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Where is France Located on the World Map?

France, officially République Français or the French Republic, is a western European country that borders Belgium and Germany in the north, Spain and Pyrenees Mountains in the south, and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. It has long been a trade route to northern and southern Europe.  You can view the France outline map below.

France in World Map Blank


France, created by an alliance of duchies and principalities under a single ruler in the Middle Ages, is one of the world’s oldest nations. In France, the central authority is vested in the state, while the regions have some autonomy. Thus, French citizens look to the state as the custodian of liberty while the government ensures citizens’ safety and well-being. Despite this centralist tendency, the French still maintain their long-standing belief in individualism. That is why French historian Jules Michelet asserted that “England is an empire, Germany is a nation, a race, France is a person.” France Statesman Charles de Gaulle also stressed that “Only peril can bring the French together. One can’t impose unity out of the blue on a country that has 265 different kinds of cheese.”

France doubles as the world’s leading industrial power and Europe’s agricultural hub. Vast fertile plains mainly cover France’s northern and western regions. In contrast, France’s southern region is occupied by the sprawling wooded plateau of the Massif Central and an array of ancient mountains and extinguished volcanoes.

France is a dominant force in the western world historically and culturally. The country is highly influential in international affairs as its former colonies are spread across the globe. France is a geographic, cultural, and economic bridge linking northern and southern boundaries with the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the Pyrenees, and the Alps.

Blank Map of France with Cities


What are the biggest cities in France by Population?

Printable Map of France with Cities


Does France have States?

France has no states since it is a unitary system of government. It instead has departments that a grouped into regions. A prefect heads each department. The department can also be divided into arrondissement, then into canton, then into communes, and finally villages. France has a total of one hundred and one departments. Ninty six departments belong to metropolitan France while the remaining five departments are the same as the overseas regions. The significant difference between the overseas departments and urban regions is the geographical location. Aside from that, mainland regions and overseas departments have the same status, and both ruled with the French constitution. So, French administrative law, social laws, tax laws, civil codes, penal codes, and more apply equally to metropolitan France and Oversea France departments. The overseas regions can’t make their laws.  You can view the cities in the France map outline above.

How many Regions does France have?

France has eighteen regions which are categorized into two based on location. Thirteen regions are located in metropolitan France, while the remaining five are located overseas (other continents aside from Europe). The 13 metropolitan regions are Auvergne, Bretagne, Bourgogne, Corsica, Grand Est (Alsace, Champgne, Lorraine), Hautes de France (Nord Pas-de-Calais-Picardi), Ile de France (Paris), Nouvelle Aquitaine (Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, Limousine), Normadie, Occitanie (Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc), Pays de la Loire, Provence – Cote d’Azur. Conversely, France’s five overseas regions, also same as overseas departments, are Guadeloupe (in the Caribbean), Guiana (in South America), Martinique (in the Caribbean), La Reunion (in the Indian Ocean), and Mayotte (in the Indian Ocean). The overseas regions have representatives at France National Assembly, Senate, and the Economic and Social Council. They also vote to elect European Parliament (MEP) members and have Euro as their official currency.

What Countries Border France?

Bay of Biscay and English Channels board France to the west; Luxembourg, Germany, and Belgium to the north; Italy and Switzerland to the east; and Spain and Andorra to the south.

How Big is France?

As you saw in the France map outline, France is the second-largest country in Europe with a landmass of 551,500 sq km (211,209 sq mi). In comparison, the area occupied by France is slightly less than twice the size of the state of Colorado. France extends 598 mi (960 km) north to south and 590 mi (950 km) east to west. The North Sea and Belgium bounded France in the north, while Luxembourg and Germany border France in the northeast. The English Channel borders France in the northwest with a length of 3,925 mi (6,316 km). Andorra and Spain are in the southwest, Switzerland and Italy in the east, and the Mediterranean sea in the south.

How Big is France Compared to Texas?

Comparatively, the France outline map also shows France is smaller than the state of Texas. France’s total area is 211,209 square miles, while the state of Texas has 268,820 square miles of area.

How big is France Compared to the US?

The US is bigger than France in terms of landmass and population. The United States’ landmass is approximately 9,833,517 sq km, while France is about 551,500 sq km; this makes France 5.61% the size of the United States. The population of the United States has 332.6 million people, while France has 264.8 million people.

What Language is Spoken in France?

French is the official language of France, and it’s spoken by over 98% of its population as a first language or second language. Due to border boundaries shared and trade relations, other languages spoken in French include English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

What’s the Capital of France?

Paris, founded in the 3rd century, has been the capital of France since 1944. Paris, the largest city in France in terms of land and population, serves as France’s economic and political power seat. The president’s official residence in the city is Élysée Palace, while the Prime Minister is housed at the Hôtel Matignon. The Senate legislative house is situated at Palais du Luxembourg, while the Assemblée Nationale meets at Palais Bourbon. Paris is nestled on the River Seine in northern France, central to the Ile-de-France region. Paris has an estimated population of 2,175,601 residents and an area of 105 sq km. Paris was formerly called Lutetia and was first occupied by the Romans in the sixth century. Paris is a popular tourist destination with over 30 million foreign visitors annually.

What is the Population of France?

France’s current population, according to Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data, is 65,451,605. This is equivalent to 0.85% of the world’s total population. Thus France ranks as #22 in the list of countries by population.

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