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Corsica suprana / Cismonte / Alta Corsica  (Corsican)
Upper Corsica
Coat of arms of Haute-Corse
Coat of arms
Official logo of Haute-Corse
Location of Haute-Corse in France
Location of Haute-Corse in France
Country France
Region Corsica
Prefecture Bastia
Subprefectures Calvi
 • Prefect François Ravier[1]
 • Total 4,666 km2 (1,802 sq mi)
Population (Jan. 2018)[2]
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 • Rank 92nd
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 2B
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 15
Communes 236
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Haute-Corse (French pronunciation: [ot kɔʁs]; Corsican: Corsica suprana [ˈkorsiɡa suˈprana], Cismonte [tʃiˈzmɔntɛ][lower-alpha 1] or Alta Corsica; English: Upper Corsica) is a department of France, consisting of the northern part of the island of Corsica. The corresponding departmental territorial collectivity merged with that of Corse-du-Sud on 1 January 2018, forming the single territorial collectivity of Corsica, with territorial elections coinciding with the dissolution of the separate councils.[3] However, even though its administrative powers were ceded to the new territorial collectivity, it continues to remain an administrative department in its own right. In 2019, it had a population of 181,933.[4]


The department was formed on 1 January 1976, when the department of Corsica was divided into Upper Corsica (Haute-Corse) and Southern Corsica (Corse-du-Sud). The department corresponds exactly to the former department of Golo, which existed between 1793 and 1811.

On 6 July 2003, a referendum on increased autonomy was voted down by a very thin majority: 50.98 percent against to 49.02 percent for. This was a major setback for French Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy, who had hoped to use Corsica as the first step in his decentralization policies.

On 1 January 2018, Haute-Corse's administrative powers were partly ceded to the new territorial collectivity of Corsica.


The department is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea and on the south by the department of Corse-du-Sud. Rivers include the Abatesco, Golo and Tavignano.

Principal towns

The most populous commune is Bastia, the prefecture. As of 2019, there are 7 communes with more than 5,000 inhabitants:[4]

Commune Population (2019)
Bastia 48,503
Borgo 8,832
Biguglia 7,810
Corte 7,485
Lucciana 6,007
Calvi 5,774
Furiani 5,608


The people living in the department are called Supranacci. Most people of the department lives on coastal areas throughout highway.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1968 115,702 —    
1975 125,284 +1.14%
1982 131,574 +0.70%
1990 131,563 −0.00%
1999 141,603 +0.82%
2007 159,847 +1.53%
2012 170,828 +1.34%
2017 177,689 +0.79%
Source: INSEE[5]


The current prefect of Haute-Corse is François Ravier, who took office on 3 June 2019.[1]

Current National Assembly representatives

Constituency Member[6] Party
Haute-Corse's 1st constituency Michel Castellani Pè a Corsica
Haute-Corse's 2nd constituency Jean-Félix Acquaviva Pè a Corsica


See also


  1. Also Italian: [tʃiˈzmonte].


  1. 1.0 1.1 Prise de fonction de François Ravier, Préfet de la Haute-Corse, Haute-Corse official website, 4 June 2019.
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  4. 4.0 4.1 Populations légales 2019: 2B Haute-Corse, INSEE
  5. Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
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