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Côte-d'Or (Department, France)

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Flag of Côte-d'Or - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 6 March 2019

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Administrative data

Code: 21
Region: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (Bourgogne until 2014)
Traditional provinces: Burgundy, Champagne
Bordering departments: Aube, Jura, Haute-Marne, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne

Area: 8,763 km2
Population (2016): 533,213 inhabitants

Préfecture: Dijon
Sous-préfectures: Beaune, Montbard
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 23 cantons, 699 municipalitiess.

When departments were created in 1790, the Representative Charles-André-Rémy Arnoult, Secretary of the Constituent Assembly, proposed the name Côte-d'Or (Gold Coast), highlighting the golden colour of the local vineyards in autumn. Other rejected proposals, such as Haute-Seine and Seine-et-Loire, referred to rivers as it is the case for several other French departments.
The department has an exclave enclaved into the department of Nièvre, made of the municipality of Ménessaire.

Ivan Sache, 11 April 2019

Flag of Côte-d'Or

A white flag with the logo can be seen in front and inside the seat of the Departemental Council (photo, photo).

The new logo was presented on 2 July 2015. Design by the AMT company, from Dijon, it was selected by the inhabitants of the department among three proposals; the adopted design received 73% of the 5,000 votes. Out of the 435 mayors who voted, 94% selected the winning design.
Out of the 12 companies, eight from Côte-d'Or included, which submitted a bid, three were selected by the Departmental Council: AMT, Temps Réel, and Vingt-Quatre.
[Le Bien Public, 3 July 2015; Le Bien Public, 9 June 2015]

The colors are prescribed as (graphic charter):

           Pantone         CMYK          RGB            Hex
Blue    Process Blue   100  29   2 0     O 130 197    0082c5
Yellow       124c        6  37 100 0   234 170   0    eaaa000
Red          185c        0 100  84 O   228   0  43    e4002b

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 6 March 2019

Flag of the former General Council


Flag of the former General Council of Côte-d'Or - Image by olivier Touzeau, 6 March 2019

The flag of the former General Council of Côte-d'Or (photo) was a forked gonfanon. The upper part of the flag includes a blue sky with white clouds, in a quasi-photographic style, whereas the lower part is red with the writing "Côte /d'Or (orange-yellow) / Conseil Général (white)".

Ivan Sache & Olivier Touzeau, 6 March 2019