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Getting to know Brittany

Brittany is one of the 13 administrative regions in France. It is made up of the departments of Côtes-d’Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan. Rennes is its administrative centre and its main town.

With the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south, it is bordered by the regions of Normandy and Pays de la Loire.

Brittany is the seventh largest regional economy. After being a land of emigration for many years, Brittany is now a region that welcomes immigrants, attracting families, especially young people, as well as businesses. These new populations prefer to settle in the east of the region (attracted by Rennes) and around the coast.

Brittany is at the tip of Western Europe. From its steep cliffs to its dense forests, from its wild moorland to its towns and villages steeped in tradition, the region is wonderfully diverse.

Brittany has an exceptional natural heritage both inland and on the coast. This asset is part of its regional identity and adds to its attraction.

 

 

A cultural vitality that’s constantly renewed

The Brittany of today is best understood through its history : richly diverse, the region is stronger for its centuries-old heritage. Brittany is one of the most dynamic regions of France in terms of art and culture. Contemporary approaches add vibrancy to its rich heritage, which is still very much alive. Open to the world, Brittany’s culture is enriched by being firmly rooted in the territory where its professional and amateur artists work.

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A diversified economy

Agriculture and fishing are Brittany’s mainstays but strong industries have also developed around four key activities (food processing, telecoms, automotive, shipbuilding). The service sector is also experiencing significant growth in the region.

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The languages of Brittany : Breton and Gallo

Having become weaker since the mid-nineteenth century, the languages of Brittany (Breton and Gallo), which are considered by UNESCO to be “seriously endangered”, are gradually re-establishing themselves in Breton society. Communities, associations, the media and many volunteers are working to develop these regional languages - which are still spoken by more than 200,000 people - and to preserve this valuable heritage.

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