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Location of metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.
French overseas territories are:
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About France in detail
Where is France?
France, in case, if you are looking on the map under the Coordinates 48 52 N 2 20 E otherwise in Europe, in metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.
What is the capital city of France?
The capital city of France is Paris.
What is the time in Paris?
It is 6 hours ahead of Washington, D.C. during Standard Time, the timezone of Paris is: UTC+1.
What is the Internet code for France?
The Top Level Domain (TLD) for France is: .fr
What is the size of France?
The territory of France is total: 643,801 sq km; land: 640,427 sq km; 549,970 sq km, water: 3,374 sq km.
If we want to describe the size of the territory of France is slightly more than four times the size of Georgia, somewhat less than the size of Texas.
If we would like to walk around and discover France, we can do that by covering a distance of total: 2,751 km (metropolitan France).
What is the water coverage of France?
We have already mentioned on this website, that what percentage of France is covered by water (see below), and this includes total: 4,853 km metropolitan France: 3,427 km coastline.
What is the climate like in France?
The climate of metropolitan France: generally cold winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean: occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral.
French Guiana: tropical: hot, humid: little seasonal temperature variation.
Guadeloupe and Martinique: subtropical tempered by trade winds: moderately high humidity: rainy season (June to October): vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average.
Mayotte: tropical: marine: hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May): the dry season is more relaxed (May to November).
Reunion: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation: cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April).
Geographical data of France
The elevation of France; mean elevation: 375 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m, highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m.
The typical geographical details of France include metropolitan France: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; the remainder is mountainous, especially the Pyrenees in the south, the Alps in east.
French Guiana: low-lying coastal plains rising to hills and small mountains.
Guadeloupe: Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior elevations; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin.
Martinique: mountainous with indented coastline; dormant volcano.
Mayotte: generally undulating, with deep ravines and ancient volcanic peaks.
Reunion: mostly rugged and rocky; fertile lowlands along the coast.
If we would like to describe the countries location from a different point of view, it is safe to say, and easy to read from a map, France is the largest West European nation. Most major French rivers – the Meuse, Seine, Loire, Charente, Dordogne, and Garonne – flow northward or westward into the Atlantic Ocean, only the Rhone flows southward into the Mediterranean Sea.
Resources and land use of France
The country’s main mined products are metropolitan France: coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber, arable land, fish.
French Guiana: gold deposits, petroleum, kaolin, niobium, tantalum, clay. The population partly uses the earlier highlighted land territory and partly left in its natural state: agricultural land: 52.7%; arable land 33.4%; permanent crops 1.8%; permanent pasture 17.5%; forest: 29.2%; other: 18.1% (2011 estimate).
Population data of France
The number of inhabitants of France is 66,836,154 (July 2016 estimate).
If we examine the proportion of the population distribution, it is safe to say that much of the population concentrated in the north and southeast; although there are many urban agglomerations throughout the country, Paris is by far the largest city, with Lyon, ranked a distant second.
If we are looking at the proportion of the urbanized and barely populated areas, these are the figures: urban population: 79.5% of the total population (2015).
Most of the population in France oncentrated in PARIS (capital) 10.843 million; Lyon 1.609 million; Marseille-Aix-en-Provence 1.605 million; Lille 1.027 million; Nice-Cannes 967,000; Toulouse 938,000 (2015).
Ethnicity in France
According to ethnicity details, the ethnic groups in this country are the following: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities overseas departments: black, white, mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian.
Spoken languages in France
The spoken languages in France are the following: French (official language) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish) overseas departments: French, Creole patois, Mahorian (a Swahili dialect).
What are the most important religions in France?
During the general census, researchers examine the churches, according to this: Christian (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic) 63-66%, Muslim 7-9%, Buddhist 0.5-0.75%, Jewish 0.5-0.75%, other 0.5-1.0%, none 23-28%note: France maintains a tradition of secularism and has not officially collected data on religious affiliation since the 1872 national census, which complicates assessments of France’s religious composition; an 1872 law prohibiting state authorities from collecting data on individuals’ ethnicity or religious beliefs reaffirmed by a 1978 law emphasizing the prohibition of the collection or exploitation of personal data revealing an individual’s race, ethnicity, or political, philosophical, or religious opinions; a 1905 law codified France’s separation of church and state (2015 estimate).
