About Lille

Lille is a medium-sized (233,000-inhabitant), dense city (6,700 inhab/km²), in an urban area (Lille European Metropolis – MEL) of 1.2M inhabitants. The MEL covers 90 local authorities, pooling their resources together for more efficient action in a number of fields (water management, mobility, economy…). Lille remains a working-class city, recognized for its dynamism. Lille also faces a high poverty rate with 1 in 4 inhabitants living below the poverty line.


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A city with a mineral and industrial past.

Historically, Lille is a predominantly mineral city built inside the Vauban ramparts. If its industrial past built its economic success it has also left it with polluted soil and brownfield sites. Nevertheless, while it has experienced industrial decline, it has recovered by combining a strategic vision (tertiary capital with high added value) with a strong rallying of local stakeholders (European Capital of Culture in 2004) and social ambition (welcoming, sustainable city).

International cooperation

Europe features in all Lille’s projects:

•Leader of the INTERREG "Moloc" project for a low-carbon city, with Hamburg, Turin, Suceava and Katowice

•Leader of the Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities INTERREG project, alongside London and Ghent which promotes an affordable housing model inspired by community land trusts.

•ERDF-funded projects such as “Environmentally Optimized City Lights”

•INTERREG: Nature Smart Cities across the 2 Seas

•The Com.Unity.Lab project; Urbact-certified, it comes out of the Local Development Strategy for priority neighbourhoods


The City of Lille’s Solidarity partnerships :

Oujda, Saint Louis, Haïfa, Naplouse, Tlemcen


Direction Développement durable
Hôtel de ville
CS 30667
59033 Lille cedex

International relationships
Hôtel de Ville - B.P 667
59033 Lille Cedex
Tel : +33 (0)3 20 49 54 13
Fax : +33 (0)3 20 49 50 78

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