Learning the geography of France when planning your vacation can open your eyes to undiscovered places... mountains to climb, rivers to forge, and cities to explore.
On the continent of Europe is Mainland France. Officially called Metropolitan France.
It is the the 3rd largest country in Europe (#1 Russia, #2 Ukraine).
It is 212,935 square miles (551,500 square km) in surface area.
France borders eight countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland, Spain, and Andorra.
It has 2,129 miles (3,427 km) of coastline and lies on the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, English Channel/Bay of Biscay
Metropolitan France: 62,814,233
Metropolitan + five overseas regions: 65,951,611
Ethnic Groups: Celts, Romans, Germans, Slavic, Asians, North Africans, and Basque.
75% of the population live in cities or towns.
Major Cities: the largest city is Paris with a population of 10.41 million, followed by Lyon (1.2 million) , Marseille/Aix-en-Provence (1.457 million), Lille (1.028), Nice/Cannes (977,000) Bordeaux (640,000)
France in the north and west consists of flat plains or gently rolling hills. The south and east is mountainous.
Highest point: Mont Blanc (4,807 m)
Major mountains and hills: Alps, Pyrennes, Vosges, Massif Central, Jura.
Lowest point:Rhône River delta (-2 m)
Mont Blanc in the Alps
Places to Visit:
The Loire is the longest river in France, followed by the Seine, Garonne, and Rhône River. The Rhine river forms the border with Germany.
France has a temperate climate.
Cars, aerospace, manufacturing, chemical products, fashion, textiles, and tourism.
France isn't just in Europe.
Fun for kids I discovered this on-line geography game.
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