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Finistère ( ) is a département of Francemarker, located in Brittany.


The name Finistère derives from the Latin Finis Terræ, meaning end of the earth, and may be compared with Land's Endmarker on the opposite side of the English Channelmarker. Interestingly, the Breton Penn ar Bed translates as Head of the World. Finistère is not to be confused with Cape Finisterremarker in Spainmarker.


Finistère is the westernmost region of France.

The largest population center in Finistère is Brestmarker. Other large towns in the département include Quimper (the prefecture or capital), Morlaix, Carhaix and Douarnenez. Finistère includes the island of Ushantmarker (Eusa in Breton, Ouessant in French).

Map of Finistère
abers, rugged fjord-like inlets on the north coast, are a notable feature of the landscape.

The westernmost point of continental France, known as the Pointe de Corsenmarker, extends from the north-western tip of Finistère. A few miles to the south is the slightly less westerly, but rugged, & isolated, headland of Pointe du Razmarker.


Agriculture, food processing and various related industries occupy an important place in Finistère's economy.

The military presence in Finistère (Île Longuemarker nuclear submarine base; Naval Air base of Lanvéoc-Poulmic), as well as military-related industries such as the Brest headquarters of DCNS employ a significant number of the département's population.

The port of Roscoff links Brittany by ferry with Irelandmarker and Great Britainmarker.


Finistère is the area where Breton survives most strongly as a spoken language. Breton-speaking schools are called Diwan, Divyezh and Dihun.

The Festival de Cornouaille, which takes place in Quimper, is a celebration of Breton music and traditions.

One of the highlights of summer in Finistère is the "Festival des Vieilles Charrues" held in Carhaix-Plouguer where major international stars attract tens of thousands of spectators. [9703]

The painter Raymond Wintz (1884-1956) depicted many locations around Finistère.


The President of the General Council is Pierre Maille of the Socialist Partymarker.

Party seats
Socialist Partymarker 35
Union for a Popular Movement 10
Miscellaneous Left 5
Miscellaneous Right 2
MoDem 1
Centrist Alliance 1

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