|Wallonie Centro Nord-Pas de Calais Limousin Shannon Tampere Valencia|
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|3 Departments: Corrèze, Creuse and Haute-Vienne
711,000 inhabitants in 1999
Main towns: Limoges: 200,000 inhabitants
Brive-Tulle: 80,000 inhabitants Limousin is a welcoming region: 8,000 newcomers between 1990 and 1998.
There are several daily flights connecting Limousin to Paris-Orly (1 hour10 mins), to Paris-Roissy (1 hour 25 mins), Clermond-Ferrand and Lyon.
Paris can be reached in 2 hours 50 minutes from Limoges by train, and trains run regularly to Lyon, Geneva, Bordeaux and Toulouse.
The road-network has improved significantly. The A20 Motorway from Paris to Toulouse is toll-free as it crosses Limousin.
Limousin is a land of industrial know-how (porcelain, tapestry, diverse mineral extraction such as gold, textiles, leather-footwear and papermaking), and counts amongst those sectors which are strongly investing:
The industrial sector base is made up of small and medium-sized businesses (6 establishments with more than 500 salaried workers).
The service sector employs more than 65% of all jobs. Great efforts have been made on a regional level to make businesses aware of the spread of Information Technology. For example, the project tender for Acticiel 98 awarded 20 business projects and 21 local development projects.
A little over 9% of all jobs are involved in agriculture, specialising in the breeding of beef cattle (« limousine-breed ») and sheep.
The economic impact of tourism
The balance of trade is reasonably encouraging in Limousin (import-export ratio of 153%) and improved by 15% between 1996 and 1997. Germany and Italy are our main suppliers (in order of importance), but also our customers (in reverse order).
The 21 biggest industrial companies in Limousin (more than 300 salaried employees), representing about 12,000 people
Most investment has been in the wood-paper sector:
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Higher education brings together nearly 20,000 students.
Research is centred mainly around 9 specialised areas:
Limousin Technology is a local association which implements all public service aid programmes for the transfer of technology developed on a national and regional level. It acts as a centralised interface between technological supply and demand, and is a platform for the start-up of projects.