Regional capital : Lille
Departments / Counties of Nord-Pas-de-Calais
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The most northern part of France, with a coastline on the English Channel and bordering Belgium.
Flat region, with important maritime network, hence heavy industry, mining. High urbanization, despite fertile soils. Dense road, rail and canal network.
There is an historical influence with the Flemish as the region borders with Belgium. The Northerners of France are called "Les'Tchies", reputed for being very friendly people
The region played an important role during the Second World War, especially with the evacuation of allied troops at Dunkerque/Dunkirk.
Famous for a traditional lace art work "dentelle de Calais".