Haute-Corse

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Haute-Corse
Department
Coat of arms of Haute-Corse
Coat of arms
Location of Haute-Corse in France
Location of Haute-Corse in France
Coordinates: 42°28′N 9°12′E / 42.467°N 9.200°E / 42.467; 9.200Coordinates: 42°28′N 9°12′E / 42.467°N 9.200°E / 42.467; 9.200
Country France
Region Corsica
Prefecture Bastia
Subprefectures Calvi
Corte
Government
 • President of the General Council Joseph Castelli (since November 2010)
Area1
 • Total 4,666 km2 (1,802 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 141,603
 • Rank 93rd
 • Density 30/km2 (79/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 2B
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 30
Communes 236
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Haute-Corse (French pronunciation: ​[ot.kɔʁs]; Corsican: Corsica suprana) (English: Upper Corsica) is a department of France composed of the northern part of the island of Corsica.

History[edit]

The department was formed on 15 September 1975, when the department of Corsica was divided into Upper Corsica (Haute-Corse) and South Corsica (Corse-du-Sud). The department corresponds exactly to the former department of Golo, which existed between 1793 and 1811.

Map of Haute-Corse

Geography[edit]

The department is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and on the south by the department of Corse-du-Sud.

Demographics[edit]

The inhabitants of the entire island of Corsica are called Corsicans.

Culture and politics[edit]

The 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.

General Council[edit]

The President of the General Council is Paul Giacobbi, who has held the office since 1998.

Party seats
Left Radical Party 9
Miscellaneous Left 7
Union for a Popular Movement 5
Miscellaneous Right 5
Socialist Party 3
MoDem 1

Tourism[edit]

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