Vanves is a commune with 27 022 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) and belongs to the southwestern suburbs of Paris, 5.6 km from Paris city center. Vanves is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe.


On January 1, 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by incorporations of surrounding communities. For this reason, the community Vanves lost about a third of its surface at Paris.

On November 8, 1883, about half of the area of the newly created municipality Vanves Malakoff was attributed.


Vanves is located on Paris Métro Line 13 The station Malakoff -Plateau de Vanves is located at the city limits between Malakoff and Vanves, at Porte de Vanves is to transfer to line 3 of the Paris tram. In addition, Vanves is located on the Transilien lines Paris Montparnasse.


Vanves maintains twinned with the cities Taught in Germany (since 1963 ), Ballymoney in Northern Ireland and Rosh haAjin in Israel.

Sons and daughters of the community

  • Didier Léon (1881-1931), cyclist and pacemaker
  • Gérard Jouannest ( born 1933), pianist, composer and arranger
  • Denis Colin ( born 1956 ), bass clarinetist and composer