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by Jaume Ollé
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Region: Pays de la Loire
Traditional provinces: Bretagne (traditional Breton province of Nantes, traditional districts of Pays de Retz and Pays de Brière)
Bordering departments: Ille-et-Vilaine, Maine-et-Loire, Morbihan, Vendée
Area: 6,815 km2
Population (1995): 1,089,400 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Ancenis, Châteaubriand, Saint-Nazaire
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 59 cantons, 221 communes.
The department is named after the river Loire (1,020 km)
and Atlantic Ocean.
It was formerly named Loire-Inférieure (Lower-Loire), and was renamed Loire-Atlantique (Atlantic-Loire) because Inférieure was regarded as derogatory by the inhabitants of the department.