262 districts, 39 cantons
622 inhabitants per km2
503,833 people in employment
60,000 establishments, almost 90% employing fewer than 10 employees.
Since 2002 the number of business start-ups in Yvelines has been rising steadily (5,847 start-ups in 2005).
Centres of excellence
5 industrial centres of excellence: Telecommunications technology and services; electronic, information technology, telecommunications, microelectronics and mechatronics equipment industry; the automotive industry; the space and defence industries, and biotechnologies.
Education and Training
51 education establishments including the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and its various sites, four élite graduate schools and a network of international colleges.
This academic infrastructure is further enhanced by the presence of renowned institutes and laboratories such as INRA (the National Institute for Agricultural Research), INRIA (the National Institute for Research in Computer Science & Control), INRETS (the National Institute for Transport & Safety Research), LNE (the National Test Laboratory), CNAM (the National Institute for Arts and Crafts), to name but a few
Elite graduate schools (Grandes écoles):
- the School of Architecture, the School of Law, the School of Fine Arts, the National Higher School of Landscape Architecture (INSP), and the Higher Institute of Perfume, Cosmetics and Food Flavouring (ISIPCA) in Versailles
- the Institute of Science and Technology in Yvelines (ISTY) at Montigny-le-Bretonneux
- the National Agronomic Institute in Paris-Grignon at Thiverval-Grignon
- HEC Higher Institute of Business (ISA) at Jouy-en-Josas
With 25,000 people employed in private-sector R&D,Yvelines is the foremost private research centre in Paris Region (34% of the region's workforce) alongside Hauts-de-Seine (32% of the region's workforce)
This R&D capability focuses on 3 principal branches of economic activity:
- The production of IT equipment and services
- The production of medical, precision, optical and watch-making instruments
- Aerospace construction
Real estate and land
The département has several establishments dedicated to encouraging young start-ups: INRIA's Espace-Transfert at Rocquencourt, Confluence d'entreprises, Espace Arnold de Ville, Espace Sulzer, Espace des Entrepreneurs, Espace Cristal and Espace Média, Promopôle, the Houdan business incubator.
2,300 km of railway, 70 stations, 6,000 km of roads and a network of river ports connected to multimodal hubs.
Centrally located in Paris Region, Yvelines is at the heart of the business and international communications networks and is convenient for both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.
Yvelines is home to the Château of Versailles, which boasts more than six million visitors making it one of the principal tourist attractions in France. The second leading tourist site is the Château of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Six towns have royal town status. Outside Versailles and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the town of Poissy pre-dates its neighbours Saint Louis, Mantes-la-Jolie, Marly-le-Roi and Rambouillet. Visitors can explore several châteaux, former royal residences or the homes of well-connected powerful families. The most famous are: Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Rambouillet, Breteuil, Maisons-Laffitte, and Thoiry. In addition, there are a few far older fortresses, such as the Château de la Madeleine at Chevreuse.
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