Nord-Pas-de-Calais or just plain Nord is another one of the many regions of France. Nord-Pas-de-Calais is composed of the Pas-de-Calais and the departments of Nord and the region borders Belgium and UK. Although now Nord-Pas-de-Calais is part of France, before 1477 the region was part of the Southern Netherlands. The Nord-Pas-de-Calais gradually become part of France between 1477 and 1678. Nord-Pas-de-Calais has several historical provinces such as Boulonnais, Cambraisis, French Hainaut, Calaisis, Artois and French Flanders along with other parts of northern Picardy. There is also the Minidn Basin which regional name is even now used as a sign of civic pride for the inhabitants of Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
Wikipedia mentions that “With its 330.8 people per km2 on just over 12,414 km2, it is a densely populated region, having some 4.1 million inhabitants—seven percent of France’s total population, making it the fourth most populous region in the country—83% of whom live in urban communities. Its administrative centre and largest city is Lille. The second largest city is Calais, which serves as a major continental economic/transportation hub with Dover of Great Britain 42 kilometres (26 mi) away; the White Cliffs of Dover are visible from Calais on a clear day. Other major towns include Valenciennes, Lens, Douai, Béthune, Dunkirk, Maubeuge, Boulogne, Arras, Cambrai and Saint-Omer.” As a result we can say that Nord-Pas-de-Calais it’s quite highly populated of an area.
Another thing you should know if you ever want to move to Nord-Pas-de-Calais is that the regions official language is French but it also has two smaller communities which have their specific languages, namely the Flemings which talk West Flemish that is a Dutch dialect and the Picard which speak the Picard language. There are several areas around Nord-Pas-de-Calais that recognize both these languages such as Belgium and a couple of city-level governments.
If you decide to move to Nord-Pas-de-Calais it is always best to remember these details and figure out which part you want to move to.
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