The French-speaking Switzerland or Romandie is the French-speaking part of the Suisse. The inhabitants of the French-speaking Switzerland are called Romands and Romandes .
GeographyThe French-speaking Switzerland covers the west of the countries and counted approximately 1,75 fine million inhabitants 2006. This area does not exist on the political plan in Switzerland, but joins together the populations whose common language is French. It recovers the cantons of Geneva, of the the Jura (except for the small commune Germanophone of Ederswiler), of Neuchâtel and of Vaud and part of the cantons of Bern, Freiburg and Valais.
The major part of Romandie belongs to the linguistic field Francoprovençal.
German-speaking Switzerland calls sometimes the French ones, the Welsches and the French-speaking Switzerland, the Welschland . The word Welsch meaning Celtic into old German. It was then taken again to qualify the people of Romance Langue in the zones mainly French-speaking like Romandie (Welschland) or the Netherlands (Wallon).
Origin of the French wordThe French Adjectif is a C-W communication in - and of the Romance adjective which qualifies the vernacular Language spoken in the Romania between 5th and the 10th century. It also applies to what is relating to the people conquered by Rome.
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