Île-de-France ("Island of France") is one of the 26 administrative regions in the north of France. Its capital is the city of Paris. Popularly known as Région Parisienne (the Paris Region), it is the most populous region in France and it consisted of eight departments: Paris (75), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de-Marne (94) and Val-d'Oise (95).
The river Seine runs through the region. The Seine has many tributaries, including the rivers Oise and Aube. It is France's second largest river after the Loire. The region is in an area of lowland called the Paris Basin. South of this region lies the Massif Central, an area of highlands that are higher than the surrounding countryside but far lower than the Alps.
The climate of the region is quite similar to much of Western Europe, except that it has warmer summers and milder winters and receives less rain.
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