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Capital : Paris
Language :  French
Currency :  Euro
Population : 66 821 000
Area : 640 679 km2

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France facts

1. The name “France” comes from the Germanic tribe of the Franks.
2. The population density is 98 people / km2.
3. The country is 1.8 times larger than Poland.
4. The main religion is Catholicism, 68%.
5. The longest river is the Loara, 1020 km.
6. Full name of the country – French Republic.
7. Political system – democracy.
9. The highest peak is Mont Blanc 4808 m above sea level.
10. Motto of the country – “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood”.

11. In France, 400 kinds of cheese are produced.

12. Victor Hugo Street is in every city.

13. 34% of the French speak English.

14. In France there is the highest peak in Europe – Mount Blanc.

15. In 1386, pigs were hanged for killing a child.

16. French men have the lowest levels of obesity in the European Union.

17. France has the largest number of ski resorts.

18. France is the most-visited country in the world – 75 million tourists a year.

19. In this country there are the world’s most Nobel laureates in the field of literature.

20. The first department store was founded by Aristide Boucicaut in 1838.

21. In 1789, the first universal Declaration of Human Rights was created in France.

22. In France, a balloon, a parachute and a submarine were invented.

23. The white wedding dress is a French tradition from 1499.

24. The Eiffel Tower, shortly after the construction, was to be dismantled and sold for scrap.

Author: Turyst

25. The Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years.

26. Guillotine, used for the last time in 1977, has ended the lives of over 15,000 people.

27. French is considered the most romantic language in the world.

Author: Turyst

28. French is the official language of the UN, the International Red Cross, the European Economic Community, NATO and the International Olympic Committee.

Author: Turyst

29. The wine is served to most dishes.

30. The French gave the United States, the Statue of Liberty on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of their independence.

Author: MR

31. From France the “April Fools” custom is celebrated around the world on April 1.

32. The letter “W” in French appears only in foreign words.

33. French cuisine is considered one of the best in the world.

Author: MR

34. France is famous for its numerous castles, palaces and mansions. There are over 40,000 of them.

35. In this country there are vending machines where you can buy fresh bread and a bottle of wine.

36. In Paris, vending machines are popular in which you can buy books.

Author: MR

37. The country belongs to the group of founders of the European Union.

38. It is the largest country in the European Union.

39. In this country there are over 12,000 km of highways and expressways.

40. The navigable system is 8,500 km long and is the second largest in Europe.

41. In large cities there is a well-developed tram network.

Author: Pati

42. France is the cradle of artistic music.

43. A visit to a specialist doctor costs more than 50 euros, and a day of treatment in a hospital from 500 to even 1500 euros.

44. From November 1, 2012, every French driver must have a breathalyzer in the car.

45. During World War I and II, France lost a lot of people, a large part of the national wealth and many overseas territories, which lost the status of the empire.

Author: Moniś

46. High-speed TGV trains reach speeds of 300 km / h between bigger cities.

47. On average, men decide to get married at the age of 29, and women at the age of 27.

48. Over 30% of marriages end in divorce.

49. The white color of the flag is the color of the monarchy, the red of the republic and blue is associated with Karol the Great, and other great rulers of France.

50. In this country there is religious freedom for Muslims.

Author: Irena

51. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 6 place,
      – 2018 year – 5 place.

52. There are over 205,000 professional soldiers and 183,600 reservists (2018).

53. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 420 tanks, 7200 armored vehicles, 1200 jet aircraft and 560 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 406 tanks, 6330 armored vehicles, 1260 jet aircraft and 570 helicopters.

54. Expenses for the army:
      – 2014 year – $43,000,000,000 ,
      – 2018 year – $40,000,000,000 .

55. Maritime fleet …
      – in 2014 , the year was around 120 ships, in 2018 of the year it’s about 115 ships.

56. France has the third nuclear arsenal after Russia and the US. It has about 300 nuclear warheads.

Author: Wojak

57. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

Author: alfa

58. For good health began to speak for the first time in France after sneezing at a time when plague was raging in Europe.

Author: alfa

59. In this country, posthumous weddings are legal.

Author: Llik

60. The Millau Viaduct over the Tarn River has a pillar up to 341 meters high.

Author: Madam

61. During the First World War, the French built a replica of Paris to mislead the Germans and avoid bombing.

Author: Madam

62. The French have the highest percentage of people suffering from depression from developed countries.

63. France after the “Hundred Years War” never signed a truce with England.

Author: Aneta

64. In France there are the most roundabouts in the world.

Author: Aneta

65. In Burgundy, a castle has been created since 1996, for which only tools known in the Middle Ages are used. Completed to be in 2022.

