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Lille - At a glance
Lille at a glance
Location Northwest France, 45 minutes’ drive from the Channel coast. By rail it is 35 minutes from Brussels, 1 hour from Paris and 1 hour 40 minutes from London.
Climate Average temperatures: winter 6°C; spring and autumn 14°C; summer 23°C. For weather forecasts, check online weather services or dial 08 92 68 02 59
Population 225,784 in the city; 1,108,991 in the greater metropolitan area
Language Predominantly French; also some Flemish. A composite patois Ch’ti may also be heard
Religion Principally Roman Catholic; also Protestant, Muslim and Jewish
Currency Euro (for up-to-date exchange rates, see www.xe.com)
Time GMT/BST +1 hour
International telephone code +33
Public holidays 1 January, 1 May, 8 May, Pentecost Monday, 14 July (national day), 15 August, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December
School holidays One week at the end of October, two weeks at Christmas, two weeks in February, two in spring, the whole of July and August