In recent few months, the Lyon area has featured in a great many rankings for economic attractiveness, quality of life, tourism and gastronomy.

Economic attractiveness

  • 10th most attractive city in Europe (26th in 2016) according to 500 property specialists such as investors, developers, bankers, brokers and consultants. (Emerging Trend in real Estate in Europe, PwC & Urban Land Institute, 2017)
  • 15th most attractive city in Europe for foreign investors (Financial Times – FDI Intelligence/ European Cities and Regions of the future, 2014)
  • 19th most attractive city globally for international investments and 7th in Europe (Global Location Trends, IBM 2015)
  • 1st challenger to Paris according to international investors (Measure of attractiveness of sites in France, EY, 2016)
  • 1st most attractive city in France (Cities of today, metropoles of tomorrow, PwC, 2015)
  • 1st business-friendly city in France (L’Expansion-L’Express 2016)
  • 15th most innovative city in Europe, 30th worldwide (Innovation Cities Global Index 2015, 2ThinkNow)

Quality of life

  • 1st preferred destination for French managers (Courrier Cadres 2015)
  • 38th city worldwide for quality of living (Mercer, 2016)
  • 30th city worldwide for quality of life (ahead of Barcelona, Los Angeles and Milan) and 16th in Europe (The most liveable cities, The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2015)

Lyon, France

Fête des lumières (Festival of light) 2016 – Photo credit

Tourism and gastronomy

  • Lyon voted best European weekend destination (World Travel Awards 2016) Lyon, France
  • 3rd favourite destination for international travellers (TripAdvisor 2016)
  • One of the Top 10 city-breaks in Europe (The Guardian 2015)
  • 5th city worldwide for gastronomy (Top 10 Food Cities, National Geographic, 2015)

Find out more about the Lyon area’s demographic and economic size and influence!