France - World Fact - Hostel in Europe


France France is a country that contains everything a tourist could want. This big country lying between Spain and Germany,has beaches, countrysides, mountains for skiing or climbing, as well as cities such as the capital Paris, known as the benchmark for beauty, culture and class. One of the things France is most known for is its food and wine, that you get to try while you are there. Hostel in Europe Network

Area: 543.965 Km2
Population: 59.344.000 (2002 est.)
Density: 109 pop/Km2

System of government: Republic
Capital: Paris (2.150.000 pop., 11.175.000 urban aggl.)
Major cities: Marseille 807.000 pop. (1.515.000 urban aggl.), Lyon 453.000 pop. (1.650.000 urban aggl.), Toulouse 398.000 pop. (965.000 urban aggl.), Nice 346.000 pop. (935.000 urban aggl.), Nantes 278.000 pop. (710.000 urban aggl.), Strasbourg 267.000 pop. (610.000 urban aggl.), Montpellier 229.000 pop. (460.000 urban aggl.), Bordeaux 219.000 pop. (925.000 urban aggl.), Lille 191.000 pop. (1.145.000 urban aggl.)
Ethnic majority: French 92%, others (Slavic, North African, Indochinese) 8%
Border countries: Spain, Andorra and Monaco SOUTH; Italy, Switzerland and Germany EAST, Luxembourg and Belgium NORTH

Principal mountains: Mont Blanc 4810 m
Principal rivers: Loire 1020 Km, Seine 776 Km, Garonne 650 Km, Rhone 548 Km (french tract, total 812 Km)
Principal lakes: Lake Geneve 234 Km2 (french part, total 581 Km2), Etang de Berre 155 Km2
Principal islands: Corsica 8680 Km2, Ile d'Oléron 174 Km2
Climate: Continental - oceanic

Language: French (official), Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish
Religion: Catholic 90%, Protestant 2%, Muslim 1%, Jewish 1%
Currency: Euro (€)

Overseas department: Guadeloupe (1.706 Km2, 431.000 pop.), Martinique (1.100 Km2, 418.000 pop.), French Guiana (91.000 Km2, 177.500 pop.), Reunion (2.512 Km2, 733.000 pop.)
Overseas territories: New Caledonia and Dependencies (19.060 Km2, 205.000 pop.), French Polynesia (4.167 Km2, 253.500 pop.), Wallis and Futuna (274 Km2, 15.400 pop.), French Southern and Antarctic Lands (Ile Amsterdam, Ile Saint-Paul, Iles Crozet and Iles Kerguelen) (7.781 Km2, 0 pop.), Adelie Land (Antarctic, 500.000 Km2)
Territorial Collectivities: St. Pierre and Miquelon (242 Km2, 6.900 pop.), New Caledonia and Dependencies (19.060 Km2, 205.000 pop.), Mayotte (376 Km2, 163.500 pop.)

Fixed public holidays: 1/1, 1/5, 8/5, 14/7, 15/8, 1/11, 11/11, 25/12, 26/12 (only Alsazia and Lorena)
Dialling code: 0033
GMT: +1

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