Morbihan

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Morbihan
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Coat of Arms du Morbihan


Details
Information
Number56
RegionBretagne
PrefectureVannes
SubprefectureLorient
Pontivy
Population


 - Total (1999)
 - Density

Ranked 32nd


643,873


94 /km2
Area6,823 km2
Cantons42
Communes261
President of the
general council
Joseph-François Kergueris
Location
Location of Morbihan in France

Morbihan is a département in the northwest of France named after the Morbihan (small sea in Breton), the enclosed sea that is the principal feature of the coastline.

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History

Morbihan was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Brittany.

Geography

Morbihan is part of the current région of Bretagne and is surrounded by the departments of Finistère, Côte-d'Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, and Loire-Atlantique, and the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest.

In the Gulf of Morbihan are five inhabited islands:

  • Meaban, on which there is an ornithological preserve
  • Houat
  • Hoëdic
  • Belle-Ile
  • Groix

Culture

The Breton language is an important issue, with many advocating bilingual education.

Tourism

The megalithic alignments of Carnac are situated in Morbihan.

Miscellaneous topics

List of the communes of the Morbihan département

External links

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