Gourin

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Gourin
Gourin is located in France
Gourin
Gourin
Coordinates: 48°08′28″N 3°36′21″W / 48.1411°N 3.6058°W / 48.1411; -3.6058Coordinates: 48°08′28″N 3°36′21″W / 48.1411°N 3.6058°W / 48.1411; -3.6058
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Morbihan
Arrondissement Pontivy
Canton Gourin
Intercommunality Pays du Roi Morvan
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) David Le Solliec
Area1 74.72 km2 (28.85 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,193
 • Density 56/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 56066 / 56110
Elevation 83–301 m (272–988 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Gourin (Breton: Gourin) is a commune in the Morbihan département of Brittany in north-western France.

History[edit]

This small town is well known for the Révolte des Bonnets Rouges against local nobles at the end of the 17th century. The town is also known for being the origin of many immigrants to USA and Canada during the first part of the 20th century. It has a large copy of the Statue of Liberty standing in the main square opposite the town hall alongside the monument to the fallen soldiers of the 20th century who came from this region.

Gourin still has a large number of native Breton speakers. The people of this region are very proud of their Celtic heritage and have preserved many old customs and traditions.

Demographics[edit]

Inhabitants of Gourin are called in French Gourinois.

Breton language[edit]

In 2008, 18.32% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.[2]

People[edit]

  • The father of the Breton musician, Alan Stivell, was from Gourin.

Twinning[edit]

Gourin is twinned with the following place:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ données officielles 2006 sur le site de l’INSEE
  2. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

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