Nord-Pas-de-Calais

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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 departments in the region are Nord and Pas-de-Calais.

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 flourishes in Nord-Pas-De-Calais as many people come from England and travel through it from other countries to go to Great Britain and other countries as it borders Belgium.