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

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, social 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.

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