|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (January 2009)|
|• President of the General Council||Jean-Jacques Panunzi (UMP)|
|• Total||4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)|
|• Density||30/km2 (77/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
The department was formed on 15 September 1975, when the corsican department was divided into Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. Its boundaries correspond to the former department of Liamone, which existed from 1793 to 1811.
The entire island of Corsica is mountainous with many beautiful beaches.
The inhabitants of all of Corsica are called Corsicans.
Culture and Politics
Corsicans are a fiercely independent people. However, a 6 July 2003 referendum on increased autonomy was voted down by a very thin majority: 50.98 percent against to 49.02 percent for. This was a major setback for French Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy, who had hoped to use Corsica as the first step in his decentralization policies.
The President of the General Council is Jean-Jacques Panunzi, who has held the office since 2006.
|•||Union for a Popular Movement||11|
|Left Radical Party||2|
|Party of the Corsican Nation||1|
South Corsica enjoys the mild and hot climate of Mediterranean Islands, and therefore attracts a lot of tourists. Its gem is the city of Bonifacio, part of which is built upon a huge cliff. But inside mountains are beautiful as well, especially the Aiguilles de Bavella, some naked, needle-like rocks.
- Cantons of the Corse-du-Sud department
- Communes of the Corse-du-Sud department
- Arrondissements of the Corse-du-Sud department
- (French) University of Corsica website