Ploudalmézeau

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Ploudalmézeau
Gwitalmeze
Ploudalmézeau is located in France
Ploudalmézeau
Ploudalmézeau
Coordinates: 48°32′28″N 4°39′22″W / 48.5411°N 4.6561°W / 48.5411; -4.6561Coordinates: 48°32′28″N 4°39′22″W / 48.5411°N 4.6561°W / 48.5411; -4.6561
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Brest
Canton Ploudalmézeau
Intercommunality Pays d'Iroise
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Marguerite Lamour
Area1 23.18 km2 (8.95 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 6,070
 • Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 29178 / 29830
Elevation 0–86 m (0–282 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.

Ploudalmézeau (Breton: Gwitalmeze) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.

The village and the small port of Portsall is part of the commune. Portsall is known for the Amoco Cadiz oil spill.

International relations[edit]

It is twinned with Cullompton, Devon.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Ploudalmézeau are called in French Ploudalméziens.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 2,701 —    
1800 2,906 +7.6%
1806 2,738 −5.8%
1821 2,881 +5.2%
1831 3,023 +4.9%
1836 3,085 +2.1%
1841 3,209 +4.0%
1846 3,234 +0.8%
1851 3,219 −0.5%
1856 3,220 +0.0%
1861 3,267 +1.5%
1866 3,252 −0.5%
1872 3,148 −3.2%
1876 3,341 +6.1%
1881 3,240 −3.0%
1886 3,205 −1.1%
1891 3,286 +2.5%
1896 3,305 +0.6%
1901 3,436 +4.0%
1906 3,465 +0.8%
1911 3,725 +7.5%
1921 3,977 +6.8%
1926 3,946 −0.8%
1931 3,867 −2.0%
1936 3,802 −1.7%
1946 4,142 +8.9%
1954 4,177 +0.8%
1962 4,190 +0.3%
1968 4,297 +2.6%
1975 4,464 +3.9%
1982 4,771 +6.9%
1990 4,874 +2.2%
1999 5,009 +2.8%
2008 6,070 +21.2%

Breton language[edit]

In 2008, 11.69% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.[1]

Amoco Cadiz oil spill[edit]

Amoco Cadiz anchor in Portsall

On 16 March 1978, Amoco Cadiz, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), owned by Amoco, split in two after running aground on Portsall Rocks, 5 km (3.1 mi) from the coast of Portsall, resulting in the largest oil spill of its kind in history to that date.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]