A strong industrial potential
Industry accounts for 20.3% of the region’s value added and 23% of jobs, making Normandie a significant industrial region. It is the location of many large companies, including the two largest French refineries (Total and Exxon Mobil), three nuclear power plants (Paluel, Penly and Flamanville), as well as the La Hague nuclear fuel reprocessing site and major plants for the automotive (Renault) and aerospace (Snecma, Thales Aerospace) sectors.
Normandie generates nearly 15% of French electricity and is the country’s flagship region for marine renewable energy. Four clusters, TES, Hippolia, Mov’eo and Nov@log, are Normandie-based.
Varied and abundant agriculture and fishing
Normandie is a bountiful agricultural region where livestock and farming zones co-exist. With 600 km (370 miles) of coastline, the region has extensive fishing grounds. It is also home to one of the largest oyster- and mussel-farming catchment areas. As France’s top cheese-producing region, Normandie is well-known for its many Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs).
18 million visitors each year
Normandie is a favorite destination for green tourism, thanks to the quality of its natural spaces. Tourists can enjoy unspoiled seaside getaways in a variety of forms. The region boasts several sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. With 2.5 million visitors annually, Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are among the most-visited tourist sites in France.
There is also the Le Havre city center, which was rebuilt by Auguste Perret, the Vauban observatory towers in Tahihou and La Hougue, and the Bayeux Tapestry, which has been included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Remembrance tourism enjoys a special status in Normandie, with the D-Day landing beaches and many locations focusing on the Second World War (the Caen Memorial Museum in particular).
Welcome to Normandie
The AD NORMANDIE, a one-stop shop for businesses, offers a “Welcome Package” which includes specific support. In conjunction with all local partners, the agency facilitates the integration of the entrepreneur, their family and employees into local life.
Vos contact en région
Where to apply for a residence permit
- Préfecture du Calvados
1 rue Daniel Huet, 1400 CAEN
- Préfecture de l’Eure
Boulevard Georges Chauvin, 27000 Evreux
- Préfecture de la Manche
Place de la Préfecture, 50000 Saint-Lô
- Préfecture de l’Orne
39 rue Saint-Blaise, 61000 Alençon
- Préfecture de Seine-Maritime
7 place de la Madeleine, 76000 ROUEN
A lever for economic, social and cultural development, higher education, research and innovation are part of an ambitious regional policy in respect of the area’s influence and attractiveness. With more than 92,000 students, three universities, 14 engineering schools, management schools, post-baccalaureate sections in high schools, health and social training schools and fine arts schools, Normandie offers genuine potential for higher education.
Normandie has excellent research potential, notably through:
- 2,200 PhD students working in eight doctoral schools
- 150 research structures, including 40 associated with the major national research organizations (CEA, INSERM, CNRS, etc.)
- 4,300 research professors working in the universities of Caen, Rouen and Le Havre
- Structures, major facilities or platforms recognized at international or national level: five Labex – seven Equipex – one Biotechnologies-Bioresources Project – national biology-healthcare infrastructures: Maison de la Recherche en Sciences humaines, CYCERON, GANIL, CRIANN, PISSARO, PRIMACEN, CNRT materials, etc.
- Major Research Networks, positioned in areas of excellence corresponding to sectors or strategic economic issues, such as energy, materials, biology-healthcare, digital technology, etc.
- The École des Roches is one of the best mixed private schools in Europe. It is a renowned destination school. Students regularly study at elite universities: https://www.ecoledesroches.co.uk/
- Henri Brunet School in Caen has a British international section for your child: https://section-inter.etab.ac-caen.fr/spip.php?section3
- British international section at Salvador Allende High School in Herouville St Clair:. https://lycee-salvador-allende.etab/pdf/plaquette_section_inter_britannique_-_rentree_2018.pdf
- Institution Saint-Joseph, Le Havre: http://www.st-jo.fr
- École Assomption, Le Havre: http://ecole-assomption.fr/la-classe-anglophone-dimmersion-linguistique-et-culturelle/
- Lycée Gustave Flaubert, Rouen: http://www.lycee-flaubert-rouen.fr/pages/accueil/Lycée Gustave Flaubert, Rouen
French Tech in Normandie
Normandie welcomes startup projects and offers them accommodation, tailor-made workshops, personalized support and access to the pool of Normandie entrepreneurs and experts through our incubators for creation and our accelerators for development.
- Incubators: More than 25 general and themed incubators on mobility, digital, tourism, agritech, medical, etc.
- Accelerators: Fast Forward Normandie and NFactory
More than 280 start-ups listed in Normandie by the My French Start-up site.
Around twenty fundraising events per year (2018: €165 million for 13 startups) achieved by startups thanks to a solid financial ecosystem: Bpifrance, Normandie Participations (regional fund), NCI, Go Capital, Réseau Entreprendre.
A community-based Normandie French Tech network present in the three major cities: Caen, Le Havre and Rouen.
Explore fabulous places such as Mont-Saint-Michel, Etretat, Giverny or Rouen. Or explore the region from another angle, through activities and themes such as cycling, horse-riding, gastronomy, the Middle Ages or the D-Day Beaches.
The Normans whisper their secret plans to you: https://www.secrets-normands.com/
Normandy for life