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Local facts

Situated in the heart of northwest Europe, right next to the North Sea and the French-Belgian border, the Metropolitan Area of Dunkerque consists of 18 communities and 210,000 inhabitants.

The Dunkerque territory is home to protected seashore with beaches dunes and seaside resorts stretching for 15 kilometres from Malo-les-Bains to Bray-Dunes.

The coastal territory also boasts a productive port industry with a tradition of anchored shipping and portside activity, as well as several basins for both pleasure boating and trade.

Furthermore, the Dunkerque territory has a strong cultural heritage with several public facilities dedicated to the sea set across the greater metropolitan area, as well as a Contemporary Art and Action Centre (Lieu d'Art et d’Action Contemporaine), a Congress Palace, a national scene and historical, fortified towns.

Additional large public facilities have also been put in place, such as the Palace of the Universe and Sciences (le Palais de l'Univers et des Sciences) in Cappelle-la-grande, the zoological park in Fort-Mardyck and a renowned 27-hole golf course.

One of the newest public facilities, la Maison 3d, illustrates the city's innovation in the field of sustainable development.

The Metropolitan Council is also a region supportive of friendly athletic competition, hosting famous teams and Olympic champions. It is also possible to enjoy the festive atmosphere during its famous carnival!