Laval (Mayenne)

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Laval
Prefecture and commune
The castle overlooking the town and the river Mayenne.
The castle overlooking the town and the river Mayenne.
Coat of arms of Laval
Coat of arms
Laval is located in France
Laval
Laval
Location within Pays de la Loire region
Laval is located in Pays de la Loire
Laval
Laval
Coordinates: 48°04′24″N 0°46′08″W / 48.0733°N 0.7689°W / 48.0733; -0.7689Coordinates: 48°04′24″N 0°46′08″W / 48.0733°N 0.7689°W / 48.0733; -0.7689
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentMayenne
ArrondissementLaval
Canton3 cantons
IntercommunalityCA Laval
Government
 • Mayor (2012–2014) François Zocchetto (UDI)
Area134.2 km2 (13.2 sq mi)
 • Urban115.7 km2 (44.7 sq mi)
 • Metro771.09 km2 (297.72 sq mi)
Population (2009)251,182
 • Rank119th in France
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
 • Urban (2009)67,671
 • Urban density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
 • Metro (2009)119,475
 • Metro density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code53130 /53000
Elevation42–122 m (138–400 ft)
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.

History[change | change source]

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

Education[change | change source]

Sister cities[change | change source]

Laval is twinned with: