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Guingamp (French: [ɡɛ̃ɡɑ̃]; Breton: Gwengamp pronounced [ˈɡwɛnɡãmp]) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France.

Guingamp

Gwengamp
Guingamp's Town Hall
Guingamp's Town Hall
Coat of arms of Guingamp
Coat of arms
Location of Guingamp
Guingamp is located in France
Guingamp
Guingamp
Guingamp is located in Brittany
Guingamp
Guingamp
Coordinates: 48°33′48″N 3°09′00″W / 48.5633°N 3.15°W / 48.5633; -3.15Coordinates: 48°33′48″N 3°09′00″W / 48.5633°N 3.15°W / 48.5633; -3.15
CountryFrance
RegionBrittany
DepartmentCôtes-d'Armor
ArrondissementGuingamp
CantonGuingamp
IntercommunalityGuingamp
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Philippe Le Goff
Area
1
3.41 km2 (1.32 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
7,682
 • Density2,300/km2 (5,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
22070 /22200
Elevation62–126 m (203–413 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The Saint Loup festivalEdit

The Saint Loup festival – national competition of Brittany's dances and international festival – takes place every year around mid August. It always ends by the traditional dance : la Dérobée de Guingamp. The main guests are musicians from Asturias, Ireland, Galicia, Scotland, Wales, and other Celtic artists from all over the world. The Brittany's dance is omnipresent in other cultural manifestations and the cultural office also organizes a contemporary creative dance week.

SportsEdit

The city hosts a professional football team called En Avant de Guingamp that won the French Cup in the 2008–2009 season while it was still part of the 2nd league. The team has made its comeback in the 1st League (Ligue 1 in French) for the 2013–2014 season, the 1st league that it had left 9 years before. Guingamp won again the French Cup against Rennes (scoring 2–0) in 2013–2014 and is qualified for the UEFA Europa League 2014-15 rounds.

The club's stadium (Roudourou: 18,120 seats) has a higher capacity than Guingamp's total population (7,235).

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
17935,177—    
18005,190+0.3%
18064,973−4.2%
18215,550+11.6%
18316,100+9.9%
18366,466+6.0%
18416,796+5.1%
18466,949+2.3%
18516,718−3.3%
18566,893+2.6%
18617,350+6.6%
18666,977−5.1%
18727,045+1.0%
18767,895+12.1%
18818,404+6.4%
18868,744+4.0%
18919,196+5.2%
18969,272+0.8%
19019,252−0.2%
19069,212−0.4%
19119,385+1.9%
19217,923−15.6%
19268,575+8.2%
19318,644+0.8%
19368,663+0.2%
19469,080+4.8%
19548,117−10.6%
19628,912+9.8%
19689,232+3.6%
19759,284+0.6%
19828,507−8.4%
19907,905−7.1%
19998,008+1.3%
20087,477−6.6%
20127,235−3.2%

Inhabitants of Guingamp are called guingampais.

Breton languageEdit

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 8 July 2008.

In 2008, 15.89% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.[2]

CultureEdit

The Saint Loup dance festival is held every year in mid-August.

Then there is the annual 'pardon', which brings pilgrims to pay homage to the 'Black Virgin' in the Basilica of Notre Dame de Bon Secours.

Guingamp is home to the 2008-9 and 2013–14 Coupe de France holders En Avant de Guingamp, a football team in Ligue 1, the highest league in French football.

HistoryEdit

The town has the remains of three successive castles, the last of which was razed to ground level by the order of Cardinal Richelieu. They were reduced to three towers.

Vincent de Bourbon, great grandson of Louis XIV, was Count of Guingamp from 1750 until his death in 1752.

PersonalitiesEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Guingamp is twinned with:

 
A view from one the Trieux's bridges

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  3. ^ "20 ans de souvenirs". Le jumelage de Guingamp et Shannon (in French). Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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