Further population data of France
The proportion of gender and age tells a lot about the society as follows 0-14 years: 18.59% (male 6,354,241 / female 6,070,971) 15-24 years: 11.8% (male 4,035,407 / female 3,853,153) 25-54 years: 38.04% (male 12,799,923 / female 12,625,781) 55-64 years: 12.44% (male 4,011,853 / female 4,303,261) 65 years and over: 19.12% (male 5,510,337 / female 7,271,227) (2016 estimate). It also a significant factor in a society the population growth rate, which in the case of France is 0.41% (2016 estimate).
The population growth rate based on two elements, the birth and the death rate. In France the birth rate is 12.3 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate), the death rate 9.3 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).
In this day and age in developed societies, the first child borns later compared to the previous centuries and decades, so childbearing is extended. In France,, the average age of mothers at the first childbirth is .
In the best-case scenario, although the birth of the children postponed, the parents are still able to see their kids grow as life expectancy also extended. In the case of France, these figures are . With the introduction of modern medicine, vaccinations, and the proper hygienic conditions, the infant mortality rate is in a steep decline. The infant mortality statistics in France are the following: . Relevant data is the budget of healthcare, which is in the case of this country is 11.5% of GDP (2014).
Economic data of France
If we would like to describe a country, we also have to mention its economy; The French economy diversified across all sectors. The government has partially or fully privatized many large companies, including Air France, France Telecom, Renault, and Thales. However, the government maintains a strong presence in some sectors; France’s real GDP increased by 1.3% in 2016. The unemployment rate (including overseas territories) increased from 7.8% in 2008 to 10.1% in 2015 before falling in 2016. Youth unemployment in metropolitan France decreased from a high of 25.4% in the fourth lower-than-expected growth, and high spending has strained France’s public finances. The budget deficit rose sharply from 3.3% of GDP in 2008 to 7.5% of GDP in 2009 before improving to 3.2% of GDP in 2016, while France’s public debt rose from 68% of GDP t. Elected on a conventionally leftist platform, President Francois HOLLANDE surprised and angered many supporters with a January 2014 speech announcing a sharp change in his economic policy, recasting himself as a liberalizing reformer.
GDP is a prominent figure, as all the relevant calculations and statistics based on it. GDP in France is $2.488 trillion (2015 estimate).
Another important indicator is the rate of the GDP growth, which in France is 1.3% (2016 estimate) 1.3% (2015 estimate) 0.6% (2014 estimate).
These statistics are affecting the world economy; remember in 2015, when the Chinese real GDP growth rate was worse than expected; The world markets fall, and the Chinese stock exchange temporally suspended.
A further major factor of a country’s economy, the GDP per capita. In France this is $42,400 (2016 estimate) $42,000 (2015 estimate) $41,700 (2014 estimate).
In the case of the economy, the Trinity is in common places, such as agriculture, industry, and services.
What are the agricultural products France produces?
The main agricultural products of France are wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; fish.
Regarding the economy, the essential segments are machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics, textiles, food processing, tourism. The crucial and regularly mentioned GDP based on machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics, textiles, food processing, tourism.
Drinking water source in France
It is important to mention that – thanks to the development of the infrastructure -, the rate of potable water improved: urban: 100% of the population, rural: 100% of the population, total: 100% of the population. Unimproved: urban: 0% of the population, rural: 0% of the population, total: 0% of the population (2015 estimate).
the average number of childbirth in France
In France, the average number of birth is 2.07 children born / woman (2016 estimate).
Population, median age, migration, and citizenship in France
The average age of the community is total: 41.2 years; male: 39.5 years, female: 42.9 years (2016 estimate). The age of adulthood varies in every country of the world in France; it is 18 years of age, universal.
