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Corsica

Corsica
NameCorsica
Native NameCorse
Reg LogoCorse-Logo.jpg
Logo Size35
FlagFlag of Corsica.svg
Flag LinkFlag of Corsica
CapitalAjaccio
Official LanguageFrench, Corsican
Others LanguageEnglish (Commercial and Touristic level)
Area8680
Population302000
Pop Date2008-01-01
Pop Rank25th
GDP7
GDP Year2006
GDP Per Capita20,300
GDP Cap Year2006
GDP Cap Ref
Websitecorse.fr
LeaderPaul Giacobbi
Leader PartyPRG
Departments2
Dept1Haute-Corse
Dept2Corse-du-Sud
NUTSFR8

Corsica

Islands information
NameCorsica
Native nameCorsica
LocationMediterranean Sea
Geography information
Area8680 km2 (3351.4 mi)
Length184 km (114.3 mi)
Width83 km (51.6 mi)
Coastline1000 km (621.4 mi)
Elevation8878 ft (2706 m)
Highest pointMonte Cinto
Administration information
France
RégionCorsica
Largest cityAjaccio
Administration information
Population302000 as of Jan. 2008
Density35 km2

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Corsica (c-eniconˈkɔːrsɪkə; , -frkɔʁsIPA; ; , -itˈkɔrsikaIPA) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located west of Italy, southeast of the French mainland, and north of the island of Sardinia.

Corsica is one of the 27 régions of France, although strictly speaking Corsica is designated as a "territorial collectivity" (collectivité territoriale) by law. As a territorial collectivity, it enjoys greater powers than other French régions, but for the most part its status is quite similar. Corsica is referred to as a "région" in common speech, and is almost always listed among the other régions of France. Although the island is separated from the continental mainland by the Ligurian Sea and is closer to Italy than to the French mainland, politically Corsica is part of Metropolitan France. It was once briefly an independent Corsican Republic, until being incorporated into France in 1769. Its culture has both French and Italian elements.

Napoléon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, where his ancestral home, Casa Buonaparte, is also located.

Corsica is also the birthplace of the singers Tino Rossi and Alizée.


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