Regional capital : Ajaccio
Departments / Counties of Corse
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Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of mainland France.
Corsica is actually closer to Italy than mainland France and only a few miles from the island from Sardinia.
The Island of Beauty as the French often call it was attached to France in 1768 by the Treaty of Versailles.
Mainly granite, giving sharp cliffs but poor farming. Hills with "maquis". The population and industry density are low.
The beautiful landscape and warm seas make this a preferred destination for the tourist. The beaches and very clear water are excellent for all water sports, and some of the best diving in the world.
Inland there are mountains with the highest peak of Monte Cinto at 2706 metres above sea level.
Wine, fruit and dairy production are important industries.
There is still political unrest with claims for independence. The people have their own language which is still spoken and taught in schools.