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Haut-Rhin (Alsatian: Owerelsàss) is a département of the Alsacemarker region France, named after the Rhinemarker river. Its name means Upper Rhine. Haut-Rhin is the smaller and less populated of the two departements of Alsace.


The department consists of the following arrondissements:


Haut-Rhin is one of the original 83 départements, created during the French Revolution, on March 4, 1790 by application of the law of December 22, 1789 on the southern half of the province of Alsacemarker (Haute-Alsacemarker).

Its boundaries have been modified many times:


Haut-Rhin is bordered by the Territoire de Belfortmarker and Vosgesmarker départements and the Vosges Mountainsmarker to the west, the Bas-Rhin département to the North, Switzerland to the south and its eastern border with Germany is also the River Rhinemarker. In the centre of the département lies a fertile plain. The climate is semi-continental.


Haut-Rhin is one of the richest French départements. Mulhousemarker is the home of a Peugeot automobile factory, manufacturing the 106 and 206 models. The lowest unemployment rate in France can be found in the Southern Sundgau region (approximately 2%). The countryside is marked by hills. Many Haut-Rhinois work in Switzerland, especially in the chemical industries of Baselmarker, but prefer to live in France for its cheaper cost of living.


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