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Hauts-de-France
—  Region of France  —
Hauts-de-France region locator map.svg
Country France
Prefecture Lille
Departments
Government
 • President Xavier Bertrand (The Republicans)
Area
 • Total 31,813 km2 (12,283 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 5,973,098
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
NUTS Region
Website [[[wikipedia:wikidata:property|entry]] at Wikidata entry at Wikidata]

Hauts-de-France[1] (French pronunciation: [o d(ə) fʁɑ̃s], translates to "Upper France" in English) is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. The new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.[2] France's Conseil d'État approved Hauts-de-France as the name of the region on 28 September 2016, effective 30 September 2016.[3]

The region covers an area of more than 31,813 km2 (12,283 sq mi), and has a population of 5,973,098.[4]

ToponymyEdit

The region's interim name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie was a hyphenated placename, created by hyphenating the merged regions' names—Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie—in alphabetical order.[5]

On 14 March 2016, well ahead of the 1 July deadline, the Regional council decided on Hauts-de-France as the region's permanent name,.[1][5] The provisional name of the region was retired on 30 September 2016, when the new name of the region, Hauts-de-France, took effect.[3]

Geography Edit

Hauts-de-France

Map of the new region with its five départements, colored according to the historical provinces as they existed until 1790.

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View of England from Cap Gris Nez, France

The region borders Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia) to the northeast, the English Channel and the United Kingdom (England) to the northwest, as well as the French regions of Grand Est to the southeast, Île-de-France to the south, and Normandy to the southwest.

Major communities Edit

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Lille

0 Amiens - Place du Don - Cathédrale (1)

Amiens

  1. Lille (227,560; region prefecture)
  2. Amiens (133,448)
  3. Roubaix (94,713)
  4. Tourcoing (91,923)
  5. Dunkirk (90,995)
  6. Calais (72,589)
  7. Villeneuve-d'Ascq (62,308)
  8. Saint-Quentin (55,978)
  9. Beauvais (54,289)
  10. Valenciennes (42,691)

See also Edit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 49°55′14″N 2°42′11″E / 49.9206, 2.703


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