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Coat of Arms of Côtes-d'Armor
Location of Côtes-d'Armor in France
Department number: 22
Region: Bretagne
Prefecture: Saint-Brieuc
Subprefectures: Dinan
Arrondissements: 4
Cantons: 52
Communes: 373
President of the General Council: Claudy Lebreton
Population Ranked 43rd
 -1999 542,373
Population density: 79/km2
Land area¹: 6878 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Côtes-d'Armor (Breton: Aodoù-an-Arvor) is a department in the north of Brittany, in northwestern France.



Côtes-du-Nord was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 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). The name also has a historical connotation recalling the Roman province of Armorica.


Côtes-d'Armor is part of the current administrative region of Bretagne and is surrounded by the departments of Finistère, Morbihan, and Ille-et-Vilaine, with the English Channel on the north.


The inhabitants of the department are called Costarmoricains.


The Côtes-d'Armor have usually been a left-wing holdout in an 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.

The President of the General Council is Claudy Lebreton of the Socialist Party.

Party seats
Socialist Party 33
Union for a Popular Movement 8
Miscellaneous Left 4
French Communist Party 4
Miscellaneous Right 1
MoDem 1


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.

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Coordinates: 48°20′N 02°50′W / 48.333°N 2.833°W / 48.333; -2.833


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : France : Brittany : Côtes-d'Armor

Cotes D'Armor Department is in Brittany France.


St.-Brieuc agglomeration, Lannion, Trégor, Côte du Penthievre, Côte du Goelo, Côte des Ajoncs

Main Towns

St Brieuc (Prefecture)[1] Dinan Guingamp Paimpol Lannion Treguier Perros Guirec Quintin


Formerly known as Cotes du Nord this department offers a rich abundance of coastal resorts, fishing ports and interior working. The interior is largely agricultural and dotted with small villages.


As in the rest of Brittany, the language is French, though many locals may also speak Breton and English.

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