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Château Vieux Laval 2.JPG
The castle overlooking the town and the river Mayenne.
Coat of arms of Laval
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Mayenne
Arrondissement Laval
Canton 3 cantons
Intercommunality CA Laval
Mayor François Zocchetto (UDI)
Elevation 42–122 m (138–400 ft)
Land area1 34.2 km2 (13.2 sq mi)
Population2 51,182  (2009)
 - Ranking 119th in France
 - Density 1,497/km2 (3,880/sq mi)
Urban area 115.7 km2 (44.7 sq mi)
 - Population 67,671 (2009)
Metro area 771.09 km2 (297.72 sq mi)
 - Population 119,475 (2009)
INSEE/Postal code 53130/ 53000
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.

Laval is a commune and the prefecture of the French department of Mayenne. The people that live there are called Lavallois.


Laval is a medieval city and was first mentioned during the 11th century.


Sister cities

Laval is twinned with: