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Finistère (Department, France)


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Flag of the General Council

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Administrative data

Code: 29
Region: Bretagne
Traditional provinces: Bretagne (traditional Breton provinces of Cornouaille and Léon, traditional district of Pays Bigouden)
Bordering departments: Côtes-d'Armor, Morbihan

Area: 6,733 km2
Population (1995): 840,600 inhabitants

Préfecture: Quimper
Sous-préfectures: Brest, Châteaulin, Morlaix
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 52 cantons, 283 communes.

The department is named after its geographical location, at land's end (Finis Terrae, in Latin).

Flag of the General Council

Lower inscription Penn-ar-Bed means in Breton land's end.
Upper part of shield is ermine (traditional heraldic Breton symbol)
Lower left is a lion (Northern part of Finistère is province of Léon)
Lower right is a ram, for Breton Cornwall (Southern part of Finistère).

Armand Noël du Payrat, 7 April 1997

Penn-ar-Bed is cognate with Welsh pen y byd, Irish ceann an bheatha and Scots Gaelic ceann na bithe, all of which mean end of the earth.

Vincent Morley, 7 April 1997