Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire (French: [pe.i d(ə) la lwaʁ]; lit.'Loire Lands'; Breton: Broioù al Liger) is one of the 18 regions of France, in the west of the mainland. It was created in the 1950s to serve as a zone of influence for its capital, Nantes, one of a handful of "balancing metropolises" (métropoles d'équilibre)¹.

Pays de la Loire
Coordinates: 47°25′03″N 00°51′18″W
Country France
PrefectureNantes
Departments
Government
  President of the Regional CouncilChristelle Morançais (LR)
Area
  Total32,082 km2 (12,387 sq mi)
Area rank8th
Population
  Total3,553,352
  Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeFR-PDL
GDP (2012)[1]Ranked 5th
Total€101.2 billion (US$130.2 bn)
Per capita€27,775 (US$35,725)
NUTS RegionFR5
Websitewww.paysdelaloire.fr