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Nantes aérien château3.jpg
The Dukes Castle.
Coat of arms of Nantes
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Elevation 2–52 m (6.6–170.6 ft)
Land area1 65.19 km2 (25.17 sq mi)
Population2 291,604  (2012)
 - Density 4,473/km2 (11,590/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 44109/ 44000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 47°07′50″N 1°19′52″W / 47.1305°N 1.331°W / 47.1305; -1.331

Nantes is a city in France, the prefecture of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire-Atlantique department, on the Atlantic Ocean. Before 1941, Nantes was part of Brittany. The Gallo and Breton languages are spoken in the city. Jules Verne was a famous writer from Nantes.

Nantes has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Koeppen climate classification).


Twin towns

Nantes has town twinning and cooperation agreements with:

  • Romania Cluj-Napoca, Romania, since 1991.
  • Senegal Rufisque, Senegal, since 1992.
  • Morocco Agadir, Morocco, since 1993.
  • Japan Niigata, Japan, since 1999.
  • Bolivia Cochabamba, Bolivia, since 1999.
  • Cameroon Dschang, Cameroon, since 2002.
  • Brazil Recife, Brazil, since 2003.
  • South Africa Durban, South Africa, since 2004.
  • People's Republic of China Qingdao, China, since 2005.
  • South Korea Suncheon, South Korea, since 2007.

Friendship relations

The city has friendship relations with:

  • Guinea Guinea, since 1992.
  • United States St. Martinville, Louisiana, U.S., since 1993.
  • Palestinian National Authority Jericho, West Bank, since 2001.
  • Haiti Desdunes and Petionville, Haiti, since 2005.
  • Canada Nantes, Quebec, Canada, since 2009.

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