Country profile


General information

France (the French Republic), with a population of 66.6 million and a landmass of 543,965 square kilometres, is one of the largest member states of the European Union. France also has overseas territories in Latin America, the Caribbean and in the Indian Ocean, with a combined landmass of 88,969 square kilometres.

The capital city is Paris.

The official language is French.

Economic data

Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, based on purchasing power parity (PPP): USD 41,476
Real change in GDP between 2010 and 2015: 4.8 %
Gross national debt as percentage of GDP: 96 %
Percentage of women (aged 15-64) in gainful employment: 60.6 %
Youth unemployment rate (15-24 year-olds): 24.7 %
The national currency is the euro (EUR).

Additional information

Country information from the Federal Foreign Office
Website of the French government