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Caen conurbation, the regional capital at a glance

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Caen la mer, Normandy's capital
- 29 communes,
- 223,106 inhabitants
France's first most attractive urban community
- 12,341 establishments
- a quarter of Normandy's employment

Caen la mer endorses its preferential position in a number of French conurbation classifications : First in its category (conurbation with 200,000 to 500,000 inhabitants) in 2009 in terms of economic attractiveness.

Creation of the "District du Grand Caen" on the 23rd of November 1990 comprising 18 member towns (Authie, Bretteville-sur-Odon, Caen, Cambes-en-Plaine, Carpiquet, Colombelles, Cormelles-le-Royal, Cuverville, Démouville, Epron, Fleury-sur-Orne, Giberville, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, Ifs, Louvigny, Mondeville, Saint-Contest and Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe). On the 1st of January 2003, the name was changed from « communauté d’agglomération du Grand Caen » (Grand Caen urban community) to « Communauté d’agglomération Caen la mer » (Caen la mer urban community) with an added 10 member towns: Bénouville, Biéville-Beuville, Blainville-sur-Orne, Eterville, Hermanville-sur-Mer, Lion-sur-Mer, Mathieu, Périers-sur-le-Dan, Saint-Aubin d’Arquenay and Villons-les-Buissons. Sannerville, the 29th member town, joined the conurbation on the 1st of January 2004.

Situated on the coast of the world's busiest waterway, the English Channel, Caen la mer is close to major European capitals (Paris, London, and Brussels). A strategic geographical position between the Paris basin and France's "Great West".
Aims. To establish a new territorial balance, in Europe: to restore the balance of a valuable European axis in western France, the « blue banana » (London, Amsterdam, Ruhr, Munich, Lyon, Turin, Milan); in France: to provide regions and major regional centres with sufficient economic influence.
20 million European consumers at less than a 3 hour drive away. Proximity of the A13, A84 and A88 motorways
Caen - Carpiquet airport : regular flights to and from the Lyon – St-Exupéry hub (in 2011 : 100,023 passengers)
Caen - Ouistreham commercial port: France's 4th decentralised port port of national interest for freight; Caen – Portsmouth car ferry links
(in 2011: 951,758 passengers, 110,061 lorries, 233,634 cars)
Paris - Cherbourg railway line with direct links to Roissy and the regional rail network: serving 40 stations / Tramway.

- 120,962 jobs,
- 12,341 companies including 46 with over 200 employees: Renault Trucks, Peugeot Citroën Automobiles, Papeteries
Hamelin, Oberthur Card Systems, Système U Nord Ouest, Les Combustibles de Normandie, Kéolis Caen, Natixis, Logidis,
Schering Plough, Glaxo Wellcome Production, Laboratoires Gilbert, Legallais-Bouchard, SC2N, Robert Bosch Electronics,
NXP, Carrefour France, Benoist Girard, Interépargne, Caisse Fédérale d’Epargne de Crédit Mutuel de Normandie…
Adopted by the Conseil Communautaire (Community Board) on the 19th of September 2003, this project focuses on two major development themes which should be brought to fruition by 2015-2020.
- economic development: obtaining recognition of the territory's scientific and technical expertise , becoming a creative and hospitable hub for both endogenous and exogenous economic development.
- quality living environment: determination to give due consideration to sustainable development, creation of a modern
urban community

Caen la mer's President is Philippe Duron

  • Ville de CAEN
  • Façade aéroport de Caen Carpiquet
  • Papeterie Hamelin
  • Périphérique Caen
  • Phoenix Université de Caen