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Tap, Lyon, wi the auld ceety in the foregrund. Centre, the Pont Bonaparte, at nicht, an the Pont Lafayette. Bottom, the Place Bellecour, wi the Basilica o Oor Lady an the Tour Metal in the backgrund.
Tap, Lyon, wi the auld ceety in the foregrund. Centre, the Pont Bonaparte, at nicht, an the Pont Lafayette. Bottom, the Place Bellecour, wi the Basilica o Oor Lady an the Tour Metal in the backgrund.

Motto: Avant, avant, Lion le melhor.
(Franco-Provençal: Forward, forward, Lyon the best)
Lyon is located in France
Coordinates: 45°45′35″N 4°50′32″E / 45.7597°N 4.8422°E / 45.7597; 4.8422Coordinates: 45°45′35″N 4°50′32″E / 45.7597°N 4.8422°E / 45.7597; 4.8422
Kintra Fraunce
Region Rhône-Alpes
Depairtment Rhône
Arrondissement Lyon
Canton chief toun o 14 cantons
Intercommunality Urban Commonty
o Lyon
Subdivisions 9 arrondissements
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gérard Collomb (PS)
 • Metro (2010) 6,018.62 km2 (2,323.80 sq mi)
 • Land1 47.95 km2 (18.51 sq mi)
Population (Jan. 2012[2])
 • Rank 3rd in Fraunce
 • Metro (2012) 2,214,068[1]
 • Population2 496,343
 • Population2 Density 10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
INSEE/Postal code 69123 / 69001-69009
Elevation 162–305 m (531–1,001 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population wioot double coontin: residents o multiple communes (e.g., students an militar personnel) anly coonted ance.

Lyon (French pronunciation: [ljɔ̃] ( listen); Arpitan: Liyon, IPA: [ʎjɔ̃]; English: /liːˈɒn/ or anglicised as Lyons /ˈlaɪ.ənz/), is a ceety in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situatit atween Paris an Marseille. Lyon is locatit at 470 km (292 mi) frae Paris, 320 km (199 mi) frae Marseille, 160 km (99 mi) frae Geneva, 280 km (174 mi) frae Turin, an 600 km (373 mi) frae Barcelona. The woners o the ceety are cawed Lyonnais (singular an plural).

The ceety o Lyon haes 480,660 indwallers.[2] Thegither wi its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the seicont-lairgest metropolitan aurie in Fraunce efter that o Paris, wi the population o its urban aurie estimatit tae be 1,422,331 an that o its metropolitan aurie 1,757,180.[3][4] Its urban region represents hauf o the Rhône-Alpes region population wi 2.9 million inhabitants.[5] Lyon is the caipital o this region, as well as the caipital o the smawer Rhône département.

Lyon haes a lang cultural influence on Fraunce an the warld. The ceety is kent for its historical an architectural landmarks an is a UNESCO Warld Heritage Steid. Lyon wis historically kent as an important aurie for the production an weavin o silk an in modren times haes developed a reputation as the caipital o gastronomy in Fraunce. It haes a significant role in the history o cinema due tae Auguste an Louis Lumière. The local professional fitbaa team, Olympique Lyonnais, haes increased the profile o Lyon internaitionally throu participation in European fitbaa championships.

Economically, Lyon is a major centre for bankin an forby the chemical, pharmaceutical, an biotech industries. The ceety contains a significant software industry wi a particular focus on video gemmes, an in recent years haes focussed on a growin local stairt-up sector.[6] Lyon hosts the internaitional heidquarters o Interpol, Euronews an International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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Twin touns — Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Lyon is twinned wi:[7]

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