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Motto: Latin: Favet Neptunus eunti
(Neptune favours the traveller)

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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
Flag of Nantes
Coat of arms of Nantes
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Nantes
Canton 7 cantons
Intercommunality Nantes Métropole
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
Dialling code 02
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.[1] 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:

Friendship relations

The city has friendship relations with:



  1. Tibbles, Anthony (2000). "Ports of the Transatlantic slave trade" (in en). "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." 

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