General info

General infoLyon has become a prosperous European metropolis while retaining the influences of its eclectic history. The city is registered in the Patrimoine de l’Humanité by l’UNESCO, and has thus found itself in the same category as many prestigious cities around the world such as Venice, Prague and St. Petersburg.

Lyon : European Metropolis
For two millennia, Lyon’s success can be attributed to the wisdom of its past and present leaders. Being the Capital of the Rhône-Alpes and situated in the heart of Europe, the city has and still benefits from an exceptional geographic location while offering the industrial and commercial resources characteristic of large metropolises around the world.

The 3rd largest city in France and the gastronomic centre, Lyon boast numerous museums, monuments and theatre houses, as well as Gothic and Renaissance houses. Unesco has classed Lyon as one of its world heritage cities. It is also a financial and  chemical industry centre, home to international companies such as Interpol, Euronews, Rhodia and Hewlett Packard.

Lyon & its Assets
The Greater Lyon region is comprised of 55 communes.
Lyon, the ‘motor’ of the agglomeration, represents 10% of the GDP of France as it supports a strong and diversified economy. If it is not the financial center as it once was, Lyon remains the home of many large international institutions such as Interpol, Euronews and the International Center of Cancer Research.

Thanks to many different industries and sectors (metalworking, electronic, chemical, pharmaceutical, electric, plastics, textile and large market; banks, insurance, engineering and communication), Lyon has found its place among the stronger economies of Europe.

Research & Education
In terms of research, the following sectors are centered in the Greater Lyon region : clinical and biological human research, pharmaceutical, bioengineering, medical, medical imaging, chemical and molecular biology.
In fact, there are 510 public and private laboratories in the region.  Organizations such as EDF, Rhône Poulenc, Boiron, and Atochem are examples of Lyon’s scientific and technological excellence.  
In terms of education, Lyon is the second largest university city of France. Between four universities and more than twenty other higher education institutions, Lyon is home to approximately 100,000 studens each year.