General information



Population and major cities
The current population of France is 64.731.691. It is equivalent to 0.88% of the total world population. France has a growth rate of 0,42%. The capital of France is Paris. There are four more major cities in France. Second to Paris is Lyon with over 2.2 million citizens. Third is Marseille with over 1.7 million citizens and fourth on the list is Nice with over 1 million citizens.

The official language
The official language in France is French. Not only is French the official language in France, it is estimated that more than 300 million people worldwide have French as their official language.

Religion and culture
The largest part of the population by far, professes Catholicism as its religion. The other smaller religion in France are Protestantism, and the smallest religious group is Islam. The culture of France has been shaped by historical events, geography and foreign and internal groups. It has played an important role as a center of high culture and is well known for its cuisine, festivals, art and literature.

France has a semi-presidential system of government in which it is jointly headed by a president and a prime minister. The current president of France is Francois Hollande. The current prime minister of France is Manuel Valls.

France’s economy is the fifth largest in the world. It represents around one fifth of the Euro area GDP. France is one of the global leaders in economy. Here are a few statistics about the economy in France.
GDP: 2,183 billion dollars (2016)
Unemployment rate: 10,4% (2016)
Labour force: over 30 million (2014)
Inflation rate: 0,1% (2014)
Currency and Exchange rate: Euro. 1 Euro = 1,12 USD (2016)

National holidays
New Year’s Day: 1st January
Easter Monday: 28th March
Labour Day / May Day: 1st May
Ascension Day: 5th May
WWII Victory Day: 8th May
Whit Monday: 16th May
Bastille Day: 14th July
Assumption of Mary: 15th August
All Saints’ Day: 1st November
Armistice Day: 11th November
Christmas Day: 25th December




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