Upper Normandy

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Upper Normandy

Haute-Normandie (in French)
Ĥâote-Normaundie (in Norman)
Flag of Upper Normandy
Official logo of Upper Normandy
Location of Upper Normandy
Country France
Administrative region Normandy
Prefecture Rouen
 • Total 12,317 km2 (4,756 sq mi)
 • Total 1,915,000
ISO 3166 code FR-Q
NUTS Region FR2

Upper Normandy (French: Haute-Normandie, IPA: [ot nɔʁmɑ̃di]; Norman: Ĥâote-Normaundie) is a former administrative region of France. On 1 January 2016, Upper and Lower Normandy merged becoming one region called Normandy.[1]


It was created in 1956 from two departments: Seine-Maritime and Eure, when Normandy was divided into Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy. This division continued to provoke controversy, and many people continued to call for the two regions to be reunited. The two regions were finally merged on 1 January 2016. The name Upper Normandy existed prior to 1956 and referred by tradition to territories currently included within the administrative region: the Pays de Caux, the Pays de Bray (not that of Picardy), the Roumois, the Campagne of Le Neubourg, the Plaine de Saint-André and the Norman Vexin. Today, most of the Pays d'Auge, as well as a small portion of the Pays d'Ouche, are located in Lower Normandy. Rouen and Le Havre are important urban centers.

Major communities

The Saint-Vincent neighborhood in Le Havre

Rouen is the regional capital, historically important with many fine churches and buildings, including the tallest cathedral tower in France. The region's largest city, in terms of municipal population, is Le Havre, although Rouen is by far the most populous urban area and metropolitan area. The region is twinned with the London Borough of Redbridge in England. Its economy is centered on agriculture, industry, petrochemicals and tourism.

Le Grand-Quevilly
Le Havre
Le Petit-Quevilly

See also


  1. ^ Loi n° 2015-29 du 16 janvier 2015 relative à la délimitation des régions, aux élections régionales et départementales et modifiant le calendrier électoral (in French)

External links

  • Upper Normandy : a haven of peace – official French website (in English)
  • Official website (in French)

Coordinates: 49°30′N 1°00′E / 49.500°N 1.000°E / 49.500; 1.000

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