Grampian Region extends to 3320 square miles in North-east Scotland and offers an excellent quality of life for its population of more than 500,000.
It covers three local government areas - Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. It takes its name from the Grampian mountain range.
In recent decades the Grampian economy has been driven by exploration and exploitation of North Sea oil and gas but the traditional industries of farming, fishing, food processing and tourism remain important.
Over a period of 20 years it is the only part of the UK to have consistently outperformed the growth of the global economy. The City of Aberdeen, Scotland's third largest city, has been ranked as the most competitive city after London and one of the top three UK cities for knowledge-based businesses.
The city's five research institutes and two universities enjoy an international reputation in areas such as biomedicine, environmental microbiology, food and agriculture and have produced four Nobel Laureates.
Grampian has the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world and distilleries in the region produce half of all Scotch whisky.
It also has Scotland's only Castle Trail offering visitors access to castles, stately homes and tower houses. Balmoral Castle on the banks of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire has been a favourite holiday retreat for the Royal Family since 1852.
Grampian produces a third of Scotland's agricultural output and local businesses export to 100 countries.