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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
 • President of the General Council François Orlandi (PRG; since Jan. 20th, 2015)
 • Total 4,666 km2 (1,802 sq mi)
 • Total 141,603
 • Rank 93rd
 • Density 30/km2 (79/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number 2B
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 15
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 former department of France, consisting of the northern part of the island of Corsica. It and the other Corsican department, Corse-du-Sud, merged on 1 January 2018 with the single collectivity of Corsica, with territorial elections coinciding with the dissolution of the separate councils.[1] The people living in the former department are called "Northerners" (Supranacci).


Map of Haute-Corse

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.

On 6 July 2003, a 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 former department is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and on the south by the department of Corse-du-Sud.


Current National Assembly Representatives

Constituency Member[2] Party
Haute-Corse's 1st constituency Michel Castellani Pè a Corsica
Haute-Corse's 2nd constituency Jean-Félix Acquaviva Pè a Corsica


See also


  1. ^ Morgane Rubetti (1 December 2017). "Corse : cinq questions pour comprendre les élections territoriales". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/

External links

  • (in French) General Council website
  • (in English) Haute-Corse at Curlie
  • (in French) University of Corsica website
  • (in English) Corsica Isula

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