In this age, when we are experiencing an unprecedented scale of migration and globalization, it is an important factor in the number of new coming immigrants. In France is 1.1 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate). It is important to know, how to apply for citizenship: citizenship by birth: no. Citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of France. Dual citizenship recognized: yes, the residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years.
Is France a safe destination? Healthcare services and infectious diseases in France
Many of the travelers are looking into the healthcare services and infectious diseases of their targets. In France, the density of the hospital beds is 6.4 beds / 1,000 population (2011).
According to WHO rating regarding contagious diseases in France, the N/A.
However, HIV is not curable but maintainable. Let’s do not forget when the disease surfaced; it was a world threatening condition. Unfortunately, in some countries, it is still very high the number of infected patients and fatalities as a result of the disease.
In France, the number of HIV/AIDS deaths: N/A.
Regarding tourism obesity, not an important issue, but we have to mention among the health statistics, as it is the plague of the 20th and the 21st century. The rate of obese adults in France is 25.7% (2014).
What are the natural hazards in in France? Is there any?
The most known natural risks in France are metropolitan France: flooding; avalanches; midwinter windstorms; drought; forest fires in the south near the Mediterranean overseas departments: hurricanes (cyclones); flooding; volcanic activity (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion).
More interesting facts about France
A few words about the past, as every country and society it’s connected to its history; France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU, and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO’s integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE’s 1966 decision to withdraw French forces from NATO.
Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities – French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion – became French regions and were made part of France proper.
In every nation’s memory, some cornerstones placed the country on the timeline of history. The date of declaration of independence of France: no official date of independence: 486 (Frankish tribes unified under Merovingian kingship); 10 August 843 (Western Francia established from the division of the Carolingian Empire); 14 July 1789 (French monarchy overthrown); 22 September 1792 (the First French Republic founded); 4 October 1958 (the Fifth French Republic established).
The flag and other symbols of France
The colors, symbols, and animals on the flag usually have a historical background or related to an important milestone or memory of the nation.
This case is not an exception either, three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red; known as the “Le Drapeau Tricolore” (French Tricolor), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the “ancient French color” of white combined with the blue and red colors of the Parisian militia; the official flag for all French dependent areas. Note: the design and colors are similar to several other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
Apart from the flag, the symbol of national unity is the national anthem. The primary purpose of the anthem is to share the nation’s core values, endeavors, and patriotic feelings.
National symbols of France: Gallic rooster, fleur-de-lis, Marianne (female personification); national colors: blue, white, red.
Constitution of France
The existence of the nation based on the constitution. Some constitutions knew around the world, like the U.S. Constitution that accepted on 17th of September 1787, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of the United States of America.
It is not related to the declaration of independence that was stolen by Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure 🙂
What is the legal system of France?
Most of the time, the legal system of a country is in the focus of lawyers. It is a common fact that there are two main approaches in the world, “the law in books” and “the law in action.”
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the practice is the „law in action” while in the rest of the world where the law based on Roman law, the „law in books.”
The legal system of France is civil law, a review of administrative but not legislative acts.
It was Aristotle who founded the Theory of 3 separations of powers. In his view, these are the council of public affairs, the magistrates, and the justice system. In the age of enlightenment was the time when terminologies have defined, the way we still use them. In most democratic countries, the three authorities separated from each other. In dictatorships, the authorities usually interweaved in one hand.
About the legislative branch of France, we can highlight the following structures bicameral Parliament or Parlement consists of the Senate or Senat (348 seats – 328 for metropolitan France and overseas departments and regions of Guadeloupe, Martinque, French Guiana, Reunion, and Mayotte, 2 for New Caledonia, 2 for French Polynesia, 1 for Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, 1 for Saint-Barthelemy, 1 for Saint-Martin, 1 for Wallis and Futuna, and 12 for French nationals abroad; members indirectly elected by departmental electoral colleges using absolute majority vote in two rounds if needed for departments with 1-3 members and proportional representation vote in departments with 4 or more members; members serve 6-year terms with one-half of the membership renewed every 3 years) and the National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (577 seats – 556 for metropolitan France, 10 for overseas departments, and 11 for citizens abroad; members directly elected by absolute majority vote in two rounds if needed to serve 5-year terms)elections: Senate – last held on 28 September 2014 (next to be held in September 2017); National Assembly – last held on 10 and 17 June 2012 (next to be held in June 2017)election results: Senate – percent of vote by party – NA; seats by party – UMP 187, PS 152, other 9; National Assembly – percent of vote by party – PS 48.5%, UMP 33.6%, miscellaneous left wing parties 3.8%, Greens 3.0%, various right side parties 2.6%, NC 2.1%, PRG 2.1%, FDG 1.7%, other 2.6%; seats by party – PS 280, UMP 194, miscellaneous left wing parties 22, Greens 17, various right side parties 15, NC 12, PRG 12, FDG 10, other 15.
