Upper Normandy (Norman: Ĥâote-Normaundie; ) is one
of the 26 regions of France.
created in 1956 from two départements: Seine-Maritime and Eure, when
Normandy was divided into Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy.
This division continues
to provoke controversy, and some continue to call for regrouping of
the two. However, the name Upper Normandy
existed prior to 1956 and referred by tradition to territories
currently included within the administrative region: the Pays de Caux, the Pays de
Bray (not that of Picardy), the
Roumois, the Campagne of Le Neubourg, the Plaine de Saint
André and the Norman Vexin.
most of the Pays
d'Auge, as well as a small portion of the Pays d'Ouche, are located in Lower
Rouen is the
regional capital, historically important with many fine churches
and buildings, including the tallest cathedral tower in
France. The region's largest city, in terms of
metropolitan population, is Le Havre. The region is twinned with the London Borough
of Redbridge in the United Kingdom.
Its economy is centred around agriculture,
industry, petrochemicals and tourism.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Upper Normandy is twinned