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.