France Nature & Economy


Location:
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
Population: 66,616,416 (2014 est.)
Land Area: 672,834 km2

Capital: Paris
Main cities: Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg, Bordeaux
Languages: French
GDP: $2.735 triillion (2013 est.)
Monetary unit: Euro
Exports: $483.1 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.)
Exports - commodities: machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, beverages
Exports - partners: Germany 15.6%, Spain 9.6%, Italy 8.9%, UK 8.2%, Belgium 7.2%, US 6.7%, Netherlands 4% (2006)
Imports: $520.8 billion f.o.b. (2006 est.)
Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, vehicles, crude oil, aircraft, plastics, chemicals
Imports - partners: Germany 19%, Belgium 11%, Italy 8.3%, Spain 7%, Netherlands 6.7%, UK 6.5%, US 4.6% (2006)
Land use:
arable land: 33.46%
permanent crops: 2.03%
other: 64.51%
Natural resources: coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber, fish




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