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Country  France
Subprefectures  Dieppe Le Havre
Department number  76
Area  6,278 km²
Population  1.255 million (2013)
Region  Normandy
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Arrondissements  3
Capital  Rouen
Prefecture  Rouen
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Destinations  Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe, Étretat, Fécamp, Le Tréport
Points of interest  Jumièges Abbey, Cleres Zoological Park, Church of St Ouen - Rouen, Rouen Cathedral, Musée des Beaux‑Arts de Rouen
Colleges and Universities  University of Rouen, NEOMA Business School, École de management de Norma, University of Le Havre, ESIGELEC

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Seine-Maritime ([sɛʁi.tim]) is a department of France in the Normandy region of northern France. It is situated on the northern coast of France, at the mouth of the Seine, and includes the cities of Rouen and Le Havre. Until 1955 it was named Seine-Inférieure.


Map of Seine-Maritime, France


1790 - Creation of the Seine-Inférieure department
The department was created from part of the old province of Normandy during the French revolution, on 4 March 1790, through the application of a law of 22 December 1789.
1815 - Occupation
After the victory at Waterloo of the coalition armies, the department was occupied by British forces from June 1815 till November 1818.
1843 – Railways and industry
In Rouen, Elbeuf, and Bolbec, the number of textile factories is increasing. Metallurgy and naval construction as well.
1851 - A republican department
Following the then president, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte's 1851 Coup d'état, Seine-Inférieure was one of several departments placed under a state of emergency (literally, in French, state of siege) following fears of significant resistance to the new government.
World War II
Occupied by the Wehrmacht, Seine-Inférieure is the witness of two Allied military raids in 1942, the Bruneval raid and Dieppe raid.
2005 - Inhabitants renamed
Previously lacking a demonym, the inhabitants of Seine-Maritime (as the department had been renamed in 1955) determined, following a public consultation, that they should be known in official documents as "Seinomarins" (males) and "Seinomarines" (females).


The department can be split into three main areas:

  • The Seine valley. The Seine flows through the provincial capital Rouen.
  • The northern coastline, including the towns of Dieppe and Le Havre.
  • The Norman Pays de Bray, with its hills and bocage landscape.
  • Administration

    The département was created in 1790 as Seine-Inférieure, one of five departements that replaced the former province of Normandy. In 1800 five arrondissements were created within the département, namely Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe, Neufchatel and Yvetot, although the latter two were disbanded in 1926. On 18 January 1955 the name of the département was changed to Seine-Maritime, in order to provide a more positive-sounding name and in-keeping with changes made in a number of other French departements.


    In 1843 the railway from Paris reached the region. The département is connected to the adjacent Eure department via the Tancarville and Pont de Normandie bridge crossings of the Seine.


    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert is set in Seine Maritime.

    The novel La Place by Annie Ernaux largely takes place in Seine-Maritime and describes events and changes that take place in relation to French society in the 20th century especially in relation to the rural population.

    The first story of long-running series Valérian and Laureline is set in Seine-Maritime, with the character Laureline originating from the area.

    Cauchois is the dialect of the Pays de Caux, and is one of the most vibrant forms of Norman language beyond Cotentinais


    Seine-Maritime Wikipedia

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