Lower Normandy

- Total January 1, 2011 - Density

1,475,684 inhabitants 83.9 inhabitants per km ²

- Total - Share in France:

17,589 km ² 2.8%

The Basse -Normandie [ bɑsnɔʀmɑdi ] ( Lower Normandy ) is a region in northern France, which, Manche and Orne consists of the departments of Calvados. It has an area of ​​17,589 km ² and 1,475,684 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011). Capital of the region is Caen.


The region lies on the English Channel, into which projects the Cotentin Peninsula. To the west it borders at Mont -Saint -Michel in Brittany, on the east by the Seine estuary to the Haute -Normandie ( " Upper Normandy ").

Coat of arms

Description: Add two red blaugezungte and so reinforced golden hersehende running leopard.


The name Normandy for the region goes back to the fact that here the historic sites of the Normans are, from where in 1066 William the Conqueror conquered England ( Battle of Hastings ).

Here also found on June 6, 1944, the landings on the beaches of Omaha and Utah Beach, and Gold, Juno and Sword, and the parachute jump in Sainte- Mère- Église and in Bénouville place with which the liberation of France and Europe started by National Socialism.

The Basse -Normandie region was formed in 1956 when the historic Normandy was divided in the division of France into program regions in the two regions of Basse- Normandie and Haute -Normandie.


The most densely populated cities in the Basse -Normandie are:

Political Structure

The Basse -Normandie region is divided into three departments:


Expressed in comparison with the GDP of the European Union in purchasing power standards reached the region in 2006 an index of 89.4 (EU-27 = 100).

The best-known products of the Basse- Normandie are the raw-milk cheeses Camembert, Pont- l'Évêque, Livarot and Gert intrigues cider, perry ( pear cider ), pommeau and Calvados.


On January 3, 1987, the law was passed in France that the regional councils ( conseil régional French ) of the French regions to establish so-called " Comité Régional de Tourisme " (Eng. tourist region). The task of the " Comité Régional de Tourisme de Normandie " (Eng. Tourism Normandy ), it is to market the Normandy as a tourist destination at home and abroad. The peculiarity of this Tourist Association is that two administrative regions ( Upper and Lower Normandy ) pool their resources and their commitment to promote together for the region Normandy. In addition to marketing are also market analyzes, and improve the tourist offer in cooperation with the Norman performers important tasks of this organization.


  • Castle Pirou
  • Jardin des Plantes of Coutances
  • Lessay
  • Mont -Saint -Michel
  • La Cité de la Mer
  • Park and Garden of the Château de la Motte
  • Regional Natural Park Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin
  • Tatihou
  • Train Touristique du Cotentin
  • Tumulus of Colombiers -sur -Seulles

Pictures of Lower Normandy