Lille metropolitan area benefits of an amazing situation in Europe. It’s situated at the very heart of north-western Europe and close to four important capitals : Brussels, London, Paris and Amsterdam.
According to the legend, Lille was founded in 640 by Lydéric and Phinaert giants. But in fact, first written trace of Lille can be found in 1066.
Lille evolved under Flemish, Burgundian and Spanish influences before becoming French in 1667 after the conquest of the city by Louis the 14th.
Over centuries, successive enlargements have made it turned into the fourth most important French city. Indeed, with a population of almost 220 000 inhabitants, Lille claims its place as the tenth largest city and fourth largest metropolis (1.9 million inhabitants including 700 000 over the Belgian border) in France. With 36 % of the population aged under 25, Lille is a vibrant, young and dynamic city.
In 2004, Lille was the European Capital of Culture and obtained the title of “City of Art and History”. The city has hence underlined its status as an excellent destination for culture and tourism. The Euralille centre, with its TGV (High Speed Train) station, Congress venue (Lille Grand Palais), offices, hotels and a casino, confirms the position of the Lille area on the European map of tourism and trade events.
In 2007 and again in 2010, Lille was awarded the label “Internet City @@@@”
Lille is also labelled as a “French Tech City” thanks to the important part of digital industries present on its territory. Euratechnologies, Eurasanté or Plaine Images are hubs of excellence.
Lille Metrople has been chosen to be the World Design Capital in 2020. It is the first metropolis in France to be distinguished by the World Design Organization.