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Coat of arms of Mayenne
Coat of arms
Location of Mayenne in France
Location of Mayenne in France
Coordinates: 48°10′N 0°40′E / 48.167°N 0.667°E / 48.167; 0.667Coordinates: 48°10′N 0°40′E / 48.167°N 0.667°E / 48.167; 0.667
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Prefecture Laval
Subprefectures Château-Gontier
 • President of the General Council Jean Arthuis
 • Total 5,175 km2 (1,998 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 307,453
 • Rank 74th
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 53
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 32
Communes 261
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Mayenne (French pronunciation: ​[majɛn]) is a department in northwest France named after the Mayenne River.


Mayenne is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. The northern two thirds correspond to the western part of the former province of Maine. The southern third of Mayenne corresponds to the northern portion of the old province of Anjou.

After the Coalition's victory at Waterloo, between June 1815 and November 1818, Mayenne was occupied by Prussian troops.


Mayenne is part of the current region of Pays de la Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Manche, Orne, Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, and Ille-et-Vilaine.


The inhabitants of the department are called Mayennais.


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