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Facts about France

Adult literacy? 99.0%.

Airports? 27.

Area? mainland 549,000 sq km.

Biggest company? Total (energy), 10th biggest in world.

Border? total 2868.5 km; with Spain 650 km, with Belgium 620 km, with Switzerland 572 km, with Italy 515 km, with Germany 450 km, with Andorra 57 km and with Monaco 4.5 km.

Coast line? 2962 km.

Constitution? 1st Republic 24 June 1793, 2nd Republic 4 November 1848, 3rd Republic 4 September 1870, 4th Republic 13 October 1946, and 5th Republic 4 October 1958.

Currency? , Euro.

Divorces per 1000 population? 2.1.

Farms? 10% of land area.

Favourite holiday country? France, 89.2% on holiday.

Fertility rate (per woman)? 1. 9 1.

Forests? 21A % of land area.

Healthcare spending? 9.7% of GDP.

Highest mountain? Mt. Blanc, 4807 m.

Highest waterfall? Gavarnie, 442 m.

Home ownership? 53%.

Households? 24.7 million.

Housing? 57% houses, 43% apartments.

Immigrant population? 22%; 7% born abroad, 9% 1st generation born in France, 6% 2nd generation born in France.

Largest urban population? Paris, 9.8 million.

Largest glacier? Mer de Glace, 40 sq km.

Largest lake? Berre, 156 sq km.

Life expectancy? men 75.9 years, women 82.9 years.

Longest river? Loire, 1020 km.

Marriages per 1000 population? 4.6.

National animal? cock (rooster).

National anthem? La Marseillaise.

National flower? iris.

National parks? 1.

National symbol? Marianne.

Nobel laureates? 49: Literature 13, Physics 11, Peace 9, Physiology and Medicine 8, Chemistry 7, Economics 1.

Number of men per 100 women? 95.

Population? 60.7 million metropolitan (mainland), 2.5 million overseas.

Population in urban areas? 76.3%.

Population per sq km? 110.5.

Population over 60? 20.7%.

Population under 20? 25.1%.

Principal exports? raw materials, semifinished goods, food and drink, motor vehicles.

Principal imports? raw materials, semifinished goods, consumer goods, motor vehicles, energy.

Social security spending? 29% of GDP.

Tallest building? Eiffel Tower, Paris, 312.3 m original, 320.7 m with TV antenna.

Unemployment? 9.5%.

* Figures quoted from Annuaire statistique de la France 2006.

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