Ille-et-Vilaine

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Ille-et-Vilaine is a département of France, located in Brittany (Bretagne in French) in the northwest corner of France.

Ille-et-Vilaine
Logo officiel du Conseil Général du département de l'Ille-et-Vilaine
Logo of the Conseil Général of Ille-et-Vilaine
Information
Region :Bretagne
Prefecture :Rennes
Sub-prefectures :Fougères
Redon
Saint-Malo
Main cities :Vitre
Cesson-Sévigné
Bruz
Population


 - Total (1999)


 - Density


867,533 inhab.


128 inh./km2
Area6 775 km2
Arrondissements4
Cantons53
Communes352
President of the
general council
Jean-Louis Tourenne (june 2004)
Localisation
Locate Ille-et-Vilaine in France
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History

Ille-et-Vilaine was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the province of Brittany.

Geography

Ille-et-Vilaine is a part of the current région of Bretagne and is surrounded by the departments of Manche, Mayenne, Maine-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Morbihan, and Côtes-d'Armor, as well as the English Channel on the north.

Major rivers running through it are the Ille, the Vilaine, the Rance and the Couesnon.

Demography

The population has grown over the last few decades and was estimated at 903,400 in January 2003.

Culture

Gallo is a historic minority language spoken in eastern Brittany. Gallo and Breton are both studied at the University of Rennes.

See also

External links

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