Author: Martynka91

66. In French primary school children can not eat dishes seasoned with ketchup.

67. In French schools there is a 20-point scale of assessment.

Author: Monika90

68. The French eat over 4,000 tons of frogs annually.

69. Near the Eiffel Tower is 4 times smaller than the original Statue of Liberty, which is 11.5 m high.

70. France is the only self-sufficient agricultural country in Europe.

Author: Milena85

71. The most popular French “language break” is: “Ces saucissons-ci sont six sous”, which means: sausage is cheap as borscht.

Author: Poplątany Język

72. In France there are over 11,000 km of highways.

Author: Speed

73. French law prohibits naming a pig – Napoleon.

74. According to French law, it is illegal to publish pictures of the Eiffel Tower taken at night.

Author: Aston

75. On April 16, 1850, in Angers, French soldiers, crossing the bridge, with their regular steps led to its collapse. 226 people were killed.

76. 20% of France’s territory is outside Europe, in 12 different time zones.

Author: Unika

77. French Jeanne Calment has been officially recognized as the longest-living man in the world. She lived 122 years and 164 days.

Author: Grzegorz

78. The minimum wage is EUR 1 457.52 per month and EUR 9.61 per hour (data from 2015).

79. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is € 2,995.

80. The amount of income tax in France is 33.33%.

81. Men and women can retire at the age of 65.

82. The average amount of the pension is EUR 1,200.

83. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 9.1% .

Author: Daria

84. 47 Frenchmen gathered more than a billion US dollars.

85. The richest of them is Liliane Bettencourt with assets worth over $40.1 billion.

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

86. In France, an average person consumes about 12.2 liters of pure alcohol per year.

87. The national alcohol is Brandies, Champagne and Pastis.

Author: AlkoWorld

88. The most wine is drunk – 56%, then spirit – 23%, beer – 19%, and other alcoholic beverages – 2%.

Author: AlkoWorld

89. In this country, compulsory education lasts 11 years.

90. The beginning of education begins at the age of 6.

Author: EduKacJa

91. The average IQ level is 98.

Author: EduKacJa

92. The national animal is a Gallic rooster.

Author: Kos

93. The change from daylight saving time to winter time (turning clockwise back one hour) is the last Sunday in October.

Author: Adrianna

94. Built-up area allowed speed depending on the area varies from 30 to 50 km / h.

95. Outside the built-up area, the speed limit on the regular road is 90 km / h, and on fast roads from 100 to 130 km / h.

96. During rain or snow, the maximum permitted speed is 10 km / h lower than indicated by signs,

97. In 2013, 3,268 people lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents.

98. 29% of fatal accidents caused people who were under the influence of alcohol.

99. The country has more than 42,792,000 motor vehicles registered (637 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

100. During the Le Mans 24 Hour car race in 1955, there was a tragic accident in which 83 spectators and the driver were killed.

Author: Fiorella

101. On December 12, 1917, on the Culoz – Modane route, there was a derailment of a train in which more than 1,000 French soldiers returned to their home from the Italian front. Over 800 people died.

Author: Fiorella

102. In this country there are over 1,028 446 km of paved roads including over 11,882 km of expressways (1.6% of all roads in the world).

103. In this country there are 464 airports, 294 with paved surface.

104. The largest airport in France is in Paris. Annually over 63 million people use it.

105. The fastest train in France is TGV, which can travel at speeds up to 320 km / h (maximum speed 574.8 km / h).

106. In this country there are over 29,640 km of railway tracks.

107. In Paris there is a metro line with a length of 214 km (303 stations). It was opened in 1900. Annually, about 1.5 billion people use it.

108. In six French cities there are metro lines Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Rennes and Toulouse).

Author: Marlène

109. In this country, over 55 429 000 (2015) 60 421 689 (2018) people have access to internet (around 94% of the population).

110. About 32,000,000 (2015) 33,000,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

111. The average internet connection speed is 8.2 Mb / s, and the maximum rate is 38.9 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

Author: NET

112. The national top-level domain is .fr . There are more than 2 559 340 websites with such an extension.

113. The most popular pages with the extension .fr are: google.fr, amazon.fr and leboncoin.fr.

Author: http

114. This country has 2018 over year $172,000,000,000 (736 160,000,000) foreign exchange reserves (1.16% of foreign exchange reserves of all countries of the world).

