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Bretagne (Region, France)

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Flags of Region Bretagne - Images by Vincent Morley, 6 July 2000, and Ivan Sache, 14 August 2010, respectively

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Administrative data

Departments: Côtes-d'Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan
Bordering Regions: Normandie, Pays de la Loire
Traditional province: Brittany

Area: 27,209 km2
Population (1995): 2,846,900 inhabitants
Regional prefecture: Rennes

Flag of Region Bretagne

The Regional Council adopted on 30 June 1997 the modern Breton flag, to be placed in the Council's session room, as the flag of Region Bretagne.
[Ar Banniel [arb] #4 (Winter 1997)]

Pascal Vagnat, 2 December 1997

Region Bretagne also uses a white flag with the Region's logo on the center. The flag, not really widespread, was seen in June 2010 in the commerce port of Roscoff.

The logo was adopted in September 2005 by the Regional Council.
The logotype is square, framing an ermine spot, a representative symbol allowing a quick identification to the territory. The shape of the ermine spot recalls the geographic shape of Brittany; the three points can also be seen as representing the several islands located off the Breton coasts. The ascending, dynamic movement of the ermine spot, recalling a shooting star, symbolizes a new impetus. Its graphical representation with refined curves can also be compared to a floral motif, highlighting the concern of the institution for environmental issues.
The background blue colour represents the sea (in Breton, armor) surrounding the land (argoat) represented by the ermine, whose green colour, warm and bright, also evokes vegetation. The colour specifications are:
- Blue: CMYK 100-70-0-30; Pantone 280; RGB 0-40-107; Web #00286B;
- Green: CMYK 40-0-100-0; Pantone 382; RGB 163-192-0; Web #A3C000.
"Région BRETAGNE" is written in the Spotka font, designed in 2003 by the young typograph Xavier Dupré. The shapes of the letters are derived from the letters painted on boats and shops in Brittany. Written in white letters, "Région Bretagne" forms a base boosting the ermine spot's take off. The word "Bretagne", placed on the edge of the square, represents openmindness.
The logo can be used in black and white, countercoloured on a dark background, monochromous (green background and white ermine spot and lettering); the writing can appear in Breton, as "Rannvro BREIZH".
[Un logotype pour la Région Bretagne, March 2006 ]

Ivan Sache, 14 August 2010

Former flag of the Regional Council


Former flag of the Regional Council - Image by Pascal Gross, 4 January 1999

The former flag of the Regional Council, created by the agency Énergie and officially adopted in 1988, roughly represents a map of Brittany, with the two blue stripes symbolizing the Channel (top) and the Atlantic Ocean (bottom).
[P. Rault (Les drapeaux bretons de 1188 à nos jours) [rau98]]

Ivan Sache, 4 January 1999