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November 2013

A newcomer’s guide to Lille

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Whether you’ve moved to Lille Metropole through a job transfer or personal choice, arriving here is to experience the delights of our beautiful region. Bursting with top tips and information, this guide has been compiled to help you get the most out of metropolitan Lille, with its striking contrasts.


A European yet traditional outlook

Lille Metropole is both thoroughly European and true to its traditions. Combining with Tournai and Courtrai to form a Eurometropolis, Lille is known for its cultural vibrancy. Former European Capital of Culture in 2004, it’s also the perfect base for getaways to London, Brussels and Amsterdam. But the Lille of Europe is also the Lille of ch’Nord (local dialect pronunciation of «Nord»), with its Grande Braderie (famous antiques and flea market) and its mountains of mussels. With plenty of bars to enjoy, not to mention the procession of giants and a range of traditional local entertainment, this is a culture that is firmly rooted in history.


Economic innovation

Lille Metropole is an area of great economic diversity. There’s a distinctly palpable entrepreneurial vibe inspired by the plethora of start-ups and large university campuses. It’s also the European capital of mass retail and distance selling; an innovation ground with competitiveness clusters in the health and agro food, technical textiles, transport, materials and environment sectors; a prime location that’s proving increasingly attractive to major head offices, such as Bayer Schering Pharma and Tereos (and the Beghin Say brand).


Both urban and rural

Lille Metropole also has all the advantages of cosmopolitan urban life just a stone’s throw from the countryside, with its leisure activity centres, rambling paths and sites of historical interest. With a population of over one million, this is a constantly evolving metropolis with an ongoing endeavour to improve local districts, in keeping with its commitment to the environment and to improving the quality of life for inhabitants. Proof of this ambition is exemplified by the renovation of Lille’s Grand’Place, Tourcoing city centre and the Euralille district, as well as by the Grand Stade and second Olympic swimming pool currently under construction.


So take the time to settle in.

Welcome to Lille, the capital of Flanders!


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