|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
|— Department —|
|• President of the General Council||Joseph Castelli (since November 2010)|
|• Total||4,666 km2 (1,802 sq mi)|
|• Density||30/km2 ( 79/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 department of Corse was divided into Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. The department corresponds exactly to the former department of Golo which existed between 1793 and 1811.
The department is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and on the south by the department of Corse-du-Sud.
The inhabitants of the entire island of Corsica are called Corsicans.
Culture and politics 
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 
The President of the General Council is Paul Giacobbi, who has held the office since 1998.
|•||Left Radical Party||9|
|Union for a Popular Movement||5|
Calvi seen from Notre-Dame de la Serra
See also 
- Cantons of the Haute-Corse department
- Communes of the Haute-Corse department
- Arrondissements of the Haute-Corse department
- (French) General Council website
- (English) Haute-Corse at the Open Directory Project
- (French) University of Corsica website
- (English) Corsica Isula