To the many people who think that Lille sounds like a boring, industrial, coal mining town, are they in for a suprise! Lille has got a vey nice historic centre, with old houses and mansions that look like those of Brussels or Amsterdam,
Although the North of France still suffers high unemployemnt rates, this region is getting back to its feet. Lille is becoming an important regional hub again, with fast trains connecting it to Brussels, Paris and London. Lille has been designated a "European City of Culture" for 2004.
Lille is situated on the Deûle River, near France's border with Belgium. It is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the préfecture of the Nord department.
Lille can be described as having a temperate oceanic climate; there are neither cold nor hot extremes, and average precipitation. The winters are mild and the summers are pleasant.