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Prefecture building of the Côtes-d'Armor department, in Saint-Brieuc
Location of Côtes-d'Armor in France
|• President of the General Council||Claudy Lebreton (PS)|
|• Total||6,878 km2 (2,656 sq mi)|
|• Density||87/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Côtes-du-Nord was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Brittany. Its name was changed in 1990 to Côtes-d'Armor (ar mor meaning "the sea" in Breton and Côtes meaning "coast" in French). The name also has a historical connotation recalling the Roman province of Armorica.
The inhabitants of the department are called Costarmoricains.
The Côtes-d'Armor has usually been a left-wing holdout in a historically strongly clerical and right-wing Brittany, due to the department's more anti-clerical nature, especially in the inland area around Guingamp, a former Communist stronghold.
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The western part of the département is part of the traditionally Breton-speaking "Lower Brittany" (Breizh-Izel in Breton). The boundary runs from Plouha to Mûr-de-Bretagne. The Breton language has become an intense issue in many parts of Brittany, and many Breton-speakers advocate for bilingual schools. Gallo is also spoken in the east and is offered as a language in the schools and on the baccalaureat exams.
The English born poet Robert William Service (1874–1958) known as the "Bard of the Yukon" is buried in Lancieux.
- Cantons of the Côtes-d'Armor department
- Communes of the Côtes-d'Armor department
- Arrondissements of the Côtes-d'Armor department
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