Lyon is the capital of the region Rhône-Alpes and the Département Rhône in south-east France. With almost half a million inhabitants it is the third largest city of the country after Paris and Marseille.

Lyon is the headquarters of many companies such as the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, the software company Cegid Group, the TV channel Euronews, the copper manufacturer  Gindre Duchavany and intergovernmental agencies IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) and Interpol.

Moreover, Lyon is home to renowned research institutions and also known for its famous light festival Fête des Lumières’.

In the recent years, the regeneration of the Part Dieu district and the extension of the rail system are some of the most relevant actions of urban renovation in the city.

Lyon is Birmingham’s longest standing partner city dating back to 1951. The partnership focuses on practical exchanges of experience and best practice. Current and recent activities relate to exchanges on transportation matters, culture, education, jewellery, science, as well as food promotion and culinary exchanges. Past activities have included projects on urban regeneration, so

cial housing and entrepreneurship.

Birmingham and Lyon are also both founder members of EUROCITIES, the network of Europe’s major cities that lobbies the EU institutions on urban policy issues.

A recent collaboration between the two cities  focused on a discussion around mobility and transport at the World Summit on Climate and Territories, organised in Lyon in July 2015. Since then, the two cities have strengthened their collaboration on the issue of transport infrastructure, particularly  with exchanges of best practices in the strategy to improve flow around the city.

Further information on Lyon (in English) is available here: City of Lyon
Lyon tourism office
Greater Lyon business website