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Basic data
Country FranceFrance France
prefecture Lille
President of the Regional Council Xavier Bertrand ( LR )
population 5,987,883 (2013)
Population density 188.3 inhabitants per km²
surface 31,804 km²
Departments 5
Arrondissements 26th
Community associations 94
Cantons 145
Communities 3,789
ISO-3166-2 code FR-HDF

Relief map of the Hauts-de-France region

Hauts-de-France [ od (ə) fʁãs ] is a French region that was created on January 1, 2016 through the merger of the previous regions of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy . From January to September 2016 it was given the provisional name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie .

With 31,813 km², Hauts-de-France is the eighth largest region by area (excluding overseas regions) and has 5,960,000 inhabitants (as of 2012), making it the third largest region in terms of population. It is divided into the five departments Aisne , Nord , Oise , Pas-de-Calais and Somme . It borders (clockwise) with Belgium and the regions of Grand Est , Île-de-France and Normandie .

The administrative seat of the region is Lille .


When the region was formed in January 2016, it was given the provisional name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie . This name is formed from the alphabetical order of the merged regions. The regional council had until June 30 to decide on a final name. In March 2016 he decided to use the name Hauts-de-France with the subtitle Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie . This was confirmed by the Conseil d'État on September 28, 2016 without the subtitle and came into force on the following day.

Instead of Hauts-de-France , Internet surveys also suggested Flandres-Artois-Picardy and Northern Picardy as possible names.


The most populous cities in the Hauts-de-France region are:

city Inhabitants (year) Department
Lille 232,787 (2017) North
Amiens 134,057 (2017) Somme
Roubaix 96,990 (2017) North
Tourcoing 97,368 (2017) North
Dunkerque 87,353 (2017) North
Calais 73,911 (2017) Pas-de-Calais
Villeneuve-d'Ascq 63,408 (2017) North
Saint-Quentin 53,816 (2017) Aisne
Beauvais 56,254 (2017) Oise
Valenciennes 43,336 (2017) North


Political structure

The Hauts-de-France region is divided into five departments :

OZ = Ordinal number of the department         Arr. = Number of arrondissements        According to = Number of municipalities
W. = Coat of arms of the department Kant. = Number of cantons
ISO = ISO-3166-2 code GV = Number of municipal associations
OZ W. Department prefecture ISO Arr. GV Kant. According to Residents
January 1, 2017
(inh / km²)
02 Coat of arms of the Aisne department Aisne Laon FR-02 000000000000005.00000000005 000000000000020.000000000020th 000000000000021.000000000021st 000000000000800.0000000000800 000000000534490.0000000000534.490 000000000007362.00000000007,362 73
59 Coat of arms of the north department North Lille FR-59 000000000000006.00000000006th 000000000000018.000000000018th 000000000000041.000000000041 000000000000648.0000000000648 000000002604361.00000000002,604,361 000000000005743.00000000005,743 453
60 Coat of arms of the Oise department Oise Beauvais FR-60 000000000000004.00000000004th 000000000000022.000000000022nd 000000000000021.000000000021st 000000000000679.0000000000679 000000000824503.0000000000824.503 000000000005860.00000000005,860 141
62 Coat of arms of the Pas-de-Calais department Pas-de-Calais Arras FR-62 000000000000007.00000000007th 000000000000020.000000000020th 000000000000039.000000000039 000000000000890.0000000000890 000000001468018.00000000001,468,018 000000000006672.00000000006,672 220
80 Coat of arms of the Somme department Somme Amiens FR-80 000000000000004.00000000004th 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000023.000000000023 000000000000772.0000000000772 000000000572443.0000000000572,443 000000000006167.00000000006.167 93
total 000000000000026.000000000026th 000000000000094.000000000094 000000000000145.0000000000145 000000000003789.00000000003,789 6,003,815 000000000031804.000000000031,804 189
Arrondissements in the Hauts-de-France region
Cantons in the Hauts-de-France region
Associations of municipalities in the Hauts-de-France region

Regional council

Result of the election of the regional council on December 13, 2015:

The Socialist Party withdrew its list after the first ballot and called for the election of Xavier Bertrand's list to prevent the Front National from winning.

Web links

Commons : Hauts-de-France  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Hauts-de-France", le nouveau nom choisi pour la region Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie
  2. Décret n ° 2016-1265 on September 28, 2016 portant fixation du nom et du chef-lieu de la region Hauts-de-France, publié au Journal Officiel on September 29, 2016.
  3. Carte de France à 13 regions: Comment vont-elles s'appeler? on 20minutes.fr , accessed June 15, 2015.
  4. Résultats régionales 2015 on linternaute.com, accessed on January 11, 2016