WTC Lille and Lille Arras

Hauts de France: a strategic position

  • At the heart of a triangle London / Paris / Brussels
  • In the heart of the leading European market: 78 million consumers and € 1500 billion in purchasing power
  • At the heart of an international-level transport network: high-speed trains, highways, airlines, shipping lines and fluvial.
billion euros (2011) of regional GDP
French region hosting foreign investment for 20 years,
foreign companies established
the French exporting region,
French region the youngest

Hauts de France is an ideal solution for customers and employees: proximity to major international airports, Northern Europe at 1h30 by train, direct connection with the United Kingdom.

Hauts de France is easy access for goods import and export flows: important road, rail, sea, river and air networks.

Hauts de France is an ideal environment to develop your business in the European market. The strong presence of international companies, a stable economy and a large pool of qualified employment offer a privileged ecosystem for companies coming to settle there.


High-performance business sectors:

  • Mobility: Lille region is in the top three of the French regions in the sectors of rail, automotive and logistics,
  • Health – nutrition – agro-food,
  • Eco-activities,
  • ICT: internet, multimedia, ecommerce and retail,
  • Advanced Materials: technical textiles, green chemistry , …,
  • Customer Services.


A lively and dynamic region, offering a real quality of life:

  • Culture (Louvre-Lens, UNESCO World Heritage belfries, Lille, capital of culture,…),
  • Sport (world-class sports facilities, 11,000 clubs, 21 golf courses, 5000km of hiking trails…),
  • Tourism (preserved natural heritage, major events (Lille 3000, Dunkirk carnival,…).

A few figures:

  • Regional GDP of 152 billion euros (2011),
  • 3rd French region for receiving foreign investments for 20 years
  • 900 foreign companies established
  • 4th French exporting region
  • Youngest French region
  • 200 000 students in 9 universities, 35 prestigious schools and 10 business and management schools.


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