Paris is the capital city of France. It is situated on the River Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Paris has an estimated population of 2,153,600 within city limit (2005 est.). The Paris urban area has a population of 9.93 million and a commuter belt around the same completes the Paris “aire urbaine” that, with its population of 12 million, is one of the most populated areas of its kind in Europe. It is also regarded as one of the major global cities, along with London, New York and Tokyo.