France – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name: Republic of  France

Nationality

        noun: Frenchman(men), Frenchwoman(women)

        adjective: French 

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Area
        total: 547,030 sq km         land: 545,630 sq km         water: 1,400 sq km         note: includes only metropolitan France; excludes the overseas administrative divisions

Population: 60,656,178 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups 
        Celtic and Latin with Teutonic

        Slavic        North African        Indochinese        Basque minorities 

Capital: Paris, population 11,174,743

Largest Cities
        Paris

        Lion        Marseille        Lille

Official Language

        French: 42,100,000 (92%)         Oc languages: 1,670,000 (3.65%)         German and German dialects: 1,440,000 (3.15%)         Oïl languages: 1,420,000 (3.10%)         Arabic: 1,170,000 (2.55%)  

Religion

        Roman Catholic 83%-88%        Protestant 2%        Muslim 5%-10%

Political system: republic

GDP: purchasing power parity – $1.737 trillion (2004 est.)

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $28,700 (2004 est.)

Annual growth: 2.1% (2004 est.)

GDP – composition by sector

        agriculture: 2.7%         industry: 24.3%         services: 73% (2004 est.)

Inflation: 2.3% (2004 est.) 

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