About the unemployment rate, labor force, and poverty line in France
One of the major problems of the 21st-century economy is unemployment. Governments are struggling to maintain a low level of the unemployment rate. Still, as a result of automation, the cheap 3rd world labor, and the outsourcing of workflow, these attempts are failing. In France, the labor force is 30.48 million (2016 estimate). Please bear in mind that the population in France is total: 3.3 deaths / 1,000 live births; male: 3.6 deaths / 1,000 live births, female: 2.9 deaths / 1,000 live births (2016 estimate) – as we already mentioned above.
The rate of unemployment in France is 9.7% (2016 estimate).
Widely known that the gap between the rich and poor is widening on an enormous scale.
According to the 2017 shocking Oxfam report, the richest eight people’s fortune is equal to the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population.
In France, the income of the households and consumption compared to the entire population: lowest 10%: 3.6% highest 10%: 25.4% (2013).
Another widely used indicator is the so-called GINI index, which measures the inequalities of statistical dispersion, but mainly used for measuring the sharing of income and fortune.
The GINI index named after its founder Corrado Gini, an Italian economist. Gini index has grades between 0-1, but often it is used on a percentage basis. It is 0 if the examined criteria territorial distribution is equal. It would be one of the criteria concentrated on the territory. In France,, the GINI index is .30,1 (2013).
The states usually set up a poverty line, which is more or less, is a subjective measure. It varies by country; its base is often the minimum pension, the incomes of the most deficient 20 percent, the X percent of income per capita Etc.
In France, the people living under the poverty line are the lowest 10%: 3.6% highest 10%: 25.4% (2013).
About the budget and central governments debt of France
The available budget mainly defines the state’s economy. The budget of France is; revenues: $1.288 trillion expenditures: $1.369 trillion (2016 estimate). Taxes and other revenues are 51.8% of GDP (2016 estimate).
The budget deficit (Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)) is .
The fiscal year in France is the calendar year.
In country’s economy, we have to consider the public debt. Public debt is the consolidated sum of the state’s local, federal, and central government debt.
Inflation rate and prime lending rate in France
A few further interesting and relevant economic data are the following; Inflation rate: 0.3% (2016 estimate), 0.1% (2015 estimate),, and the rate of the Commercial bank prime lending rate: 2% (31 December 2016 estimate).
Export/import partners and data of France
France, with the export of products, industrial tools, and other services, generates revenue. The export value in France is: $505.4 billion (2016 estimate), $510.5 billion (2015 estimate). The total revenue of these activities: machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, beverages.
The most important imported products are: machinery and equipment, vehicles, crude oil, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, and the countries from where the import is coming: Germany 19.5%, Belgium 10.7%, Italy 7.7%, Netherlands 7.5%, Spain 6.8%, US 5.5%, China 5.4%, UK 4.3% (2015).
Renewable energies used in France
As an attempt to suppress the pollution of the environment, renewable energies have to replace the fossil energy. The more the proportion of renewable energies in a country means more effort against the pollution. France, the indicator of how much of the country’s produced energy coming from the hydroelectric source, is 14.2% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
To indicate how much another renewable energy produced is 11.2% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
Telecommunication data of France, calling code
To maintain the economy, the development of a reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is crucial. We can say the following about France; highly developed domestic: extensive cable and microwave radio relay; extensive use of fiber-optic cable; local satellite system international: country code – 33; numerous submarine cables provide links throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the US; satellite earth stations – more than 3 (2 Intelsat (with total of 5 antennas – 2 for Indian Ocean and 3 for Atlantic Ocean), NA Eutelsat, overseas departments: country codes: French Guiana – 594; Guadeloupe – 590; Martinique – 596; Mayotte – 262; Reunion – 262 (2015).
