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France has a lot more to offer than just the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera, and Mont-Saint-Michel. Many attractions in France are overshadowed by the cities making the ‘Top 10 list’ in 99% of the tourist guides. Are you planning to visit France soon? Check out our articles about France to get some helpful France travel hacks and suggestions (from a local) before you visit.

Basic Information About France

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France is home to 66 million people. Around to the stats 93% of the total population consists of ethnic French but  around 40% of newborns in France have at least one Foreign/born grand-parents.

Official Language

The official language of France is French.

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France’s official currency is the Euro & CFP Franc (used in French overseas territories). One Euro is equal to roughly 119-120 CFP. 


With a territory of 640,679 square kilometers, France is 3rd largest country in Europe. The largest part of France territory and population is located in Mainland France also known as Metropolitan France. France shares it borders with Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg to the north, Switzerland and Italy to the east and Spain to the south.

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France’s climate is oceanic, continental, and Mediterranean with four different seasons. The winters (December- March) regularly have temperatures between 7-0°C while the summers are mildly hot with the average temperature ranging between 15 and 23°C.

Economy & Budget

France is a developed country with a mixed economy. The average monthly income is 2,300 EUR, making traveling in France relatively expensive. Backpackers can survive with around $70 per day, while mid-range travelers spend between $100 and $120 per day on average.

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Paris is the capital city of France, as well as the country’s largest city with total population of 2.2 million.

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