Great reasons to invest in Atlantic France

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The world at your door

Nantes Atlantique Airport

  • The largest airport in Atlantic France
  • 120 destinations worldwide
  • Low-cost hub: Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe, Volotea, Transavia

Nantes Saint-Nazaire Port

  • The largest port on France’s Atlantic coast
  • Shipping routes to 400 ports on all continents
  • Direct container shipping routes to the West Indies and the west coast of Africa
  • Transit: Automotive, Cereals, Liquid natural gas, Oil products, Livestock feed, Timber and coal

High speed train service

  • 20 return trips to Paris every day
  • 230 destinations across France and Europe

Excellent motorway links: 660km of high-speed roads

  • West-East motorway to Paris and Lyon
  • North-South motorway toward Europe: Brussels, London, Spain, Portugal…
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Join leading global firms here

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Live in a young and vibrant region

Grow your business as fast as our region does

  • 3.8 million inhabitants
  • 800,000 extra inhabitants by 2050
  • 25% of the population under 20 years of age
  • 5 main cities: Nantes (8th largest in France), Angers, Le Mans, Laval and La Roche-sur-Yon

Take part in our booming economy

  • 311,769 firms
  • 1,000 internationally-owned companies
  • 1.6 million jobs
  • 16.2% of jobs in industry (11.7% in France)
  • 300,000 additional jobs created between 1995 and 2015 (+24%)
  • 9 innovation clusters
  • €29,424 GDP / inhabitant

Find talented people and skills

  • 260,155 college and higher education students
  • 4 universities
  • 38 higher education sites
  • 16,129 R&D researchers
  • 110 laboratories

Enjoy the best quality of life

  • #1 French region for quality of life (BVA Salesforce survey in 2018)
  • 450 km of coastline and two islands (Yeu and Noirmoutier)
  • 215 km of beaches
  • 250 km of the Loire river
  • 3,400 km of cycling trails (including the Loire à Vélo and Velodyssey trails)
  • 3rd largest French wine area by number of AOCs
  • 730 places to visit
  • 197 Val de Loire tourist wine cellars
  • 33 golf courses
  • 16 equestrian centres
  • 7 spa centres