As the capital of France with a population of over 2 million, Paris is the leading cultural, scientific, and financial hub of the country.
The Metropolitan region of Paris is one of Europe’s major regions and is France’s leading economic region, contributing to 30.5% of national GDP1.
As the country’s capital, Paris naturally stands as a strategic hub for international companies to set-up their headquarters or regional offices for Europe. Strategically located in central Europe, Paris has developed a world class infrastructure, including three international airports, high speed national rail, to offer easy connections to all European major cities.
1 Choose Paris Region, 2019
Consider expanding your business in the technology space to capitalise on Paris’ well-developed innovation ecosystem.
In recent years, Paris Region has become a global innovation hotspot. This is mainly due to its well-developed venture capital industry, world-class universities and research institutions, and a growing number of co-working spaces and accelerators.
The region is also home to the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in Europe. Numerous events and organisations have emerged to support the startup ecosystem, such as Vivatech, Europe’s leading startup and innovation trade show, and Station F, the world’s largest startup campus.
The well-connected city makes for fast travel times and increased productivity for your business.
The city has three international airports, and three ports along the Seine – Paris, Rouen and Le Havre. In addition to a dense and efficient metro and bus system, Paris is at the hub of an extensive and efficient rail network that offers connections to major European cities like Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Stockholm, and Vienna.
A key attraction is Paris’ unique cultural heritage, with world famous landmarks, museums, and cathedrals.
As a top tourist destination, Paris offers another avenue of opportunity that you can explore for your French venture. Paris is famous for being popular with tourists, with over 40 million visitors in 20173. Home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the city has the world’s biggest hotel industry with 150,000 hotel rooms.
A key attraction is Paris’ unique cultural heritage, with world famous landmarks, museums and cathedrals.
3 Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2017
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Find out what are some events your business can participate in France:
VivaTech: Startup and innovation
SIAL: International Food Exhibition
Aeromart: Procurement event for Aerospace