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Carte Rhône-Alpes
Flag region Rhône-Alpes

Grenoble
Administration & Statistics

Administration
Region Rhône-Alpes
Departement Isère
Postal code 38000

Statistics
Elevation 204-475 m
land area 18 km2
Population 156,793 (2007)
Density 8,503 /km2
The city of Grenoble is located in southeast France and is situated on the Drac and Isere rivers where it is the capital of the department of Isere. Grenoble is located in the Rhône-Alpes region surrounded by mountains hence the name "Capital of the Alps".

Grenoble was originally known for glove making and is currently home to four universities. It is also a centre for the chemical and electronic industry as well as nuclear research. Grenoble has a population of over 150,000 inhabitants and 50,000 students that attend the universities.

Tourist population increased in Grenoble when the Winter Olympics were held there in 1968. Grenoble has a wide array of tourist attractions that include castles, museums, theatres, cultural festivals, and the city wall which dates back as far as the third century.

Some of the major tourist attractions in Grenoble include the Abbaye De Saint Chef which is one of the most famous abbeys in France and contains priceless Romanesque frescos. Fort Du Saint Eynard is known for its grandiose architecture and is situated on the cliff tops of Grenoble. It was originally constructed to prevent the enemy from crossing the Chartreuse Mountains during a period of opposition and it provides beautiful views of the city of Grenoble.

There are many other interesting tourist attractions including ski resorts and a wide variety of shopping and restaurant venues offering the finest goods and exquisite cuisine.

The economy of Grenoble is based on industry contracts, research and academia due to the presence of four universities which accommodate over 50,000 students. The city is most widely known for the manufacturing of gloves and is one of the leading cities for electronics and technology.

The economy of Grenoble has a high percentage of industrial entities which include wholesale trade, industry services such as construction, information technology, bio medical industry, and energy. Most of the economy consists of small to medium-sized companies.

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