Lannion

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Lannion
Lannuon (in Breton)
VueDeLannionEtBrelevenez.jpg
Lannion is located in France
Lannion
Lannion
Coordinates: 48°44′00″N 3°27′15″W / 48.7333°N 3.4542°W / 48.7333; -3.4542Coordinates: 48°44′00″N 3°27′15″W / 48.7333°N 3.4542°W / 48.7333; -3.4542
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Lannion
Canton Lannion
Intercommunality Lannion Trégor Agglomération
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Christian Marquet
Area
 • Land1 43.91 km2 (16.95 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 19,733
 • Population2 density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22113 / 22300
Elevation 0–107 m (0–351 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.
View from the church of Brélévénez

Lannion (French: [la.njɔ̃] ; Breton: Lannuon) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France. It is a subprefecture of Côtes-d'Armor, the capital of Trégor and the center of an urban area of almost 60,000 inhabitants.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 3,706 —    
1800 3,132 −15.5%
1806 3,426 +9.4%
1821 3,597 +5.0%
1831 5,371 +49.3%
1836 5,461 +1.7%
1841 5,650 +3.5%
1846 5,849 +3.5%
1851 6,075 +3.9%
1856 6,642 +9.3%
1861 6,598 −0.7%
1866 6,882 +4.3%
1872 6,223 −9.6%
1876 6,294 +1.1%
1881 5,998 −4.7%
1886 6,205 +3.5%
1891 6,002 −3.3%
1896 6,126 +2.1%
1901 6,010 −1.9%
1906 5,856 −2.6%
1911 6,174 +5.4%
1921 6,047 −2.1%
1926 6,247 +3.3%
1931 6,430 +2.9%
1936 6,584 +2.4%
1946 7,220 +9.7%
1954 6,734 −6.7%
1962 9,479 +40.8%
1968 12,535 +32.2%
1975 16,867 +34.6%
1982 16,641 −1.3%
1990 16,958 +1.9%
1999 18,368 +8.3%
2008 19,733 +7.4%

Inhabitants of Lannion are called lannionnais in French.

History[edit]

Lannion takes its name from "Lann Huon" in Breton or "Land of Huon" in English. Most of the area indeed used to belong to Lord Huon.[citation needed]

The old quarter of Lannion attracts many tourists to the city. The old quarter contains old squares, a church called Brélévenez, half-timbered houses, chapels and frescoes.

Breton language[edit]

On 23 October 2006, the municipality launched a linguistic plan to promote Breton language through the Ya d'ar brezhoneg ("Yes to Breton") charter.

In 2008, 11.96% of the children attended bilingual schools in primary education.[1]

Economy[edit]

Lannion is a large telecommunications research center in France with several firms such as Alcatel-Lucent, Orange and SAGEMCOM operating there. The presence of a large telecommunications industry in the area has led to two institutes of technology in the area, IUT Lannion and a college of engineering, ENSSAT.

Culture[edit]

Regular concerts are held in the town square during the summer months known as 'Les Tardives'. Lannion is also home to the "Carré Magique", a well known theatre company in the area.

Transport[edit]

Lannion is served by extensive transport links. The nearby airport (Lannion – Côte de Granit Airport) was recently expanded to accommodate larger flights arriving from Paris and other French destinations. It is a one hour flight from Lannion to Paris. The station provides TGV services to Brest, St. Brieuc, Rennes and Paris as well as TER links to local stations.

There is a bus service connecting the town centre to surrounding areas, TILT (Transports Intercommunaux de Lannion-Trégor), with 6 lines. Line A : Hospital/Airport via Quai d'Aiguillon( in the centre of the town) Line B : Kerbabu/Coppens via Quai d'Aiguillon Line C : Alcatel/Kérilis Line Navéo : small bus around the centre of the town Line F : market day line (Thursday morning).

Church of Lannion Église de la Trinité de Brélévenez

International relations[edit]

Lannion is twinned with:

Cityscape[edit]

Evening in Lannion.

This is an evening picture of Lannion, taken from the edge of the parking space; the center of the city.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

External links[edit]