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France's Information

Flag of France
Land Area 640,427 km2
Water Area 3,374 km2
Total Area 643,801km2 (#42)
Population 66,836,154 (#21)
Population Density 104.36/km2
Government Type Semi-presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $2,700.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $42,400
Currency Euro (EUR)
Largest Cities

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  • Name: France
    (long form) French Republic
  • Capital City: Paris (2,193,031 pop.)
    (11,836,970 metro)
  • France Population: 65,951,611 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Euro
    (conversion rates)

    euros
    20 Euros
  • Ethnicity: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, and Basque minorities
  • Holidays
  • GDP total: $2.253 trillion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $35,500 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish) overseas departments: French, Creole patois
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Paris, Marseille, Lyon. Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg
  • Name: The name France is from the Latin word 'Francia' meaning country of the Franks, a Germanic people who conquered the area during the 5th century.
  • National Day: July 14

    Note: "Fete de la Federation" is celebrated with a mixture of solemn military parades, dancing in the streets and fireworks. The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 has been commemorated in France for more than a century.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 88%, Muslim 5%, Protestant 2%, unaffiliated 2%, Jewish 1%,
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

France Trivia

What are the Biggest Industries in France?

One of the major industries in France is the energy sector. Manufacturing is also among the largest industries in France, accounting for billions of dollars in the country's GDP.

The Biggest Industries in France

What Do the Colors of the French Flag Mean?

Red, white and blue have come to represent liberty, equality and fraternity - the ideals of the French Revolution. Blue and red are also the time-honored colors of Paris, while white is the color of the Royal House of Bourbon.

How Did the French Flag Come to Be?

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France metropolitan regions & their capitals

Region Capital Quick Reference
Alsace Strasbourg Alsace
Aquitaine Bordeaux Aquitaine
Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne
Brittany Rennes Brittany
Burgundy Dijon Burgundy
Centre-Val de Loire Orleans Centre-Val de Loire
Champagne-Ardenne Chalons-en-Champagne Champagne-Ardenne
Corsica Ajaccio Corsica
Franche-Comte Besancon Franche-Comte
Ile-de-France Paris Ile-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon
Limousin Limoges Limousin
Lorraine Metz Lorraine
Lower Normandy Caen Lower Normandy
Midi-Pyrenees Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Lille Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Pays-de-la-Loire Nantes Pays-de-la-Loire
Picardy Amiens Picardy
Poitou-Charentes Poitiers Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur Marseille Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur
Rhone-Alpes Lyon Rhone-Alpes
Upper Normandy Rouen Upper Normandy

Countries of Europe