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Lower Normandy (called Basse-Normandie in French) is one of the administrative Regions of France. The capital city is Caen. In 2007 about 1.4 million people lived in the Region.

Lower Normandy was formed as a region in 1956. The old region of Normandy was split into the current Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy. The departments in the region are Calvados, Manche, and Orne.

The economy is centered on agriculture. Cider is made there and livestock is farmed. There is a bit of textile industry as well. It is the first region of France when it comes to producing butter, cheese and horses. The west part of the region is used mainly for farming, because of the prairies. Camembert, Pont-l'évêque and Livarot cheeses come from this region.