France

Official nameFrench Republic
Name in local languageFrance ; République française (fr)
ContinentEurope
SubcontinentEuropean Union
Population (ranking: 21e)67,422,241 inhabitants (2021)
Population growth0.53 % / year
Area551,695 km²
Density118.27 inhabitants / km²
GDP (ranking: 7e)2,715.518 billions $USD (2019)
GDP/capita (ranking)40,494 $USD (2019)
GDP growth1.50 % / year (2019)
Life expectancy (ranking)82.10 years (2020)
Birth rate11.00 ‰ (2020)
Fertility rate1.83 children / woman (2020)
Death rate (ranking)9.80 ‰ (2020)
Infant mortality rate (ranking)3.60 ‰ (2020)
Literacy rate100.00 % (2021)
Official languagesFrench
CurrencyEuro (€ EUR)
HDI (ranking: 37e)0.901 / 1 (2019)
EPI (ranking)83.95 (2018)
GovernmentUnitary senatorial semi‑presidential republic
Head of StatePresident Emmanuel Macron
National Day14 July (French Revolution of 1789)
ISO CodesFR, FRA
DemonymFrench
Tourists (ranking)89,400,000 people (2019)
France – petite

France is a country in Western Europe sharing borders with Belgium and Luxembourg to the north, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco to the east, Spain and Andorra to the south. Through the Channel Tunnel, it also shares a border with the United Kingdom.
Its population is about 67,4 million people (2021), of which 65.25 million people live in the metropolitan France, the rest being distributed in overseas departments and regions.
For three decades, the western and southern regions of the country have seen their populations grow much faster than the industrial north and east, in relative decline, with the notable exception of Paris and its concentrated large urban area of approximately 13 million inhabitants (2018).

Paris, Tour Eiffel
Paris, Eiffel Tower. Photo: Wladyslaw
Île Vierge, Bretagne, France.
Île Vierge, Brittany, France. Source: Wildlife Archives
France - évolution de la population totale de 1982 à 2016
France: evolution of the total population from 1982 to 2016. Source: Insee
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Urban areas (2018)
Urban areasPopulation
Paris13,064,617 inhabitants
Lyon2,259,411 inhabitants
Marseille - Aix-en-Provence1,863,762 inhabitants
Lille (French part)1,503,719 inhabitants
Toulouse1,433,656 inhabitants
Bordeaux1,341,775 inhabitants
Nantes997,222 inhabitants
Strasbourg (French part)846,450 inhabitants
Montpellier787,705 inhabitants
Rennes747,156 inhabitants
Grenoble714,799 inhabitants
Rouen702,945 inhabitants
Nice609,695 inhabitants
Toulon567,353 inhabitants
Tours516,973 inhabitants
Nancy510,496 inhabitants
Clermont-Ferrand504,157 inhabitants
Saint-Étienne497,034 inhabitants
Caen469,526 inhabitants
Orléans449,299 inhabitants
Angers432,939 inhabitants
Annemasse (French part of Geneva)428,003 inhabitants
Perpignan411,617 inhabitants
Dijon410,568 inhabitants
Mulhouse409,981 inhabitants
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Administrative divisions
Regions and overseas territoriesPopulationArea
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes8,092,598 inhabitants69,711 km²
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté2,786,205 inhabitants47,784 km²
Brittany3,371,297 inhabitants27,208 km²
Centre-Val-de-Loire2,562,431 inhabitants39,151 km²
Corsica349,273 inhabitants8,680 km²
French Guiana294,071 inhabitants83,846 km²
French Polynesia275,918 inhabitants3,792 km²
Grand Est5,524,817 inhabitants57,433 km²
Guadeloupe375,857 inhabitants1,628 km²
Hauts-de-France5,977,462 inhabitants31,813 km²
Île-de-France12,326,429 inhabitants12,011 km²
Martinique355,094 inhabitants1,128 km²
Mayotte288,926 inhabitants375 km²
New Caledonia271,940 inhabitants18,576 km²
Normandy3,306,092 inhabitants29,906 km²
Nouvelle-Aquitaine6,039,767 inhabitants84,061 km²
Occitanie5,985,751 inhabitants72,724 km²
Pays de la Loire3,838,060 inhabitants32,082 km²
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur5,089,661 inhabitants31,400 km²
Réunion858,450 inhabitants2,512 km²
Saint Barthélemy9,793 inhabitants21 km²
Saint Martin35,746 inhabitants53 km²
Saint Pierre and Miquelon6,008 inhabitants242 km²
Wallis and Futuna14,231 inhabitants142 km²
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See also