Travel Information for France
Time zone:GMT +1 (Central European time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Main languages:French
Other languages:Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish
Currency: euros (EUR)

$1 = 0.89, £1 = 1.19

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.frInternational Dialling Code:    33

For help planning your trip to France including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our France trip planning page.

Further information on France

Discover more about France - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of france

Total area: 547,030 sq km (1,400 sq km under water)

Coastline: 3,427 km (Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Mediterranean Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Andorra (57km), Belgium (620km), Germany (451km), Italy (488km), Luxembourg (73km), Monaco (4km), Spain (623km), Switzerland (573km)

Highest mountain: Mont Blanc (4,807m) - Climb this mountain!

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for France from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFull democracy 23/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 73/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 37/179
ILGA LGBT rightsBroad rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 26/174
Overall Ranking:    20/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: French Republic     Status: Independent Country

Population: 66,259,012 (rank: 21/196)     Density: 121.1 people/sq km (rank: 70/196)

Ethnic groups: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities

Religions: Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

GDP (PPP): $2276 billion       GDP per capita: $35,700 (rank: 28/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.