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Presentation of the Hauts-de-France Region

The northernmost region of France, Hauts-de-France, whose capital is the city of Lille, was created on January 1, 2016 by the meeting of the former Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy regions. Characterized by low relief and made up of the departments of Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais and Somme, the region whose main urban areas are those of Lille – Roubaix – Tourcoing, Douai – Lens, Béthune, Valenciennes, Amiens and Dunkirk have a large population mainly concentrated in the north-east, at the level of the former mining basin. With 6,006,156 inhabitants and a population density of 189 inhabitants/km2, it represents the 3rd most populated region in the country and the 2nd most densely populated in mainland France after Île-de-France.

The Hauts-de-France region enjoys a privileged geographical position in Europe. At the crossroads between France, Benelux and England, the region offers direct access to 5 European capitals: Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg, London and Amsterdam. From Hauts-de-France, you can access a huge market in 3 hours. Within a radius of 300 km, you reach 78 million consumers, or a quarter of the European population. This market, which extends over 6 countries (France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, England and Germany), represents a purchasing power of 1,500 billion euros. From a logistical point of view, the geographical location of Hauts-de-France facilitates the shipping of goods to your consumption areas. In addition, the Hauts-de-France territory has another advantage: its maritime facade. Dunkirk and Calais both rank in the top 5 French cargo ports. The region is also very close to other major European ports such as Dover or Rotterdam.


In the folklore of northern France and Belgium, the giant is a gigantic figure that represents a fictional or real being. Inherited from medieval rites, tradition dictates that it is worn, and that it dances in the streets on the days of carnivals, flea markets, fairs, ducasses and other festivals. Its physiognomy and size are variable, and its name varies according to the region; among the Flemings it is known as Reuze, among the Picards it is called Gayant.




  • Xavier Bertrand, born March 21, 1965 in Châlons-sur-Marne, is a French politician. Between 2005 and 2012, he was Minister of Health in the Dominique de Villepin government and Minister of Labor in the three François Fillon governments. From 2008 to 2010, he was secretary general of the UMP.
  • The Hauts-de-France regional hotel, located at no. 151, avenue du Président-Hoover in Lille, is the headquarters of the Hauts-de-France regional council. Before January 1, 2016, it was the seat of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional council