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Finistère

(fēnēstĕr`) [Lat. finis terrae=land's end], department (1990 pop. 839,800), NW France, in Brittany. QuimperQuimper
, town (1990 pop. 62,541), capital of Finistère dept., NW France, in Brittany, near the Bay of Biscay. It is famous for its pottery (quimper or Brittany ware) and also has textile, food, and furniture industries.
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Finistère

 

a department in northwestern France, in Brittany. Area, 7,000 sq km. Population, 783,000 (1975). The capital is Quimper. The chief branch of the economy is agriculture, including the cultivation of grains, potatoes, and early vegetables, and the raising of livestock. The department is the country’s leading producer of hogs. It also has fishing. Industry includes ship repair, the manufacture of electronics equipment (in Brest), and food processing, including fish canning. The seacoast is a tourist area and has health resorts.

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