The City of Caen is in an ideal location, with its maritime position providing a strategically important connection with Northern Europe and the United Kingdom. Its proximity to three major European capitals (Paris, London and Brussels) guarantees the city’s attractiveness, providing a varied and quality offer.
With a population of 108 000 inhabitants, Caen is a dynamic and innovative city, particularly excelling in the medical and digital sectors.
The City boasts a varied economic fabric, industrial and state-of-the-art research facilities and an educational offer, which attracts over 30 000 students each year.
Caen is developing in the highly competitive fields of research and high technology. They are supported and developed by:
- Internationally reputed scientific facilities (Ganil – for the exploration of the matter, Cyceron for biomedical imagery)
- Effiscience technological campus.
- University and Further Education schools.
Caen is a strategic competitivity centre for Secure Electronic Transactions and is part, along with Rouen and Le Havre, of the Normandy French Tech, a national title awarded to cities specifically recognized for digital innovation.
In June 2014, the City Council co-organized, with its partners, the first edition of the Liberty and Solidarity Forum. The event has since been renamed the D-Day Economic Forum and is to be held in June 2016 as part of the city’s policy to highlight our local economic fabric and our potentiality as an influential player.
Caen Memorial is today one of Europe’s top historical memory venues welcoming around 630 000 visitors per year.
Over the past ten years, the museum has constantly renewed its exhibitions and approach today being placed at the heart of the discussion on the role of History in our modern societies.
Based on reconciliation and a will to pass on our living history to future generations, the Memorial organizes numerous events, including the High School “Pleas for Human Rights” Competition, the press cartoonists’ encounters or the Mémoriales event.
In May 2016, the Memorial will inaugurate the Museum dedicated to Civilians during the war in Falaise.
The Greater Caen District, Caen la mer (242 000 inhabitants), home to NFC, nationally recognized, alongside Rouen and Le Havre, with the « Normandy French Tech » title,, aims on a daily basis to support and welcome any new businesses or investors, who intend to meet the challenges of the future in the fields of digital innovation, health or materials, using Normandy as their base.
Caen la mer is less than two hours from Paris, « business friendly » and the perfect playfield for experimenting on Smart City technologies. The area meets with the needs of business through a range of personalized services (coworking, incubators & accelerators, business oriented office space and startup/investors ‘contracts) and facilitates the creation of new activities on several sites citywide. (Port Peninsula, EffiScience Campus and North Plateau).
The Crédit Agricole is a cooperative bank and the first in the region financing the local economy. The bank is expert in all fields required by its customers be it for savings, loans, insurance or protection. The bank also accompanies the region’s main structural projects as well as the key actors involved.
For over 120 years the bank has been implanted in Normandy and has constantly contributed to local development. Besides traditional banking activities, the Credit Agricole boasts a proactive policy encouraging progress and innovation with a view to anticipating market needs.
Le GANIL, (grand accélérateur national d’ions lourds) the National Heavy ion Accelerator today is one of the world’s major research laboratories for ion beams, the physics of the matter, atoms and their nuclei, astrophysics, radiotherapy…The research la bis located in Caen and is today a major facility which serves both French and European research. Everey year, the la bis host to hundreds of researchers from the international scientific community, who have the opportunity here to do their experiments on the lab’s state-of-the-art instruments.
A new piece of equipment SPIRAL2 will enable new research, opening new horizons in the field of the physics of the nucleus and interdisciplinary research, further developing the work which has been done by GANIL for the past 30 years. SPIRAL2 will give both France and Europe a real technological and scientific lead in international research. The SPIRAL 2 project is supported by national government, local authorities, the National Research Laboratory (CNRS) and the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). .