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About Lyon

Lyon, also known as Liyon in Arpetan, is a city in east-central France in the region Rhne-Alpes. Lyon is the second-largest French urban area, the first being Paris and the third Marseille. It is a major center of business, situated between Paris and Marseille, and has a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy. The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased the profile of Lyon internationally through participation in European football championships. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais. Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris. Lyon is also a major industrial center specializing in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. Lyon was historically known as the silk capital of the world. The city is known as the culinary capital of France. It also hosts numerous international headquarters like Interpol, Euronews, International Agency for Research on Cancer or Cit Scolaire Internationale de Lyon. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Area : Land area- 47.95 km2, Urban Area- 954 km2, Metro Area- 3306 km2.
Population : Land area - 472,305(2006), Urban Area - 1,783,400 (2007), Metro Area - 4,415,000(2007).
Country : France
Languages : French
Currency : Euro
Region : Rhône-Alpes
Geographic Coordination : 45°46′1″N 4°50′3″E