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Capital: Paris

Population

Total Population: 66,028,467
Natural Increase: 0.5%
Density: 121 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 79.1%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Paris (11,769,000); Lyon (1,665,000); Marseille (1,605,000); Lille (1,143,000); Bordeaux (1,010,000); Nice (943,000); Toulouse (851,000); Nantes (804,000); Strasbourg (639,000); Montpellier (252,000); Rennes (206,000).
Ethnic Origins: A mix of Celtic and Latin peoples with North African, African and Asian minorities.
Official Language: French
Other Languages Spoken: The regional languages (Breton, Corsican, Catalan, etc.) are only spoken locally and by a minority of French people.
Business Language(s): While French is the official language in France, many business people speak English. According to the type of company contacted, its geographical location and sector of activity, it may be difficult to find someone who speaks English. Being able to communicate and negotiate in the French language provide a distinct advantage.
Religion: Catholics 62%, Protestants 1%, Jews 1%, Muslims 6%, No religion 26%.

Local Time:

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Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Euro (EUR)


Country Overview

Area: 549,091 km²
Type of State: Republic, parliamentary democracy combined with presidential power.
Type of Economy: High-income economy, OECD member, G8 member.
The world's leading tourist destination; one of the top ten export powers of the world; a relatively high unemployment rate
HDI*: 0.885/1
HDI (World Rank): 20/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telecommunication

Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From France, Dial 00
To Make a Call to France, Dial +33
Internet Suffix: .fr
Computers: 65.2 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 61.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 83.0 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

 
Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 560,081609,650720,029674,415680,673
Exports of Goods (million USD) 484,574523,460596,473568,920579,647
Imports of Services (million USD) 126,000167,223190,932173,988188,083
Exports of Services (million USD) 141,974195,308234,402215,507233,288

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

 
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