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DIRECT ACCESS TO A DYNAMIC BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Northern France is one of the most dynamic regions anywhere in France and in Europe. The businesses here form a tightly woven economic fabric and represent a broad range of sectors—an ideal ecosystem for your planned expansion.

GDP by region (€ billions / 2013)

  • €153 billion GDP
  • Fourth-ranked export region
  • Lille is entrepreneurs’ second-favorite French city (2010 ECER Ranking)
  • Strong family business culture: Auchan (Mulliez Family), Roquette (Roquette Family), Bonduelle (Bonduelle Family), Lyreco (Gaspard Family), Lesaffre (Lesaffre Family), and more
  • At the heart of Europe’s wealthiest pool of consumers: 78 million consumers and €1,500 billion in disposable income within a 300-km radius 

Rank

City

Country

Purchasing power within 300-KM radius (€ BN)

Population within 300-KM radius

1

Lille

FR

1524

78 162 401

2

Cologne

DE

1503

79 797 171

3

Brussels

BE

1451

75 309 171

4

Dusseldorf

DE

1427

76 154 106

5

Dortmund

DE

1427

75 870 713

6

Frankfurt

DE

1410

72 473 179

13

Antwerp

BE

1295

69 458 110

14

Zurich

CH

1210

56 094 099

15

Stuttgart

DE

1138

53 829 808

16

Rotterdam

NL

1105

60 560 622

18

London

GB

1050

60 321 901 

19

Amsterdam

NL

1045

57 357 015

21

Milan

IT

980

45 359 831

32

Paris

FR

815

40 607 661

34

Prague

CZ

309

44 091 015

36

Krakow

PL

231

41 968 330

Source : Experian pH / Regional Councill / Apim - 2011