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Ille-et-Vilaine (Department, France)

Last modified: 2012-10-13 by ivan sache
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Administrative data

Code: 35
Region: Bretagne
Traditional provinces: Brittany (traditional provinces of Dol, Rennes, and Saint-Malo)
Bordering departments: Côtes-d'Armor, Loire-Atlantique, Manche, Mayenne, Morbihan

Area: 6,775 km2
Population (2006): 945,851 inhabitants

Préfecture: Rennes
Sous-préfectures: Fougères, Redon, Saint-Malo
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 53 cantons, 353 communes.

The department is named after the rivers Ille (47 km) and Vilaine (225 km), the Ille flowing into the Vilaine near Rennes and being tributary of the Channel. Proposals of changing the name of the department to "Marche-de-Bretagne" or "Haute-Bretagne" have aborted.

Ivan Sache, 11 November 2009


Former flag of the General Council

[Former flag of the General Council]

Former flag of the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 September 2009

The flag of the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine is white with the logo of the General Council.
The logo of the General Council of Ille-et-Vilaine represents an outline of the map of Brittany in black (without the tip of Finistère!). The red disc shows the geographical location of the departement. CONSEIL GENERAL D'ILLE ET VILAINE is written below the logotype.
Interestingly, the official name of the departement requires hyphens (Ille-et-Vilaine), which are omitted on the flag.

The flag shown above must be obsolete since the General Council has "modernized" its logo in July 2008. The new "logo of the department" is presented on the newsletter of the General Council No. 29, July 2008.
Designed 22 years ago, the logo had to be modernized, keeping its main qualities - visibility, specific colours and reference to Brittany -, and adding "a new modernity, more fluidity and another wink to Brittany". The lines symbolizing the coasts of Brittany have been simplified. A stylized ampersand surmounted by an ermine spot highlights the Breton identity of the department. The name of the territory is put forward, with the name of the authority changed from "Conseil Général" to "Département".

Ivan Sache, 29 September 2009


Former flag of the department

[Former flag]

Former flag of the department of Ille-et-Vilaine - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 September 2009

As seen on a photo taken in Rennes, the capital of the department, by Hervé Prat in June 2002, there is (was) a flag without the writing "ILLE ET VILAINE", therefore the flag of the department.

Ivan Sache, 29 September 2009