Plougastel-Daoulas

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Plougastel-Daoulas
Women of Plougastel by Charles Cottet, 1903
Women of Plougastel by Charles Cottet, 1903
Plougastel-Daoulas is located in France
Plougastel-Daoulas
Plougastel-Daoulas
Coordinates: 48°22′24″N 4°22′10″W / 48.3733°N 4.3694°W / 48.3733; -4.3694Coordinates: 48°22′24″N 4°22′10″W / 48.3733°N 4.3694°W / 48.3733; -4.3694
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Brest
Canton Daoulas
Intercommunality Brest Métropole Océane
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Dominique Cap
Area1 46.83 km2 (18.08 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 13,098
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 29189 / 29470
Elevation 0–145 m (0–476 ft)
(avg. 110 m or 360 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.

Plougastel-Daoulas (Breton: Plougastell-Daoulaz) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Plougastel-Daoulas are called in French plougastels.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 4,059 —    
1800 4,059 +0.0%
1806 4,660 +14.8%
1821 5,111 +9.7%
1831 5,515 +7.9%
1836 5,863 +6.3%
1841 5,731 −2.3%
1846 5,999 +4.7%
1851 6,065 +1.1%
1856 5,970 −1.6%
1861 6,090 +2.0%
1866 6,282 +3.2%
1872 6,315 +0.5%
1876 6,506 +3.0%
1881 6,857 +5.4%
1886 7,009 +2.2%
1891 7,162 +2.2%
1896 7,655 +6.9%
1901 7,677 +0.3%
1906 7,733 +0.7%
1911 7,874 +1.8%
1921 7,065 −10.3%
1926 6,965 −1.4%
1931 6,914 −0.7%
1936 6,726 −2.7%
1946 6,894 +2.5%
1954 6,945 +0.7%
1962 6,726 −3.2%
1968 7,075 +5.2%
1975 8,138 +15.0%
1982 9,581 +17.7%
1990 11,139 +16.3%
1999 12,243 +9.9%
2008 13,098 +7.0%

Breton language[edit]

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on October 28, 2005.

In 2008, 18.98% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.[1]

Strawberries[edit]

The region is famous for its production of strawberries (gariguette de Plougastel). The New World species of strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, which had been introduced into France by Amédée-François Frézier (1682–1773), flourished in the marine climate of Plougastel. Gardeners there had observed that this species bore abundant fruit when Fragaria moschata and Fragaria virginiana were planted in alternating rows with it. There had been failed attempts to cultivate fragaria chiloensis in Anjou, Touraine, and the lower-Loire areas.

Tourism[edit]

The Albert Louppe Bridge or Plougastel Bridge over the Elorn River is within the commune.

International relations[edit]

Plougastel is twinned with Westport, County Mayo, a town in the west of Ireland, and also with Saltash, a town in the South-East of Cornwall.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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