France's flagLocation: Western Europe
Official name: French Republic
Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 987 / 1919
Capital city: Paris
Population: 62.6 million / 295 people per sq mile (114 people per sq km)
Total land area: 211,208 square miles (547,030 square km)
Language(s) spoken: French (official language), Provençal, German, Breton, Catalan, Basque
Main religions: Roman Catholic 88%, Muslim 8%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Buddhist 1%
Ethnic mix: French 90%, North African (mainly Algerian) 6%, German (Alsace) 2%, Other 2%
Government type: Mixed presidential-parliamentary system
Currency: Euro = 100 cents
Literacy rate: 99%
Calorie consumption (daily per person): 3553 kilocalories

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