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Côte-d'Or (Department, France)

Last modified: 2009-12-12 by ivan sache
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[Flag of the General Council]

Flag of the General Council of Côte-d'Or - Image by Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 19 December 2001

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Administrative data

Code: 21
Region: Bourgogne
Traditional provinces: Burgundy, Champagne
Bordering departments: Aube, Jura, Haute-Marne, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne

Area: 8,763 km2
Population (2006): 517,168 inhabitants

Préfecture: Dijon
Sous-préfectures: Beaune, Montbard
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 43 cantons, 706 communes.

When departments were created in 1790, the Representative Charles-André-Rémy Arnoult, Secretary of the Constituante Assembly, proposed the name Côte-d'Or (Gold Coast), highlighting the golden colour of the local vines in autumn. Other rejected proposals, such as Haute-Seine and Seine-et-Loire, referred to rivers as it is the case for several other French departments.
The department has an exclave enclaved into the department of Nièvre, made of the municipality of Ménessaire.

Ivan Sache, 11 November 2009

Flag of the General Council

The flag of the General Council of Côte-d'Or is a forked gonfanon. The upper part of the flag includes a blue sky with white clouds, in a quasi-photographic style, whereas the lower part is red with the writing "Côte /d'Or (orange-yellow) / Conseil Général (white)".

Ivan Sache, 19 December 2001