Famous for its delicious food and wine, medieval cities, alpine villages and mediterranean beaches, here’s 30 interesting facts about France
France is a highly popular, historical and in some parts, untouched country in Western Europe.
It is bordered by Belgium and Luxembourg in the northeast, Germany, Switzerland and Italy to the east and Monaco, Andorra and Spain to the south. It also has a coastline along the English Channel to the northwest, the North Sea in the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Bay of Biscay to the west.
The coordinates for France are 47.0000° N, 2.0000°
To call your friends and family in France, you’ll need to dial the international dialling code +33.
The terrain here is mostly flat with hills in the north and west. There are also the Pyrenees Mountains in the south and the Alps in the east.
Flag of France
Mont Blanc in the French Alps is the highest mountain in Western Europe, standing at a dizzying 15,771 feet!
The total land area of France is 248,573 square miles (643,801 square kilometres).
Making it the largest country in Europe.
France’s population was 67,081,000 in 2020.
The chic and romantic capital city, Paris, covers an area of 40.7 square miles (105.4 square kilometres) and has a population of 2.141 million (2019).
On average, the French each consume around 500 snails per year!
Still hungry? They also eat a staggering 160 million frogs legs a year!
Often seen as the cheese capital of the world, there are more than 1,000 different cheeses produced in France!
Despite all this cheese, France has some of the lowest obesity levels in the EU!
French wine is held in high esteem all over the world, and sells for high prices. However the most expensive wine is Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992, from the Napa Valley in California, USA. A single bottle costs a mind bending $500,000!
Of course, France is home to many Michelin Star Restaurants. An incredible 27 three star restaurants in fact!
Château de Chambord, Chambord, France
The official language of France is of course, French! Oui, oui!
Euro is the official currency here. Make sure you stock up to buy all those yummy pastries!
Paris is home to the Eiffel Tower – the most famous iron structure in all of France!
Tour de France peloton
Interestingly, the oldest bridge in Paris is actually called ‘Pont Neuf’ which translates to ‘New Bridge’!
First held in 1903, The Tour de France is the world’s most famous annual cycling race, with riders competing over 21 gruelling 100+ mile stages.
All radio stations in France must include at least 40% French music in their playlists. And this is enforceable by law!
We’re all familiar with French car makers, Renault, Citroen and Peugeot, but did you know that Bugatti (before being bought by VW) originated in France?
France grows wheat, sugar beets, cereals and potatoes, rears cattle, catches fish and produces cheese.
Its industry consists of chemicals, machinery, metallurgy, automobiles, aircraft, textiles and electronics.
France also exports automobiles, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, machinery and transport equipment.
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