Strasbourg the international city

Strasbourg's European vocation reflects the growth of its international status.


A European and international city

Along with Geneva and New York, Strasbourg is home to international organisations, without itself being a capital. The city is the seat of some 40 European institutions or organisations of international cooperation, including the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights, Eurocorps , the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine, the Schengen Central Information System, the European Pharmacopoeia and the European Science Foundation

Strasbourg, as a European capital, is the city with the second largest diplomatic presence in France, with 46 embassies and 30 consulates.

Binational by design

The Eurodistrict is an experimental region sponsored by the French and German governments and set up by Strasbourg and the German Ortenau region to encourage cross-border governance.

An education system with a strong international focus

The city contains a large number of international schools, which means students can follow an international syllabus from primary school level right through to the baccalaureate. The city's university has over 42,000 students, 21% of whom come from outside France, and is the centre of a region of cooperation set up with Germany and Switzerland, which contains some 13,000 lecturer-researchers and 80 faculties and engineering schools.

An economy with a strong international influence and 1200 international companies 

  • The conurbation's workforce has considerable experience in working with international management.
  • The local economy is focused on three markets with a high GDP – Germany, France and Switzerland.

A strategic location and range of services for companies in the high end international services sector:

  • Strasbourg is the third-largest French banking centre, with 14 bank head offices
  • The city offers a wide choice of companies specialising in business and deal flows, including Business Angels, World Trade Center, development agencies, venture capital companies and relocation agencies
  • A wide choice of consultants, interpreters and international legal experts
  • Resource and support services (IT, human resources) for businesses
  • Bespoke training courses and a centre of excellence in public management: École Nationale d'Administration, INET, Institut des Hautes Études Européennes and the IEPI and CEIPI intellectual property institutes.