The church of Saint-Michel, in Lesneven
|Intercommunality||Pays de Lesneven et de la Côte des Légendes|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Claudie Balcon|
|Area1||10.27 km2 (3.97 sq mi)|
|• Density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|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 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. 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.
Inhabitants of Lesneven are known in French as Lesneviens.
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.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Lesneven is twinned with:
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- Official website (French)
- Kernouës Near Lesneven, the small town of Kernouës
- French Ministry of Culture list for Lesneven (French)
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