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France

France
  • Capital

    Capital

    Paris

  • Local time

    Local time

    17:18

  • Population

    Population

    67.26 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +33

  • Currency

    Currency

    € EUR (euro)

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France

France
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  • Capital

    Capital

    Paris

  • Local time

    Local time

    17:18

  • Population

    Population

    67.26 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +33

  • Currency

    Currency

    € EUR (euro)

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    $ 3 374

  • Petrol price

    Petrol price

    € 1.79 pl

  • Precipitation

    Precipitation

    867mm /year

Geography & travel

  • Country Area

    Country Area

    640 679 km2

  • Protected Area

    Protected Area

    25%

  • Forest Area

    Forest Area

    31%

  • Agricultural area

    Agricultural area

    52%

  • Railways

    Railways

    30013km

  • Annual air passengers

    Annual air passengers

    65.36 m

Population

  • Ethnicity

    Ethnicity

    Celtic and Latin
    Slavic
    North African

  • Religion

    Religion

    Roman Catholic - 85 %
    Protestant - 2 %
    Islam - 8 %

  • Languages

    Languages

    French - 100 %
    Breton
    Alsatian

  • Armed Forces

    Armed Forces

    306 350

  • Murders

    Murders

    2 per 100k

  • Alcohol consumption

    Alcohol consumption

    11.6 l/person

  • Smoking

    Smoking

    29.8%

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes

    5.3%

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    8 per 100k

  • HIV

    HIV

    0.4%

Economy

  • Industries

    Industries

    machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics, textiles, food processing, tourism

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes, beef, dairy products, fish

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar

  • Energy Import

    Energy Import

    43%

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    13%

  • CO2 Emissions

    CO2 Emissions

    303 276kt

  • Ease of Business

    Ease of Business

    31 (Best=1, Worst=200)

  • ATMs per 100k people

    ATMs per 100k people

    107

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What not to do when visiting France

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Don't complain about how long it takes for your order in Cafes. For French, the social aspect of lingering over a coffee is the relaxing experience and part of the pleasure. If you are in push, order a cafe at the bar.

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Don't take a bite from the whole piece of bread - tear your bread into a bite-sized piece before eating it. After each course, you should wipe your plate with a piece of bread.

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Don't try to impress others with your wealth - it's seen as bad taste and not accepted as social status.

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Did you know

Did you know?

A woman actually married the Eiffel Tower.

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Don't sit with legs spread apart - it's impolite in France.

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Don’t ignore the possible security incidents - the French government has launched a free smartphone app to alert users about potential risks. It‘s called SAlP (Systeme d'alerte et d’information des populations), and it’s available in English and French - search ”SAlP” in your app market.

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Don't eat with your hands.

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Don't communicate across hierarchy lines. France is very hierarchical society, talk to the boss, do not waste tie talking to someone who is not responsible.

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Don't expect ice when order a drink as the cafe won't have it. Parisians don't add ice to their drinks.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Italy and France produce over 40% of all wine.

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Don't loosen your tie or take off your jacket in the office.

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Don't forget to say "Bonjour Madame" and "au revoir", the French view their shops as an extension of their homes, so remember to say hello and goodbye.

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Don't make a fist with one hand and slapping the top of it with the other hand - it's rude gesture in France.

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Don't eat too much of the first course and avoid leaving food on your plate.

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Don't start eating until the hostess says "Bon appetite".

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Did you know?

The first parachute jump from a plane was in 1918 over France.

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Don't forget to place your napkin in your lap immediately after being seated (if available) and keep your hands on the table. It's polite to make eye contact as you say, "sante", which means health.

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Don't break the eye contact when conversing or proposing a toast in France - if you look away before you've clinked glasses with everyone, you're doomed to seven years of bad sex.

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Don't start a talk with a Frenchman in English. The French take pride in their language and best way to show respect is to do your best to speak French, even it's just a badly pronounced word.

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Don't address anyone using "tu" if you should have used "vous". Tu is informal, while vous is formal and shows the respect.

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Don't present red carnations to your friends - this flower is believed to symbolize bad will in France.

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Did you know?

France consumes the most cheese per person.

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Don't order only one dish at a restaurant and don't drink soft drinks or coffee with a good meal, never ask fora doggy bag.

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Don't cut your salad with a knife and fork in France - it's seen as bad etiquette.

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Don't shake hands if you should exchange "la bise", the kiss on the cheek. After the first kiss on the cheek, the manoeuvre is repeated at least once on the opposite cheeks.

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Don't be late for business or personal meetings. Punctuality is important, always inform the person who is waiting on you about your delay.

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Don't try to get things done between noon and 2 pm, don't call anyone at 11:55 am either - the French will not accept your trying to push work into their lunch break, which is sacred.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Women were not allowed to vote in France until 1944.

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Don't give flowers in even numbers, but not in 13 which is considered unluckily.

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Don't be an easy target for pickpockets and petty crimes.

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Don't put your hands on your lap - polite way is to sit with both hands visible on the table.

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Social Events

Don't bring wine to a dinner party - it can be taken as insult implying your host doesn't know proper wine to serve.

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Don't touch the produce at Le Marché - just point to your selection and let the vendor pick it up for you.

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Did you know

Did you know?

The word denim comes from 'de Nimes' or from Nimes which is a town in France.

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Don't expect waiter to bring you the bill - there's no pressure to turn tables and French like to hang out in cafes longer.

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30/40
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Don't ask for a doggie bag for taking food leftovers.

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31/40
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Don't bring chrysanthemums to a dinner party - they are associated with funerals and death.

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Don't block the bike lanes and don't step into it.

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Don’t forget to handshake when greeting (men). Women usually greet with light kisses on both cheeks (”air kisses” where you just touch cheeks and kiss the air), a handshake is common on first meeting. Eye contact is important.

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Don't smack or slurp - it's not appreciated.

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Don't avoid eye contact business and personal conversations. It's a sign of courtesy.

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Don't rely on English language.

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Don't forget to dress well.

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Don't enter buses, trains or similar before everyone who wants to get out has done so.

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Don't forget to wear reflectors when riding a bike or walking at dark.

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Don't speak loudly in the Metro.

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