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Coat of Arms of Haute-Corse
Location of Haute-Corse in France
Department number: 2B
Region: Corsica
Prefecture: Bastia
Subprefectures: Calvi
Arrondissements: 3
Cantons: 30
Communes: 236
President of the General Council: Paul Giacobbi
Population Ranked 93rd
 -1999 141,603
Population density: 30/km2
Land area¹: 4666 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Haute-Corse (Corsican: Corsica suprana) (English: Upper Corsica) is a French department. It constitutes the northern part of the island of Corsica.



The department was formed on September 15, 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.

Map of Corsica


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 July 6, 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.

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

See also

External links

Coordinates: 42°28′N 9°12′E / 42.467°N 9.2°E / 42.467; 9.2

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Haute-Corse is in Corsica.

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