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Normandy Province of France

Facts on Basse-Normandie

Land area: 17,589 kmē
Population: estimated at 1,449,000
Area: 82/kmē (2006)
Capital City: Caen

Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) was created in 1956, when the Normandy region was divided into Basse-Normandie and Haute-Normandie.

Normandy Province

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Facts on Normandy Province of France

The region includes three departments, Calvados, Manche and Orne and is an administrative region of France.

This region of France covers 10,857 square miles, which equates to 3.2 percent of the surface area of France!

The economy in this region is heavily agricultural, with livestock and dairy farming.  Fruit production and textiles are also two other major industries, plus iron ore is mined near Caen.

As you can no doubt appreciate, tourism is also a major industry because of World War II.  It was the beaches of Calvados, which were the site of the D-Day landings in June 1944.

This region also has direct ferry crossings to England via the port of Cherbourg making travel to this part of France easily accessible.

Regions of Lower Normandy include the Cotentin Peninsula and La Hague, Pays d'Auge, and the Bessin.

Normandy has its own regional language, the Norman language. This language is still in use today in Basse-Normandie.

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