European capital

A European and economic capital and a conurbation of human size, Strasbourg draws its strength from its history, culture and geographical situation.

Strasbourg the European Capital

  • Strasbourg occupies a strategic geographical position in the Rhine corridor
  • Direct access to a market where 75 % of the European Union's purchasing power lies within a 700 km radius
  • Strasbourg is the seat of major European institutions, including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Ombudsman, the Pharmacopoeia (EDMQ), the European Youth Centre, the Schenghen information system and the Eurocorps.
  • Strasbourg is the city with a second largest diplomatic presence in France, with 75 embassies and diplomatic representations, around 100 international NGOs and an international community of over 22,000 people.
  • Strasbourg is a member of many international networks, including the Club de Strasbourg, Eurocities, Cités Unies France, Civitas, OWCH and MOT
  • Strasbourg is twinned with Fès (Morocco), Jacmel (Haiti), Vologda (Russian Federation), Leicester (United Kingdom) and Boston (United States), Ramat-Gan (Israel), Stuttgart and Dresden (Germany).
  • Strasbourg- Kehl : the cross-border area is one of the 13 selected as part of the Ecocity movement.

The Eurodistrict, cross-border cooperation

The Eurodistrict belongs to the  European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) and comprises 79 member communes, 22 which are within the Strasbourg Urban Community and 51 in the Ortenaukreis, in Germany.

The Eurodistrict contains 900,000 inhabitants, with a density of 230 people per km² for the Ortenau and 1,500 people per km² for the CUS, over an area covering 2,200 km² (including 315 km² for the CUS) and 251 communes (of which 28 in the CUS).

The region has 500,000 jobs and over 60,000 students.