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FRANCE FACTS

LAND
Area: 543,965 sq km
Capital : Paris (population., 2,153,600 ).

PEOPLE
Population (2007 est.): 60,876,136
Distribution 74% urban, 26% rural.
Annual Growth:0.588%

LANGUAGE : Official language: French.
RELIGION: Major religion: Roman Catholic.

EDUCATION
Literacy : 99% of adult population.
Universities : 72.

HEALTH
Healthcare establishments 3,171
Hospital beds 4,857,698 .
Life expectancy:: women 82 men 74, Average 79.73


ECONOMY
Currency: EURO
GNP: $1.891 trillion (2006) $31,200 per capita.
Labor distribution : agriculture, 7.5%; mining and manufacturing, 16.5%; construction, 6.5%; public utilities, 0.7%; transportation and communications, 5.2%; trade, 16.1%; finance, 2.4%; public administration and defence, 23.1%; services, 13.1%; other, 8.9%.
Foreign trade (2006): imports, $520.8 billion ; exports, $483.1 billion ; principal trade partners, Germany, Italy, Belgium-Luxembourg, United Kingdom, United States.


GOVERNMENT
Type: Presidential republic
Government leader ( from 16 May 2007): Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic .
Legislature: Parliament, National Assembly and Senate.
Political subdivisions: 22 regions, 96 metropolitan departments, 4 overseas departments, 4 overseas territories, 2 collective territories.

COMMUNICATIONS
Railroads 29,203 km
Roads 951,220 km
Major ports: 6.
Airports: 184

BORDERS

France borders with Andorra , Belgium , Germany , Italy Luxembourg , Monaco , Spain , Switzerland

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: New Year's Day, Easter and Easter Monday, May 1, May Day, May 8, V-Day, Ascension Day. 40 days after Easter, Whitsunday (Pentecost) 10 days later and following Monday, July 14, Bastille Day, August 15, Assumption,

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