Lille is a city in the north of France, in the prefecture of the department du Nord and it is the main town of the Hautes de France region.
A municipality of approximately 230,000 inhabitants, Lille forms, alongside Roubaix, Tourcoing and with 86 other municipalities, the European metropolis of Lille, which counts 1,139,929 inhabitants. Lille is the fourth largest city in France. It also has an important influence on a highly urbanised and densely inhabited territory of more than 3.8 million people.
Still nicknamed in France the “capital of Flanders”, Lille and its surroundings belong to the historical region of Romanesque Flanders. A commercial city since its origins, manufacturing since the sixteenth century, the industrial revolution turned it into a great industrial capital, mainly in the textile and mechanical industries.
Lille also has a public university: the University of Lille. Its head office is located in Lille’s central district and it is made up of numerous campuses spread throughout the metropolis. With nearly 70,000 students (thus helping to make Lille the third largest student centre in France), it is the largest university in France and more widely in the French-speaking world.