Lesneven

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Lesneven
Lesneven is located in France
Lesneven
Lesneven
Coordinates: 48°34′20″N 4°18′53″W / 48.5722°N 4.3147°W / 48.5722; -4.3147Coordinates: 48°34′20″N 4°18′53″W / 48.5722°N 4.3147°W / 48.5722; -4.3147
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Brest
Canton Lesneven
Intercommunality Pays de Lesneven et de la Côte des Légendes
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Claudie Balcon
Area
 • Land1 10.27 km2 (3.97 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 6,794
 • Population2 density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 29124 / 29260
Elevation 14–79 m (46–259 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.

Lesneven (Breton: Lesneven) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in northwestern France.

It lies 24 km (15 mi) northeast of Brest, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from the English Channel in the middle of the Leon plateau.

History[edit]

Lesneven has its origins in the immigration from southwest Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries, and the name (Les-an-Even) means "court of Even" in Common Brittonic (Llys-Ifan in Welsh) after an alleged military leader of that period.[1] Lesneven was the castle-town controlling Léon during the Middle Ages. The castle is now gone, but many buildings of the 15th-18th centuries are still to be found in the centre. The Museum of Léon is here. The town now functions as a market and service centre for the surrounding rural district.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Lesneven are called of in French Lesneviens.

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 3,200 —    
1800 1,860 −41.9%
1806 2,178 +17.1%
1821 2,314 +6.2%
1831 2,404 +3.9%
1836 2,664 +10.8%
1841 2,832 +6.3%
1846 2,847 +0.5%
1851 2,847 +0.0%
1856 2,663 −6.5%
1861 2,662 −0.0%
1866 2,759 +3.6%
1872 2,978 +7.9%
1876 2,905 −2.5%
1881 2,950 +1.5%
1886 3,028 +2.6%
1891 3,284 +8.5%
1896 3,488 +6.2%
1901 3,496 +0.2%
1906 3,375 −3.5%
1911 3,776 +11.9%
1921 3,899 +3.3%
1926 3,969 +1.8%
1931 4,111 +3.6%
1936 4,300 +4.6%
1946 4,825 +12.2%
1954 5,181 +7.4%
1962 5,071 −2.1%
1968 5,626 +10.9%
1975 6,083 +8.1%
1982 6,145 +1.0%
1990 6,250 +1.7%
1999 6,347 +1.6%
2008 6,794 +7.0%

Breton language[edit]

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg 18 July 2007.

In 2008, 19.08% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.[2]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Lesneven is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cotes des Legendes
  2. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  3. ^ "Oficiálne stránky mesta Kežmarok". kezmarok.sk. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 

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