Rhône-Alpes, France, a quality-of-life territory

INDURA is located in Lyon, in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region, the second most important economic area in France and the 7th in Europe.

Pont Raymond Barre

Photo credit: Jacques Leone, Grand Lyon

What makes Rhône-Alpes a prime quality-of-life territory?

This area lies at the natural crossroads of major national and European axes of communication. This situation makes it a region where diversity is the key-word. This geographic, climatic, sociological and cultural puzzle could be a handicap. Rhône-Alpes has made this its great strength, developing state-of-the-art infrastructures to connect people and improve their quality of life.

INDURA's mission is to represent and promote all around the world the French know-how for sustainable infrastructures.

Rhône-Alpes key figures

2nd most important region in France, 7th in Europe

365,000 sites of economic activity; 80,000 active associations

43,698 km², or 8% of France's total surface area (comparable to Denmark or Switzerland)

More than 6 million inhabitants, or 10% of the French population

At the crossroads of Europe's main communication routes, Rhône-Alpes is serviced by excellent facilities:
     - Lyon Saint-Exupéry international airport
     - Annecy, Chambéry, Saint-Etienne, Roanne and Valence airports
     - TGV (high speed train)
     - a dense network of 1,376 km of motorways linked to the Swiss and Italian networks
     - goods transport: 255.6 million tons by raod in 2006, 18.2 million tons by rail in 2007, 2.2 million tons by river in 2008
(Source: Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport, DREAL Rhône-Alpes, SITRAM, SNCF, harbours of Rhône-Alpes)

Transport: 145,000 travellers/day; 1250 trains; 600 buses

8 universities; 35 higher education establishments; 236,000 students

Strong research and innovation in civil engineering, biotechnologies, environment, chemistry, materials, digital, physics, nanotechnologies, power...

France's 2nd tourist destination