Lille Figures

4th French major city, international crossroads and dynamic financial centre, Lille is a « City of Art and Industry », renamed « European Capital of Culture » in 2004. The city is now a major tourist destination, known for its welcoming living, its preserved heritage and its intense cultural life.

  • 220 000 inhabitants in Lille (10th French city).
  • 1,1 million inhabitants in «Lille Métropole » (85 districts), 4th French city after Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
  • 1, 8 million inhabitants in the cross-border «Eurométropole » including the Belgian districts of Courtrai, Mouscron, Roulers, Tournai and Ypres.
  • Lille is the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (4 million inhabitants).
  • 36% of the population of « Lille Métropole » is under 25 years.
  • 100 000 students and 3000 researcher-teachers : 3rd university district of France (after Paris and Lyon).
  • Working population : 500 000 people.
  • European Capital of distance selling (La Redoute, Les 3 Suisses, La Blanche Porte…) and retail well-known brands (Auchan, Camaïeu, Castorama, Décathlon, Leroy-Merlin, Norauto, Pimkie, etc.)

  • 1st French centre for textiles and technical textiles.
  • 2nd city of France for hosting international headquarters.
  • 2nd insurance centre (6 whose headquarters including AG2R-La Mondiale and Lloyd Continental).
  • 3rd river port in France.
  • 3rd place for the bank, the agribusiness (Bénédicta, Bonduelle, Heineken, Leroux, Lesaffre, Paul, Roquette, etc.) and mechanical and electrical industry (Dassault).
  • 3rd largest office market in France.