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|Top to bottom, left to right: the Loire in central Nantes; the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany; the Pommeraye Arcade, and the Isle of Nantes between the branches of the Loire|
|Region||Pays de la Loire|
|Mayor|| Johanna Rolland (PS)|
|Land area1||65.19 km2 (25.17 sq mi)|
|Population2||298,029 (2016 census)|
|- Ranking||6th in France|
|- Density||4,572/km2 (11,840/sq mi)|
|Urban area||537.70 km2 (207.61 sq mi) (2008)|
|- Population||612782 (2013)|
|Metro area||3,302 km2 (1,275 sq mi) (2013)|
|- Population||908815 (2013)|
|Time zone||CET (GMT +1)|
|INSEE/Postal code||44109/ 44000, 44100, 44200 and 44300|
|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.|
Nantes is a city in France, the prefecture of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire-Atlantique department, on the Atlantic Ocean. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, it was the busiest slave trading port in France. 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.
- Audencia Nantes School of Management
- École pour l'informatique et les nouvelles technologies
- Institut supérieur européen de gestion group
- Institut catholique d'arts et métiers
- Institut supérieur européen de formation par l'action
Nantes has town twinning and cooperation agreements with:
The city has friendship relations with:
- Guinea, since 1992.
- St. Martinville, Louisiana, U.S., since 1993.
- Jericho, West Bank, since 2001.
- Desdunes and Petionville, Haiti, since 2005.
- Nantes, Quebec, Canada, since 2009.
La Marie Séraphique, a slave ship that traveled from Nantes
- Tibbles, Anthony (2000). "Ports of the Transatlantic slave trade" (in en). https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ports-of-transatlantic-slave-trade. "Again in France we can come up with a list of nearly 20 ports which were involved with the trade at some point but there were four principal slaving ports: Nantes, Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Le Havre. Over the period, Nantes sent 45% of all the ships in the French trade the other three sending 11% of the trade each and the rest shared between the other ports."