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Mulhouse is a French city located in the Haut-Rhin department, in the southern part of the Alsace region. Its population is around 280,000 people, accounting for 40% of the entire Haut-Rhin population. It is a very cosmopolitan city, with around 135 nationalities and also has the highest proportion of young people of any French city. Mulhouse is less than an hour from Germany and Switzerland, both of which have had a strong influence on its culture.
Legend has it that Mulhouse was built around a water mill. For a long time, it was a city-State, becoming the Republic of Mulhouse in 1347. Joining the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in 1746, it became part of France again in 1798. Mulhouse quickly became one of Europe's major industrial hubs, often referred to as the “French Manchester”. In the beginning of the 20th century, coal mining became a major part of the economy, most notably in the northern part of the city. In this same industrial spirit, Mulhouse’s university became the first to offer a course dedicated to apprenticeship, which, to this day, is still one of the greatest in France. The city is today the “Capital of technical museums”.