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Morbihan (Department, France)

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Flag of Morbihan - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 25 April 2019

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Administrative data

Code: 56
Region: Bretagne
Traditional provinces: Brittany (traditional Breton Province of Broërec)
Bordering departments: Côtes-d'Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, Loire-Atlantique

Area: 6,823 km2
Population (2019): 747,548 inhabitants

Préfecture: Vannes
Sous-préfectures: Lorient, Pontivy
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 21 cantons, 253 municipalities.

The department is named after the Gulf of Morbihan (in Breton, "The Little Sea"). Another proposal, "Côtes-du-Sud", was rejected.
In 1857, the municipality of Locunolé was transferred from the department of Morbihan to the department of Finistère.

Ivan Sache, 13 April 2019

Flag of Morbihan

The flag in use in front of the Departmental Council of Morbihan (photo) is white with the Council's logo.
In 2015, General Councils were renamed to Departmental Councils. The former General Council of Morbihan had already omitted the words “Conseil général” from its flag (photo) since at least 2013.

The logotype is a synthesis of both the department's administration and the associated territory. "M" is the first letter of the word "Mor'bihan", in Breton, the Small Sea, and represents the Gulf of Morbihan. It emphasizes a very strong component of the identity of this part of Brittany, where the sea meets the land, with all associated resources. As expected, the "M" is blue, the color symbolizing the sea and the associated life. The orange disc represents the sun - another characteristic of South Brittany -, which baths the territory with its specific light. The anise green "comma" symbolizes the hinterland (the verdant countryside), and, by its style of drawing and bright color, dynamism (cultural, economic, social...).
The dark blue rectangle evokes the institutional framework: the rectangle builds, frames, and reassure.

The colors are specified as:

             Pantone         CMYK             RGB        Hex 
Dark blue     2955 C   100  45   0  37     0  78 134   #004E86
Blue           542 C    62  22   0   3    95 164 215   #5FA4D7
Orange         152 C     0  51 100   0   214 142   0   #F18E00
Green          383 C    20   0 100  19   190 189   0   #BEBD00

The typeface is ITC Stone Sans Stf.
[Graphic Charter, 2016]

Olivier Touzeau, 25 April 2019

Flag of the former General Council


Flag of the former General Council of Morbihan - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 20 June 2010

The flag of the General Council of Morbihan was white with the Council's logo.


Former flag of the General Council of Morbihan, 1998- - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 4 October 2009

The former flag of the General Council of Morbihan, adopted in 1998, was white with the former logo of the General Council.
Thelogo was a blue parallelogram with a green-blue-red-yellow emblem recalling a letter "M" and, maybe, the map of the department, flanked by "CONSEIL GÉNÉRAL" (top) in white letters and "Morbihan" (bottom) in green letters.


Earlier flag of the General Council of Morbihan, before 1998 - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 20 June 2010

An even older flag was white with the older logo of the General Council, a blue rectangle with the white writing "CONSEIL / GÉNÉRAL / DU MORBIHAN".

Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 20 June 2010