Nord-Pas-de-Calais (sometimes also Nord-Pas de Calais) is a region of France. It is found in the North, bordering Belgium. Its capital is Lille. 4 million people live in the region, 365,000 in the urban area of Lille.
The local economy used to be based on carbon, steel and textiles. The secondary sector (industry) employs 33.8% (of an 28.9% national average). Unemployment is at 12.9 per cent (9.8% national average. Structural investment in the TGV and the Channel Tunnel has shown some improvement though. The tourism industry does well thanks to the border with Belgium and closeness to England.
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