Haute-Normandie

Haute-Normandie

Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) is one of the 26 regions of France. It was created in 1956 with 2 départements: Seine-Maritime and Eure, when Normandy was divided into Basse-Normandie and Haute-Normandie. This division remains somewhat controversial, with some calling for a regrouping. But the name existed already and referred by tradition to territories currently included within the administrative region the Pays de Caux, the Pays de Bray (not the Picard one), the Roumois, the Campagne of Le Neubourg, the Plaine de Saint André and the Norman Vexin. Nowadays the main part of the Pays d'Auge and a small part of Pays d'Ouche are in Basse-Normandie.

Rouen is the regional capital, historically important with many fine churches and buildings, including the tallest cathedral tower in France. However, the region's largest city (by comparison to Rouen's centre without its suburb) is Le Havre. The region is twinned with the London Borough of Redbridge in the United Kingdom. The economy of Haute-Normandie is centred around agriculture, chemical and oil industry, though it makes millions through tourism.

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