Ploudalmézeau

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Ploudalmézeau
Gwitalmeze
Commune
A view of the sea, at Portsall
A view of the sea, at Portsall
Coat of arms of Ploudalmézeau
Coat of arms
Ploudalmézeau is located in France
Ploudalmézeau
Ploudalmézeau
Location within Brittany region
Ploudalmézeau is located in Brittany
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 Plabennec
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)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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
YearPop.±%
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]