Brittany, France

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Brittany, France

12 Jan, 2016 / 0

Brittany is the most westerly region of France. It is bordered by the English Channel to the north, the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the south. Its land area is 34,023 km² and, at the 2010 census, its population was estimated to be  4,475,300. Previously a kingdom and then a duchy, Brittany was united to the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province. It is considered as one of the six Celtic nations and its name “Little Britain” is opposed to “Great Britain”.

 

Breton is a Celtic language brought from Great Britain to Armorica by migrating Britons during the Early Middle Ages. Despite a period of decline during the XXth century, the number of its speakers accounts nowadays for about 200.000, while the number of children attending bilingual classes is constantly increasing with more than 15.000 children.