A people-friendly European metropolis, Lyon frequently ranks among the best places to live in France and Europe. With its old town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has preserved the best of its past while constantly looking to the future, as can be seen in its vibrant economy and attractive living environment. The key to this success lies in the ability to offer all the ingredients for personal and professional fulfillment, a rich cultural life and measures to ensure sustainable development.

A renowned culinary capital, Lyon is also the second largest job market in France. The 1500 decision centers based in the Lyon region make the urban area one of the largest economies in France. This dynamism has also attracted international organizations such as Interpol, Euronews, WHO (World Health Organization) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The development of top-ranked clusters (biotechnologies, clean technologies, digital entertainment, ...) has helped attract the best and the brightest to our city. A strong spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship keeps Lyon at the forefront in many fields.

The city regularly welcomes leading fairs and conferences in the health, culinary, environmental technologies, and transport sectors. BioVision for example, the World Life Sciences Forum, is a key event in the international bioscience calendar that brings together in Lyon over 2000 opinion leaders - a dozen of them Nobel prize winners- to debate on the key challenges in life sciences.

Lyon in figures:

  • 2,6 million inhabitants / 144 000 students / 10 000 researchers / 510 laboratories
  • 9th favorite European city among entrepreneurs (ECER Ranking 2010)
  • 9th most innovative city in the world (2thinknow Innovation Cities Global 256 Index 2010)
  • €4 billion per year invested in Research & Development (R&D) in the Rhône-Alpes region; spending comparable to that of Finland and Denmark.


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Autumme 13 ~ 15°C

More information is available via ONLY LYON website

Hotels address:

85 Quai Joseph Gillet, 69004 Lyon
Tel: 04 72 10 44 44

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50 Quai Paul Sédaillan - 69009 - Lyon
Tel: 04 72 69 69 04

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EMLYON Business School
23 Avenue Guy de Collongue
69134 Ecully cedex France

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Rhône-Alpes Region' new HQ
1 Rue Saint-François de Salles,
69002 LYON

Main access

Road: Highways A6 / A7 / A42

Bus/subway: http://www.tcl.fr/en

Part-Dieu train station - 5 Place Charles Béraudier, 69003 Lyon

Saint Exupéry Airport - 69720 Saint-Laurent-de-Mure - http://www.lyonaeroports.com