Côtes-d'Armor — Department —
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Coordinates: Coordinates: Country France Region Brittany Prefecture Saint-Brieuc Subprefectures Dinan
Government – President of the General Council Claudy Lebreton (PS) Area1 – Total 6,878 km2 (2,655.6 sq mi) Population (2009) – Total 576,049 – Rank 43rd – Density 83.8/km2 (216.9/sq mi) Time zone CET (UTC+1) – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) Department number 22 Arrondissements 4 Cantons 52 Communes 373 ^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2
Côtes-du-Nord was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Brittany. Its name was changed in 1990 to Côtes-d'Armor (ar mor meaning the sea in Breton). The name also has a historical connotation recalling the Roman province of Armorica.
The inhabitants of the department are called Costarmoricains.
The Côtes-d'Armor has usually been a left-wing holdout in a historically strongly clerical and right-wing Brittany, due to the department's more anti-clerical nature, especially in the inland area around Guingamp, a former Communist stronghold.
The President of the General Council is Claudy Lebreton of the Socialist Party.
Party seats • Socialist Party 33 Union for a Popular Movement 8 • Miscellaneous Left 4 • French Communist Party 4 Miscellaneous Right 1 MoDem 1
The western part of the département is part of the traditionally Breton-speaking "Lower Brittany" (Breizh-Izel in Breton). The boundary runs from Plouha to Mûr-de-Bretagne. The Breton language has become an intense issue in many parts of Brittany, and many Breton-speakers advocate for bilingual schools. Gallo is also spoken in the east and is offered as a language in the schools and on the baccalaureat exams.
- Cantons of the Côtes-d'Armor department
- Communes of the Côtes-d'Armor department
- Arrondissements of the Côtes-d'Armor department
- (French) Prefecture website
- (French) General Council website
- (English) Cotes-d'Armor at the Open Directory Project
- (French) Tourist board website
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