Pays de la Loire

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Pays de la Loire
Flag of the Pays de la Loire region Coat of arms of the Pays de la Loire region
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Basic data
Country FranceFrance France
prefecture Nantes
President of the Regional Council Bruno Retailleau ( LR )
population 3,757,600 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 116.8 inhabitants per km²
surface 32,179 km²
Departments 5
Arrondissements 16
Community associations 72
Cantons 192
Communities 1,238
ISO-3166-2 code FR-PDL

Relief map of the Pays de la Loire region

The Pays de la Loire [ peidlaˈlwaːʀ ] (German " Land of the Loire") are a region in western France located at the mouth of the Loire . It consists of the departments of Loire-Atlantique , Maine-et-Loire , Mayenne , Sarthe and Vendée . The region has an area of ​​32,082 km² and a population of 3,757,600 (as of January 1, 2017). The capital of the region is Nantes , other important cities are Angers and Le Mans .

coat of arms

Description: The coat of arms is split and shows six rows of scattered golden lilies in the front in blue, surrounded by a red border with a silver lion in the upper corner and in the back in silver in the same type of ermine in black. The blue board is inside in a wave cut . Above everything is the red sign of the Vendée uprising .


The region consists of the historic landscapes of Maine , Anjou , Le Perche and Poitou as well as part of the former province of Brittany . It was created in 1955 with the establishment of the regions in France. In 1972 the region received the status of an établissement public under the direction of a regional prefect. The decentralization laws of 1982 gave the regions the status of collectivités territoriales ( territorial authorities ), which until then had only been enjoyed by the municipalities and the départements . In 1986 the regional councils were directly elected for the first time. Since then, the region's powers vis-à-vis the central government in Paris have been gradually expanded.


The most populous cities in the Pays de la Loire are:

city Inhabitants (year) Department
Nantes 309,346 (2017) Loire-Atlantique
Angers 152,960 (2017) Maine-et-Loire
Le Mans 142,946 (2017) Sarthe
Saint-Nazaire 69,993 (2017) Loire-Atlantique
Cholet 53,917 (2017) Maine-et-Loire
La Roche-sur-Yon 54,372 (2017) Vendée
Laval 49,728 (2017) Mayenne
Saint-Herblain 46,268 (2017) Loire-Atlantique
Rezé 41,411 (2017) Loire-Atlantique
Saumur 26,734 (2017) Maine-et-Loire


Political structure

The Pays de la Loire region is divided into five departments :

OZ = Ordinal number of the department         Arr. = Number of arrondissements        According to = Number of municipalities
W. = Coat of arms of the department Kant. = Number of cantons
ISO = ISO-3166-2 code GV = Number of municipal associations
OZ W. Department prefecture ISO Arr. GV Kant. According to Residents
January 1, 2017
(inh / km²)
44 Coat of arms of the Loire-Atlantique department Loire-Atlantique Nantes FR-44 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000031.000000000031 000000000000207.0000000000207 000000001394909.00000000001,394,909 000000000006886.00000000006,886 203
49 Coat of arms of the Maine-et-Loire department Maine-et-Loire Angers FR-49 000000000000004.00000000004th 000000000000010.000000000010 000000000000021.000000000021st 000000000000177.0000000000177 000000000813493.0000000000813.493 000000000007193.00000000007.193 113
53 Coat of arms of the Mayenne department Mayenne Laval FR-53 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000011.000000000011 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000242.0000000000242 000000000307445.0000000000307,445 000000000005174.00000000005,174 59
72 Coat of arms of the Sarthe department Sarthe Le Mans FR-72 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000021.000000000021st 000000000000354.0000000000354 000000000566506.0000000000566.506 000000000006206.00000000006.206 91
85 Coat of arms of the Vendée department Vendée La Roche-sur-Yon FR-85 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000019.000000000019th 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000258.0000000000258 000000000675247.0000000000675.247 000000000006720.00000000006,720 100
total 000000000000016.000000000016 000000000000072.000000000072 000000000000107.0000000000107 000000000001238.00000000001,238 3,757,600 000000000032179.000000000032,179 117
Arrondissements in the Pays de la Loire region
Cantons in the Pays de la Loire region
Associations of municipalities in the Pays de la Loire region

Regional council

Result of the election of the regional council on December 13, 2015:

See also: List of Presidents of the Regional Council of the Pays de la Loire since 1986


Compared with the GDP of the EU expressed in purchasing power standards reached the region in 2006 an index of 99.0 (EU-27 = 100).


The gardens and parks in the region are part of the European Garden Heritage Network .

See also

Web links

Commons : Pays de la Loire  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Pays de la Loire  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Résultats régionales 2015 on, accessed on January 11, 2016
  2. Eurostat press release 23/2009: Regional GDP per inhabitant in the EU27 (PDF; 360 kB)

Coordinates: 47 ° 29 ′  N , 0 ° 42 ′  W