Bretagne in figures

3.4 million population

99.6 billion GDP in 2020

5.7 % unemployment compared to 7.1% for France (Q1 2023)

2 metropolitan areas : Brest and Rennes

7 towns with over 100,000 population

1 h30 Rennes-Paris by train

100 % Bretagne with full fibre network by 2026

Bretagne is

A connected region

  • An extensive, free road system
  • Two airports (Brest and Rennes) with international connections
  • Dense rail services and a high-speed line
  • Three major commercial ports
  • 104 marinas

Very high-speed Internet for all Bretagne residents by 2026

Areas of excellence

Cutting edge and dynamic research

Its 11,000 researchers make Bretagne one of the most active regions for research.

  • Major national public R&D centres: CNRS, Inra, Inria, Inserm, Ifremer, Anses, INRAE, IRSTEA.
  • Major group R&D centres: Canon, Orange, Qualcomm, Ericsson.
  • Technological platforms and innovation support structures available to SME.
  • Significant contribution by SME to research dynamics.

Quality higher education

Bretagne is carving out a place as one of the most attractive French regions for students.

  • 125,000 students per year
  • 4 universities
  • + 20 prestigious colleges
  • 240 higher education institutions
  • Short courses and specialised schools close to the needs of companies.
  • 2 international cities (Brest and Rennes).

Reliable employees, strong community

  • Bretagne residents are recognised by foreign investors as committed and highly-skilled employees.
  • They have a sense of community, work, open-mindness and innovation.
  • They are attached to their region and their companies.
  • Bretagne residents and economic players know how to work together to progress further (innovation, international, initiatives)

Exceptional quality of life

  • Diverse landscapes and nearby beaches
  • Rich historical heritage and land of legends
  • Intense cultural life and dense, active fabric of associations
  • Wide choice of sporting and leisure activities
  • Human-scale towns offering quality public services
  • Reasonable cost of living

an innovative region for companies

Our competitiveness hubs and dynamic clusters can interact seamlessly with your ecosystem. Experts in the technological aspects of their sector, they bring together companies, research laboratories and training facilities, and encourage R&D collaborative projects.

They help companies to be innovative and competitive and to expand their network locally and internationally.

The 7 Technopoles Bretagne, the French Tech network and Bretagne Développement Innovation support innovation through local measures and encourage the reception, establishment and development of companies, particularly start-ups.

Plug in labs Ouest is a tool listing all the laboratories and technological platforms in all fields of research in Bretagne.

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