Normandy (administrative region)

Summary

Normandy
Normandie  (French)
Normaundie  (Norman)
Rouen Cathedral
Normandy in France 2016.svg
Coordinates: 48°53′N 0°10′E / 48.88°N 0.17°E / 48.88; 0.17Coordinates: 48°53′N 0°10′E / 48.88°N 0.17°E / 48.88; 0.17
Country France
PrefectureRouen
Departments
Government
 • President of the Regional CouncilHervé Morin (LC)
Area
 • Total29,906 km2 (11,547 sq mi)
Area rank11th
Population
 (2013)
 • Total3,322,757
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Norman[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeFR-NOR
GDP (2015)Ranked 9th
Total€90.4 billion (US$99.3 bn)
Per capita€27.2k (US$29.9k)
NUTS RegionFRD
Websitewww.normandie.fr Edit this at Wikidata

Normandy (/ˈnɔːrməndi/; French: Normandie [nɔʁmɑ̃di] (About this soundlisten); Norman: Normaundie; from Old French Normanz, plural of Normant, originally from the word for 'northman' in several Scandinavian languages)[2] is the northwesternmost of the eighteen regions of France, roughly coextensive with the historical Duchy of Normandy.

Normandy is divided into five administrative departments: Calvados, Eure, Manche, Orne and Seine-Maritime. It covers 30,627 square kilometres (11,825 sq mi),[3] comprising roughly 5% of the territory of metropolitan France. Its population of 3,322,757 accounts for around 5% of the population of France. The inhabitants of Normandy are known as Normans, and the region is the historic homeland of the Norman language. The neighboring regions are Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France to the east, Centre-Val de Loire to the southeast, Pays de la Loire to the south, and Brittany to the southwest. The capital is Rouen.

Normandy's name comes from the settlement of the territory by mainly Danish and Swedish Vikings ("Northmen") from the 9th century, and confirmed by treaty in the 10th century between King Charles III of France and the Viking jarl Rollo. For four hundred years following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Normandy and England were linked by having the same person reign as both Duke of Normandy and King of England.

History

Rollo's descendant William became king of England in 1066 after defeating Harold Godwinson, the last of the Anglo-Saxon kings, at the Battle of Hastings, while retaining the fiefdom of Normandy for himself and his descendants.

In 1204, during the reign of John of England, mainland Normandy was taken from England by France under King Philip II. Insular Normandy (the Channel Islands) remained, however, under English control. In 1259, Henry III of England recognized the legality of French possession of mainland Normandy under the Treaty of Paris.

In 1790 the five departments of Normandy replaced the former province.

Between 1956 and 2015 Normandy was divided into two administrative regions: Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy; the regions were merged into one single region on 1 January 2016.[4] Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie) consisted of the French departments of Seine-Maritime and Eure, and Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) of the departments of Orne, Calvados, and Manche.

Politics

Historic photograph of the Caserne Jeanne d'Arc in Rouen, today seat of the Norman regional assembly

The modern region of Normandy was created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014 by the merger of Lower Normandy, and Upper Normandy. The new region took effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.[5]

The Regional Council has 102 members who are elected under a system of proportional representation. The executive consists of a president and vice-presidents. Hervé Morin from the Centre party was elected president of the council in January 2016.

Economy

Year Area Labour force in agriculture Labour force in industry Labour force in services
2003
Upper Normandy[6]
2.30 %
36.10 %
61.60 %
2006
Lower Normandy[7]
6.50 %
25.00 %
68.50 %
2006
France[8]
2.20 %
20.60 %
77.20 %
Area GDP (in million of Euros)[9] (2006) Unemployment (% of the labour force)[10] (2007)
Upper Normandy
46,853
6.80 %
Lower Normandy
34,064
7.90 %
France
1,791,956
7.50 %

Demographics

As of January 2006 the population of Normandy (including the part of Perche which lies inside the Orne département) is estimated at 3,260,000 with an average population density of 109 inhabitants per km2, just under the French national average, but rising to 147 for Upper Normandy.

Half-timbered houses in Rouen

The main cities (population given from the 1999 census) are Rouen (518,316 in the metropolitan area), the capital since 2016 of the province and formerly of Upper Normandy; Caen (420,000 in the metropolitan area) and formerly the capital of Lower Normandy; Le Havre (296,773 in the metropolitan area); and Cherbourg (117,855 in the metropolitan area).

References

  1. ^ "Norman". WordReference.com. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 3. a native or inhabitant of Normandy
  2. ^ "Norman". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  3. ^ Administrative Normandy Archived 1 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ "La carte à 13 régions définitivement adoptée". Le Monde (in French). Agence France-Presse. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  6. ^ (in French) L’état des régions françaises 2004, page 189
  7. ^ (in French) INSEE, Emploi-Chômage
  8. ^ "France in CIA factbook"
  9. ^ (in French) INSEE
  10. ^ (in French) INSEE