Bordering Switzerland and Italy at east, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region lies at the crossroads of the main European and national communication ways: South to Montpellier, Marseille, Barcelona, West to Bordeaux and North to Paris.
With 7,8 million inhabitants, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the 2nd region most populous Region in France and also the 3rd largest (70.000 km²).
With huge metropoles as Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand and Geneva area, 80% of population lives large urban areas. But Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is also the first Mountain Region in France, with 3 mountain ranges (Alps, Jura, Massif Central).
500.000 employees in industrial sector, 40.000 researchers and 14 competitiveness clusters make her the 2nd region in terms of creation of economic wealth.