115. France has 2435500 kg of gold reserves (2018).

Author: Vinamra

116. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $2,935,360,000,000 ,
      – in 2018 the year is $2,582,000,000 .

117. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 95% GDP, or about: $2,788,592,000,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 97% GDP, or around: $2,504,540,000,000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $37,310.

Author: Komornik

118. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 of the year was around: $5 496 000 000 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $5 823 697 000 000 .

Author: Komornik

119. In this country the average adult person smokes 71 cigarettes a month.

Author: VViki

120. In this country homosexual marriages are legal from 18 May 2013.

Author: Tęczowy

121. In Paris there are over 685 buildings with a height exceeding 35 meters.

122. In Paris there are currently 19 “skyscrapers” (buildings with a height of over 150 meters).

123. The highest building in the country is the Eiffel Tower in Paris with a height of 324 meters. Established in 1889.

Author: BobBudowniczy

124. In this country there is 1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 671 280 people).

125. In France, according to statistics, an average of one person reads 59 minutes a day.

Author: Reebeka

126. The lowest temperature: -41 °C was measured in Mouthe.

127. The highest temperature: 44.1 °C was measured in Conqueyrac.

128. On the Guadelou Islands on November 26, 1970, it was measured that within a minute of “cloudbursting” 38mm of rain fell.

Author: weather

129. The most deadly disease in this country is lung cancer.

Author: medi

130. The average life expectancy in this country is 81.8 years (women – 84.9 years and men – 78.8 years).

Author: Wilga

131. 67 French citizens received the Nobel Prize.

Author: redsun

132. France is one of the 12 countries in the world that on April 4, 1949, after the North Atlantic Treaty was signed, formed a political and military organization called NATO.

Author: Weteran

133. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

134. In this country, women having their first child on average 28.1 years old.

135. 10 women give birth to 21 children on average

Author: Nadia

136. The average age of people living in this country is 41.1 years old.

137. The country is around:
12,038,000 people (18.66%) in the age range 0-14 years.
40 385 000 people (62.6%) in the age range 15-64 years.
12,089 800 people (18.74%) over 65 years old.

138. In this country, about 799,000 children (1.2% of the population) are born every year, and about 591 000 people die (0.9% of the population).

Author: Sara19

139. The lowest situated place in the country is the River Rhône – 2 m.p.p.

Author: Klemens

140. In Paris, only 46% of inhabitants are native French.

Author: Lisu

141. In 2015, as much as 29% of fatal accidents were caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol.

Author: Lutra

142. The President of France is a co-star of Andorra.

Author: Liliana

143. The record heatwave that struck Europe in 2003, from August 1 to August 20, killed 14,802 people in this country.

144. The percentage share in the global economy of France in 2015 is 3.81% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

Author: Setar

145. In French nuclear power plants, so much energy is produced that it must be sold abroad.

Author: Marta

146. During the Second World War, France defended more Poles than the French.

Author: sebson

147. Left-hand traffic was in force until 1789.

Author: AutoMania

148. In this country, a person of 13 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

149. In France there are 290900 km2 of agricultural land (45% of the country).

150. 312 people in 1000 possess firearms.

Author: Statyk

151. The highest situated town in the country is Saint-Véran.

152. In this country, women have the right to vote since 1944.

153. In this country, formalities related to the establishment of the company last 8 days.

Author: Statyk

154. The country joined the UN on October 24, 1945.

155. The work week is 35 hours.

156. 76% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

157. 156352 km2 of the country is covered by forests (24.4%)

158. The last death penalty was made in 1977.

Author: Statyk

159. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 45%, and for companies – 33% (2018).

160. The tax on goods and services is 20% (2018).

161. The level of inflation in 2018 is 2.3%.

Author: Fan%

What is the highest mountain in France?
The highest peak in France is Mont Blanc (4810 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in France?
The largest river in France is the Loire, 1020 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in France?
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What is the national dish?
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Which France has national colors?
National colors: blue, white and red.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
The national alcohol is Brandies, Champagne and Pastis.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
The national animal is a Gallic rooster.

answer: Marta

What is the national sport?
National sport is boules, football and rugby.

answer: Marta

Which countries borders France?
France borders on such countries as 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.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age of people living in this country is 41,1 years.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
The minimum wage is EUR 1 457.52 per month and EUR 9.61 per hour (data from 2015).

answer: Marta

What is the population density in France?
The population density is 101 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
Motto of the country – “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 44.1 ° C was measured in Conqueyrac.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -41 ° C was measured in Mouthe.

answer: Marta

answer: Marta