Rouen, nicknamed "la ville aux cent clochers", is situated in the Normandy region of northwest France, astride the lower reaches of the River Seine. The old medieval city has been meticulously restored, with many narrow alleys and pedestrianized streets to explore in this part of the city. Rouen Cathedral, its facade depicted in several Claude Monet paintings, and the Gros Horloge, or Astronomical Clock, with its fourteenth century movement and sixteenth century face, are the city's most famous landmarks. There are many street cafes and bars, and at night the city comes alive with over 150 restaurants that expats living in Rouen will be hard pressed to sample all. During the summer months, a light display is shown on the cathedral facade in the late evening, attracting tourists and locals alike. Entertainment in Rouen includes several theaters, offering live performances, and a number of movie theaters. The center is easily negotiated on foot, but there is a rent-a-bike scheme available, and with many walking and cycling routes along the Seine and in the surrounding countryside, expats in Rouen can enjoy quality leisure time, alone or with friends found online through the InterNations website.
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Rouen is served by the local Rouen Seine Valley Airport, but the nearest international airport is in Paris, some 130kms away. Rouen airport enjoys a bus service to the city, whilst Paris is connected to Rouen by train, with Rouen being part of the TGV train network to Lyon and Marseille. Within the city, an efficient bus and tram system is in operation, with 'metro' trams operating along a north-south axis. Relocating to a new country is often a stressful experience, with many deadlines to meet in the process. When problems arise, it helps to have contact with other expats living in Rouen or other parts of France for advice and tips. InterNations welcomes newcomers to its fold, enabling them to network and socialize with fellow expatriates and maybe even arrange social gatherings and meetings with those living in close proximity. And the InterNations Expat Magazine is full of articles on, for example, the relocation process which are useful for the seasoned expatriate and novice alike. The range of topics covered should provide answers to most general queries which may arise when moving to and living in Rouen as an expat.
The port of Rouen is a major employer within the city, with a flourishing global import and export trade along the River Seine. Service industries are the most significant sources of employment in Rouen, and many international companies have production bases in the city. Expats working in Rouen will need to be fluent in French, and English is often needed due to the city's international trading status. Rouen also has a well-developed agricultural and animal husbandry sector, supplying both local and national markets. There are over seventy research institutes in agriculture and the sciences, connected to the five higher education establishments in the city. As an expatriate working in Rouen, you can expect to enjoy a high standard of living, and as a member of InterNations you have the opportunity to sample the gastronomic delights of Rouen in the company of like-minded, friendly professionals who are similarly based in the city and surrounding areas.