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The Pas-de-Calais (French: [pɑ d(ə) kalɛ] ⓘ, "strait of Calais"; Picard: Pas-Calés; also Dutch: Nauw van Kales) is a department in northern France named after the French designation of the Strait of Dover, which it borders. It has the most communes of all the departments of France, 890, and is the 8th most populous. It had a population of 1,465,278 in 2019. The Calais Passage connects to the Port of Calais on the English Channel. The Pas-de-Calais borders the departments of Nord and Somme and is connected to the English county of Kent via the Channel Tunnel.
|Subprefectures||Béthune, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais, Lens, Montreuil, Saint-Omer|
|• President of the Departmental Council||Jean-Claude Leroy|
|• Total||6,671 km2 (2,576 sq mi)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|