Transport infrastructure in France
In the 21st century, we often say that the world has become small and there are no distances anymore. With extensive air travel when (sometimes) there are no visa restrictions, it is easy to reach other countries, but in case the distance is not too long, we can also use railway or water transportation.
The number of airports in France: 464 (2013), and the number of heliports: 1 (2013).
The total length of the roadways in France: total: 1,028,446 km (metropolitan France) paved: 1,028,446 km (includes 11,416 km of expressways). Note: not included are 5,100 km of roadways in overseas departments (2010).
The total length of the waterways in France: metropolitan France: 8,501 km (1,621 km navigable by craft up to 3,000 metric tons) (2010).
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Facts & data about France
Name of the country: conventional long form: French Republic, conventional short form: France, local long form: Republique Francaise, local short form: France, etymology: name derives from the Latin “Francia” meaning “Land of the Franks”; the Franks were a group of Germanic tribes located along the middle and lower Rhine River in the 3rd century A.D. who merged with Gallic-Roman populations in succeeding centuries and to whom they passed on their name.
|Abbrevation: France||Geographic coordinates:|
46 00 N, 2 00 E
|Country location: Europe|
|Capital of France: Paris||GPS of the Capital:|
48 52 N 2 20 E
|Position: metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.|
|Land area: total: 643,801 sq km; land: 640,427 sq km; 549,970 sq km, water: 3,374 sq km||Terrain: metropolitan France: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east.||Area comparative: slightly more than four times the size of Georgia; slightly less than the size of Texas.|
|Population: 66,836,154 (July 2016 estimate)||Population grow rate: 0.41% (2016 estimate)||Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s) / female, 0-14 years: 1.05 male(s) / female, 15-24 years: 1.05 male(s) / female, 25-54 years: 1.01 male(s) / female, 55-64 years: 0.93 male(s) / female, 65 years and over: 0.75 male(s) / female, total population: 0.96 male(s) / female (2016 estimate)|
|Exports: $505.4 billion (2016 estimate), $510.5 billion (2015 estimate)||Imports: $525.4 billion (2016 estimate), $537.5 billion (2015 estimate)||Import partners: Germany 19.5%, Belgium 10.7%, Italy 7.7%, Netherlands 7.5%, Spain 6.8%, US 5.5%, China 5.4%, UK 4.3% (2015)|
|Urbanization: urban population: 79.5% of the total population (2015)||Major urban area(s): PARIS (capital) 10.843 million; Lyon 1.609 million; Marseille-Aix-en-Provence 1.605 million; Lille 1.027 million; Nice-Cannes 967,000; Toulouse 938,000 (2015)||Median age: total: 41.2 years; male: 39.5 years, female: 42.9 years (2016 estimate)|
|Internet users: total: 56.367 million. Percent of the population: 84.7% (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (fixed lines): total subscriptions: 38.929 million. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 58 (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (mobile, cellular): total: 66.681 million. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 100 (July 2015 estimate)|
|Unemployment rate: 9.7% (2016 estimate)||Nationality: Frenchman (men), Frenchwoman (women) adjective: French||National holidays: Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790) ablishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)|
|Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.8 years. Male: 78.7 years, female: 85.1 years (2016 estimate)||Total fertility rate: 2.07 children born / woman (2016 estimate)||Birthrate: 12.3 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate)|
|Literacy: N/A||Legal system: civil law; review of administrative but not legislative acts||Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal|
|Industries: machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics; textiles, food processing; tourism||Industrial production growth rate: 1% (2016 estimate)||GDP real growth rate: 1.3% (2016 estimate) 1.3% (2015 estimate) 0.6% (2014 estimate)|
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