Rennes facts for kids
|The Parliament of Brittany.|
|Elevation||20–74 m (66–243 ft)
(avg. 30 m or 98 ft*)
|Land area1||50.39 km2 (19.46 sq mi)|
|- Density||4,165/km2 (10,790/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||35238/ 35000|
|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.|
Rennes is a city in the east of Brittany in northwestern France at the confluence of the Ille and the Vilaine. Rennes is the capital of the region of Brittany, as well as the Ille-et-Vilaine department.
Rennes's history goes back more than 2,000 years, at a time when it was a small Gallic village named Condate. Together with Vannes and Nantes, it was one of the major cities of the ancient Duchy of Brittany. From the early sixteenth century until the French Revolution, Rennes was a parliamentary, administrative and garrison city of the historic province of Brittany of the Kingdom of France.
Since the 1950s, Rennes has grown in importance through rural flight and its modern industrial development, partly automotive. The city developed extensive building plans to accommodate upwards of 200,000 inhabitants. During the 1980s, Rennes became one of the main centres in telecommunication and high technology industry. It is now a significant digital innovation centre in France.
In 2015, the city was the tenth largest in France, with a metropolitan area of about 720,000 inhabitants. With more than 66,000 students in 2016, it is also the eighth-largest university campus of France. The inhabitants of Rennes are called Rennais(e)(es) in French. In 2018, L'Express named Rennes as "the most liveable city in France".
The Rennes agglomeration has a large student population (around 63,000) and 2 universities :
- University of Rennes 1 (26 000 students)
- University of Rennes 2 - Upper Brittany (22 000 students)
A campus of the computer science school École pour l'informatique et les nouvelles technologies , the university in electric energy and information sciences Supélec, the engineering school CentraleSupélec and the business school Paris School of Business are also in Rennes.
Twin towns – sister cities
Pacts of cooperation
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