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""Prefecture building of the Morbihan department, in Vannes
"Prefecture building of the Morbihan department, in Vannes
""Flag of Morbihan
""Coat of arms of Morbihan
Coat of arms
""Location of Morbihan in France
Location of Morbihan in France
Coordinates: 47°50′N 02°50′W / 47.833°N 2.833°W / 47.833; -2.833"Coordinates: 47°50′N 02°50′W / 47.833°N 2.833°W / 47.833; -2.833
"Country "France
"Region "Brittany
"Prefecture "Vannes
"Subprefectures "Lorient
 • "President of the General Council "François Goulard
 • Total 6,823 km2 (2,634 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 737,778
 • Rank "31st
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
"Time zone "CET ("UTC+1)
 • Summer ("DST) "CEST ("UTC+2)
"Department number 56
"Arrondissements "3
"Cantons "21
"Communes "253
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude "estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Morbihan (French pronunciation: ​"[mɔʁbi.ɑ̃]; "Breton: Mor-Bihan, Breton pronunciation: "[morˈbiˑãn]) is a "department in "Brittany, situated in the northwest of France. It is named after the "Morbihan (small sea in "Breton), the enclosed sea that is the principal feature of the coastline. It is noted for its "Carnac stones, which predate and are more extensive than the "Stonehenge monument that is more familiar to English speakers.



Morbihan is one of the original 83 departments created during the "French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from a part of the "Duchy of Brittany.


Morbihan is part of the current "region of "Brittany and is surrounded by the departments of "Finistère, "Côtes-d'Armor, "Ille-et-Vilaine, and "Loire-Atlantique, and the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest.

The "Gulf of Morbihan has many islands: 365 according to legend, but, in reality, between 30 and 40, depending on how they are counted. There are also many islets which are too small to be built on. Of these islands, all but two are private: l'"Île-aux-Moines and l'"Île-d'Arz. The others are privately owned, some by movie stars or fashion designers.

In the department of Morbihan, but outside the Gulf, there are four inhabited islands:

The largest towns in Morbihan are "Vannes and "Lorient.

Art and culture[edit]

The "Breton language is an important issue, with many advocating bilingual education.

The painter "Raymond Wintz (1884–1956) depicted locations around the Gulf of Morbihan.


As of 2014, the "préfet of Morbihan is Jean-François Savy, previously head of the Prefectures of "Ardennes and of "Hautes-Alpes.[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Le préfet du Morbihan". Morbihan Prefecture website. 

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