The flag of Brittany
is called the Gwenn-ha-du,
pronounced , which means white and black
. It is also unofficially used in the département
, although this now belongs to the Pays de la Loire
and not to the région of Brittany
, as the territory of Loire-Atlantique is historically part of the province of Brittany
(Naoned), its préfecture
, was once one of the two capital cities of Brittany.
The flag's dimensions are not fixed, and may vary from 9:14 cm to 8:12 m. The flag is not only used by cultural associations or autonomists but by everyone in general. For years, the authorities considered the flag as a separatist
symbol, but the attitude has now changed and the flag, no longer having any political connotations, can appear everywhere, even on public buildings along with the other official flags. It is widely used throughout Brittany and can even be seen on town hall
in the region. Because of the absence of legislation concerning regional flags in France
the flag is also flown on sail- and fishing boats. The design of the ermine
spots can vary but the version most frequently seen is shown above.
The Breton flag is unusual in that it does not have any colors, properties which it shares with the flags of Cornwall
and the Swiss Canton of Fribourg
, among others.
The flag was created in 1923 by Morvan Marchal
. He used as his inspiration the flags of the United States
as these two countries were seen at that time as... Read More