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Northern France's greatest strength? The people who live here. They're genuine, and their values are strong. In a 2011 KPMG survey, foreign companies operating here were asked to identify the values they associated with Northern France—and their responses were right on target.

The people of Northern France are perceived as:

  • Hard-working
  • Tough
  • Upbeat

 At the same time, international companies doing business in Hauts-de-France describe local people as hospitable, friendly and courteous.

Our hard-working, friendly people make for a region that’s both productive and a pleasure to live in. The international companies in Northern France have clearly made the right choice:

  • Once they’re up and running, 88% have a positive image.