Lyon: an enticing European metropolis

Since the Renaissance, the banks of the two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, that flow through the city, the Fourvière basilica that dominates the city centre, and the Old Lyon, are sights that make Lyon an extremely pleasant place to live in.

Lyon is not only home to many of France’s large corporations which now operate worldwide; it also attracts many international firms and organisations. For centuries, the city has been a trading centre at the cross-roads between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean South. While its entrepreneurial culture dates back to the silk manufacturers in the early 19th century, its present dynamism is based on a diversified range of modern industries: energy, chemicals, vaccines, laser technology, etc...

Lyon, the capital of a dynamic region at a great location:

  • 6th most important region in Europe: Rhône-Alpes: 6th highest GDP in Europe, out of 204 regions ranked (Source: Eurostat 2014)
  • #1 region in France for incoming international companies: 900 foreign capital companies (above 50 employees) employing about 165,000 people
  • A major education capital in Europe: around 150,000 students