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Country name:
- conventional long form: French Republic
- conventional short form: France
- local long form: Republique Francaise
- local short form: France

Location: France is located in western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.

Geographic coordinates: 46º 00 N', 2º 00' E

Total area: 547.030 km²
- land: 545.630 km²
- water: 1.400 km²

Land boundaries:
- total: 2.889 km
- border countries: Andorra 56.6 km, Belgium 620 km, Germany 451 km, Italy 488 km, Luxembourg 73 km, Monaco 4.4 km, Spain 623 km, Switzerland 573 km

Coastline: 3.427 km
Elevation extremes:
- lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m
- highest point: Mont Blanc 4.807 m

Population of France: 60.656.178 (July 2005 est.)

Capital of France is Paris

Administrative divisions: France is divided in 22 regions (regions, singular - region); note: metropolitan France is divided into 22 regions (including the "territorial collectivity" of Corse or Corsica) and is subdivided into 96 departments;

National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July

Currency (code): euro (EUR)

Internet country code: .fr


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