Lannion

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Lannion
Lannuon
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Lannion is located in France
Lannion
Lannion
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Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Lannion
Canton Lannion
Intercommunality Lannion Trégor Agglomération
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Christian Marquet
Area1 43.91 km2 (16.95 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 19,733
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22113 / 22300
Elevation 0–107 m (0–351 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.
View from the church of Brélévénez

Lannion (French: [la.njɔ̃] ; Breton: Lannuon) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France. It is a subprefecture of Côtes-d'Armor, the capital of Trégor and the center of an urban area of almost 60,000 inhabitants.

Population

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 3,706 —    
1800 3,132 −15.5%
1806 3,426 +9.4%
1821 3,597 +5.0%
1831 5,371 +49.3%
1836 5,461 +1.7%
1841 5,650 +3.5%
1846 5,849 +3.5%
1851 6,075 +3.9%
1856 6,642 +9.3%
1861 6,598 −0.7%
1866 6,882 +4.3%
1872 6,223 −9.6%
1876 6,294 +1.1%
1881 5,998 −4.7%
1886 6,205 +3.5%
1891 6,002 −3.3%
1896 6,126 +2.1%
1901 6,010 −1.9%
1906 5,856 −2.6%
1911 6,174 +5.4%
1921 6,047 −2.1%
1926 6,247 +3.3%
1931 6,430 +2.9%
1936 6,584 +2.4%
1946 7,220 +9.7%
1954 6,734 −6.7%
1962 9,479 +40.8%
1968 12,535 +32.2%
1975 16,867 +34.6%
1982 16,641 −1.3%
1990 16,958 +1.9%
1999 18,368 +8.3%
2008 19,733 +7.4%

Inhabitants of Lannion are called lannionnais in French.

History

Lannion takes its name from "Lann Huon" in Breton or "Land of Huon" in English. Most of the area indeed used to belong to Lord Huon.[citation needed]

The old quarter of Lannion attracts many tourists to the city. The old quarter contains old squares, a church called Brélévenez, half-timbered houses, chapels and frescoes.

Breton language

On 23 October 2006, the municipality launched a linguistic plan to promote Breton language through the Ya d'ar brezhoneg ("Yes to Breton") charter.

In 2008, 11.96% of the children attended bilingual schools in primary education.[1]

Economy

Lannion is a large telecommunications research center in France with several firms such as Alcatel-Lucent, Orange and SAGEMCOM operating there. The presence of a large telecommunications industry in the area has led to two institutes of technology in the area, IUT Lannion and a college of engineering, ENSSAT.

Culture

Regular concerts are held in the town square during the summer months known as 'Les Tardives'. Lannion is also home to the "Carré Magique", a well known theatre company in the area.

Transport

Lannion is served by extensive transport links. The nearby airport (Lannion – Côte de Granit Airport) was recently expanded to accommodate larger flights arriving from Paris and other French destinations. It is a one hour flight from Lannion to Paris. The station provides TGV services to Brest, St. Brieuc, Rennes and Paris as well as TER links to local stations.

There is a bus service connecting the town centre to surrounding areas, TILT (Transports Intercommunaux de Lannion-Trégor), with 6 lines. Line A : Hospital/Airport via Quai d'Aiguillon( in the centre of the town) Line B : Kerbabu/Coppens via Quai d'Aiguillon Line C : Alcatel/Kérilis Line Navéo : small bus around the centre of the town Line F : market day line (Thursday morning).

Church of Lannion Église de la Trinité de Brélévenez

International relations

Lannion is twinned with:

Born

See also

References

  1. (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

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