where Northwest Europe meets
Where north western Europe meets
Lille Metropole is perfectly situated at the crossroad of Northwest Europe, between Brussels (35min by train), Paris (1h) and London (1h20) and within 3 to 4 hours from Amsterdam, Strasbourg or Frankfurt. This ideal position, at the heart of a rich and densely populated (80 M people) basin represents a huge economical asset.
A cross-border eurometropolis
Sharing 86 km of border with its Belgian neighbour makes Lille Metropole an essential partner, as evidenced by the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropole, the first and largest EGTC (European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation) in Europe with 2.1 million inhabitants.
A large urban and rural metropole
Lille Metropole encompasses 95 municipalities and 1.2 million inhabitants, in a territory both rural and urban, made up of cities like Lille (230,000 inhabitants), Roubaix and Tourcoing (100,000 each) and smaller towns and villages. This broad diversity of territories confronts the metropolitan authority with a variety of challenges regarding urban development, land use and environmental protection, employment and social inclusion, housing, mobility, food or culture.
center in France
(in terms of inhabitants)
under 25 years old