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Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, PREDA, IAU île-de-France

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Paris Region is connected to the world through its international airports and the quality of its TGV (high speed train) and intercity network.- Photo : Source : IAU idF

Structure of Paris Region's economically active population in 2007.- Photo : Source : INSEE (French Institute of Statistics), continuous employment survey

Top 5 EU regions for R&D expenditure of EU total R&D expenditure in 2003.- Source : Eurostat

Paris Region, 2nd largest concentration of Fortune 500 Headquarters in the world.- Source : Fortune Magazine Global 500 Companies, 21 July 2008

Foreign investment destination and job creations by project sector in 2007.- Source : AFII (Invest in France Agency), PREDA.

The most visited attractions in the Paris Region.- Source : Paris Ile-de-France Tourist Authority.

Paris Region has launched its ecological footprint calculation and set the target of becoming Europe's first Eco-region. Above, Major open spaces in Paris Region.- Source : IAU idF

Paris Region: Key Figures 2009.

December 2008

Every year, the Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA), the Paris –Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CRCI) and the Paris Region Urban Planning & Development Agency (IAU Ile-de-France) publish the latest key figures for Paris Region. This document was created drawing on the latest available published data.

Paris Region has a steady demographic growth

In 2006, Paris Region had an estimated population of 11,577,000. It increased by 6.8% between 1999 and 2007. Paris Region’s population is young: 56.5% of the region’s inhabitants are under 40 years old and is highly cosmopolitan: 12.4% of the population is of non-French nationality.

Paris Region is France’s leading centre for university education and Europe’s no.1 region in terms of R&D capability

Paris Region has 17 universities located on 22 sites across the region. 4 Grandes Ecoles are ranked in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Paris Region public and private R&D expenditure come up to 41% of France research expenditure (€15.5 billion and 75,846 researchers).
In 2005, the French government launched its competitiveness cluster strategy with the aim of bringing together businesses, research centres and training bodies to unlock synergies and stimulate the emergence of collaborative, and, above all, innovative projects, in the face of increased global competition.

Paris Region holds a unique position as a transport hub

Paris Region is connected to the world with an outstanding transport network. It has 2 international airports with 86.3 million passengers (in 2007) and 11 business airports with 66,900 movements every year. Paris Region’s TGV (high-speed train) services place it right at the heart of Europe. Moreover Paris Region is Europe’s second largest inland port with 70 harbours.

Paris Region is a region that means business

It is Europe’s no.1 destination for job creation. Paris Region offers a broad industrial base and a diversified tertiary sector. 849 investment projects that have been launched since 2003 represent 36,977 jobs. In 2007, 75,000 new companies were created.
Paris Region boasts Europe’s leading commercial real estate offering, ahead of London in the office space market with 49 million m2 (524 million sq. ft.) of office space, 30 million m2 (321 million sq. ft.) of business space…
Paris Region is a hub for business meetings and corporate events, as well. In 2006, more than 3,000 trade fairs and exhibitions took place in Paris Region.

Paris Regions is the world’s no.1 tourist destination

Its tourist sector is steadily expanding. It attracts 45 million tourists every year. In 2007,  overseas visitors generated 14.8 million hotel arrivals (+4.7% compared to 2006) and 36.9 million overnight stays (+10.3% compared to 2006). Paris is surrounded by natural parks and forests. Fontainebleau forest is the largest in Europe and has been classified under UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere” programme since 1998. A noise observatory was established in 2009: BruitParif. The region is taking steps to limit and prevent environmental pollution.

Paris Region Key Figures 2009 makes it easy for you to identify the key economic data, at the same time highlighting Paris Region’s unique dynamism and diversity.

PREDA The Paris Region Economic Development Agency
The CRCI, Paris Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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  • 12,012 km2 (4,638 sq mi) 8 départements, 1,281 municipalités
  • 11,577,000 inhabitants. 19% of the French population
  • 5,495,000 jobs
  • GDP: €533,560 million in value. 29% of national GDP
  • GDP per inhabitant: €46,000
  • Unemployment level: 6.5% (3rd quarter 2008)
  • 585,960 students in higher education
  • 137,270 jobs in public and private research
  • 55,900 jobs in public research, accounting for 35% of the national total
  • 81,370 jobs in private research, including 49,260 researchers
  • Annual expenditure of €10,345 million in private research

Competitiveness clusters:

System@ticMov’eoCosmetic Valley Elastopole Finance Innovation Medicen Cap Digital Advancity ASTech

The leading region for job creation in France and in the EU in 2007

180 projects and 10,400 jobs created by FDI in 2007

2nd largest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters in the world

  • 678,513 companies
  • 75,000 new companies created in 2007
  • Europe’s fastest rail network
  • Europe’s 2nd largest inland port with 70 harbours
  • 2 international airports, some 2.4 million passengers every day
  • 5,000 trains travelling daily on the 3,900 km Paris Region network
  • 390 stations
  • 14 Metro lines- 5 RER (Réseau Express Régional – Regional Express Train lines)
  • 2,100 km of main roads and motorways
  • 15,100 taxis
  • Velib initiative: system of self-service bicycles (20,600 bicycles and 1,451 statio

One of the world best healthcare system

according to the World Health Organization

  • Paris Region has 15 of France’s top 50 hospitals
  • Europe’s no.1 hospital network: the AP-HP (Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris) network comprising more than 38 institutions and some 25,000 beds