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- Seine-Saint-Denis: rich with opportunity Special report - Paris region magazine 2
After the industrial decline experienced here in the mid-20th century, Seine-Saint-Denis has fought back with inexhaustible energy and great ingenuity to recover and get back on the road to prosperity. With annual growth of 8% today, that determination has certainly paid off.
236 km2, 40 municipalities, 3 intercommunal groupings
1,503,536 inhabitants (INSEE, the French National Institute of Statistics & Economic Surveys, 1 January 2008)
29.1% of the population is under 20
520,000 people in employment; 43,000 businesses
Tertiary sector business: 71% - Industry and construction: 29%
2.5% of national GDP
Centres of excellence
Aeronautics: 8,800 jobs, 81 establishments
Cinema - Audiovisual - Multimedia: 24,000 jobs; 3,000 businesses; 100,000m2 of film studios
Health - Life sciences
Eco industries: 355 establishments; 3,690 jobs
Automotive: 17,000 jobs; 1,040 establishments
2 international airports: Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, the leading European hub for freight and mail, and Paris-Le Bourget, 1 RER-TGV rail interchange, 5 motorways, 11 metro and RER lines, 2 light railways, 100 bus routes, one Prologis logistics hub.
Education and training
Paris Region's 2nd major university cluster, with 2 universities and 3 engineering schools: 60,000 students
1,500 private-sector researchers
3 universities housing 200 laboratories or research units
Eminent research centres in both the public and private sectors
CNAM (the National Conservatoire of Arts and Crafts), the Paris Galilée Institute, EADS-Eurocopter, Alstom, L'Oréal, EDF, GDF, Saint-Gobain, etc etc.
Real estate and land
Paris Region's number 1 département for investment in business premises, number 3 for investment in office space. Significant land reserves more attractively priced than the regional average.
Conventions and exhibitions
2 international exhibition & convention centres (Paris Nord Villepinte and Le Bourget) plus a hotel and convention centre in the pipeline (Saint Denis).