Where is France?

Located in Western Europe, France has a 2,751.00 km border with Andorra (55 km), Belgium (556 km), Germany (418 km), Italy (476 km), Luxembourg (69 km), Monaco (6 km), Spain (646 km) and Switzerland (525 km).In addition French Guiana has 1205 km border along Brazil and Suriname.France is involved in territorial disputes over various islands involving Madagascar, Suriname, Vanuatu, and Comoros.

France is a European country covering 643,801.00 km2 of which 0.52% is water and 640,427.00 km2 is land. The area also include the overseas regions of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion. This makes it the 44th largest country in the world and slightly more than four times the size of Georgia slightly less than the size of Texas. Its geographic coordinates are 46 00 N, 2 00 E and Paris is the capital city.

The name is said to derive from the Latin "Francia".

Its ISO code is FR.


France has a mean elevation of 375 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Rhone River delta which is -2m below sea level. Its highest elevation is Mont Blanc which is 4,807m above tall.

Its climate varies from generally cool and mild in most regions of the country, with warmer summers and milder winters in the southern Meditterean region. Its terrain is mostly flat, with gently rolling hills in the north and west and mountains in the south and east.


France has a population of 66,836,154 making it the 21st largest in the world. Much of the country's population resides in the southeast and the north.

French is the official language. The major ethnic groups reported are Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese and Basque minorities. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic, with a Muslim minority.

The dialing code for the country is 33.


France is an independent country. The French Republic was founded in 1792. Its constitution was last ratified in 1958.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, France's GDP is $2,700,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $42,400.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 10th largest economy and its citizens the 38th richest in the world. The currency of France is the Euro (EUR).

Its major export partners are Germany, Spain, and the United States. Its main exports are machinery and transportation equipment, as well as aircraft. Its major import partners are Germany, China, and Italy. Its major imports include machinery and equipment, vehicles, crude oil, and aircraft.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017