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France Map - 100+ Free Maps of France

Following is our selection of over 100 different free maps of France.

At the bottom of the page are key statistics and comparative information.

If you have a France map that you would like to add (we will credit you and provide a link), please contact us.

 General Interest Maps of France  
 Special Interest Maps of France  

 

 Off-Site Maps of France  

 

Some of the above Maps of France have been developed by us (and are available only on this site), others are reprinted with permission. We are developing additional Maps of France to add to this section and also in discussion with other sites to agree sharing of maps.

There are also many on-line sources that provide detailed maps, with useful facilities (e.g. for driving, specify the origination and destination to get a specific map and driving directions). For example:

Michelin online road map

The following interesting maps are on other sites. If you click on the links below, a new window will open up for these sites. Although we find these maps interesting, we are not associated with the sites in any way and cannot take responsibility for their contents.

Tourist Attractions

Weather Map by Meteo France - Weather map by France's official weather bureau

Weather Map in English - A weather map in English

Paris Metro , Paris RER , Paris Bus - Travel maps for Paris

Railway Map

Regional Wine Maps

Historical Maps Paris

Historical Maps French Cities

Hiking Routes

City plans by www.quid.fr  (for all cities over 100 000 in 2003, except Paris and Saint-Etienne): Amiens, Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Besançon, Bordeaux, Boulogne-Billancourt, Brest, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Le Havre, Le Mans, Lille, Limoges, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Nimes, Orléans, Perpignan, Reims, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, Tours

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 Key Facts & Statistics on France  

 

 

 

Capital:

Paris

 

Size:

Total: 547, 030 square kilometers

Land: 545, 630 square kilometers

Water: 1, 400 square kilometers

Note: These are the figures for European France and do not include overseas elements (which are relatively small in any case).

 

Size - Comparative:

France is the largest west European nation. It is the third largest European nation (Turkey and Ukraine are larger). See table below for more details.

 

Borders

2889 kilometers

 

Bordering countries

Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland

 

Climate

Due to its particular geography there is unusual diversity of climate for the land area. The Atlantic is a moderating influence in the west, the Mediterrean has a warming influence in the south, the various mountain ranges have their own climate as well as directing wind and rain patterns, while the east of France has a continental climate. For details, click on French Climate & Weather.

 

Topology

From flat plains in the North and West, to mountains in the South and East. Lowest point is Rhone river delta (2 meters below sea level) while the highest is Mont Blanc (4,807 meters above sea level). See the topographical maps listed above for more details (for example Topographical map of France).

 

Land use

(source: INSEE)

  •  53.9% - Agricultural land which is in use

  •  5.1% - Agricultural land which is not in use

  •  27.7% - Woodlands

  •  12.8% - Other (including urban areas)

Due to rural depopulation, the amount of Forest in many parts of France actually increased during the 20th century, in direct opposition to the general trend worldwide. For details, click on How land is used (in the year 1972).

 

Administration

Country sub-divided into 22 regions (see Regions of France), which are sub-divided into 96 departments (see Departments of France), which are sub-divided into 342 arrondissements, which are sub-divided into 3,879 cantons, which are finally divided into 36,568 communes. For explanation and discussion, click on France Administration.

 

Language

The official language is French. Other languages and/or dialects include Provencal, Breton, Corsican, Basque, German, Dutch. Until about 2001 the French government actively suppressed the use of dialects and non-French languages. Since then it has recognised them as part of the national heritage and actively supported their use and preservation (see French Dialects). For guidance on how to manage in France without a knowledge of French, click on Getting by Without French.

 

International Calling Number

33

 

Employment by Industry

(source: INSEE 2003)

  •  73.1% - Services

  •  22.5% - Manufacturing and construction

  •  4.5% - Agriculture

 

National Motto, Flag, Symbol and Anthem

The national motto is : "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité"

This translates as "Freedom, equality, Fraternity", with Fraternity meaning brotherhood. It is based on the slogan of the French Revolution, which was "Liberté, égalité, fraternité, ou la mort !" (Freedom, equality, fraternity, or death!). However, in modern times France uses the current shorter (and somewhat milder) version.

The French flag also has its roots in the French Revolution, with the three colours of the Revolutionary "tri-colour". There are a number of conflicting explanations as to the source of the "tri-colour". For more information and for free flags, click on French Flag.

The national symbol is "Marianne", a female figure representing liberty and the French republic. Like the national motto and flag, it also has its roots in the French revolution. There are numerous statues and busts (mainly in government buildings) representing her, as well as stamps and coins. As she is a symbol, these representations are not of a specific woman but of certain virtues. As such, depending on the artist and the mood of the times, her representation changes. In more recent times, famous French actresses have been used as models, but there seems to be a policy of regularly changing the representation of Marianne so that she remains a symbol rather than becoming identified with a particular individual.

 

The national anthem of France is La Marseillaise,  which dates back to the French revolution. There are a number of different English translations, which differ partly due to different views of how individual words should be translated. In addition, there is an official translation, which has suffered from political correctness softening some of the more bloody verses. A discussion of the different translations can be found at La Marseillaise.

 

Workforce occupation

(source: INSEE 2003)

  •  28.7% - Office workers

  •  24.9% - Manual workers

  •  23.2% - Intermediate white-collar

  •  14.2% - Managerial and professional

  •  3.0%   - Farmers

 Employment rate

(source: INSEE 2003)

  •  Male: 62.3%

  •  Female: 48.9%

Tourist resources

(source: INSEE 2003)

Facilities

  •  31, 013 B&Bs (Bed and Breakfast)

  •  18, 217 Hotels

  •  8,289 Camping grounds

See above maps for additional information (e.g. Seaside Resorts).

The site for the official government tourist bureau (in English) with links to all the regional tourist offices is at: www.franceguide.com

Top Attractions (annual visitors):

  • 12.4 Million - Disneyland (near Paris)

  •   5.9 Million - Tour of Eiffel tower (Paris)

  •   5.7 Million - Louvre Museum (Paris)

  •   5.3 Million - Georges Pompidou Centre (Paris) - Houses the National Modern Art Museum and the Public Information Library

  •   2.9 Million - Château de Versailles (near Paris)

  •   2.3 Million - National Modern Art Museum (Paris)

  •   1.8 Million - Orsay Museum (Paris)

  •   1.8 Million - Asterix Park (Theme / amusement park, Pailly in Picardie)

  •   1.5 Million - Lille Zoo (Lille)

  •   1.2 Million - Futurescope of Poitiers (theme-park near Poitiers)

  •   1.1 Million - Le Puy du Fou (theme park south-east of Nantes)

France receives approximately 75 million visitors a year, which makes it the most visited country in the world (2003 figures).

 

 

 

 National Comparisons  

 

 

 

Characteristic

France

UK

Germany

Canada

USA

Population

61 million

60 million

82 million

32 million

296 million

 

Land area (square miles)

213 thousand

95 thousand

(45% of France)

138 thousand

(65% of France)

3,850 thousand

(18 times France)

3,717 thousand

(17.5 times France)

 

Population density

285 per sq. mile

635 per sq. mile

(2.2 times France)

598 per sq. mile

(2.1 times France)

8 per sq. mile

(0.03 of France)

80 per sq. mile

(0.3 of France)

 

Male Life Expectancy

77

76

76

77

75

 

Female Life Expectancy

84

81

81

82

80

 

GDP per capital (world ranking)

15th

12th

16th

19th

7th

 

Health System Ranking (year 2000)

(Source: World Health Organisation)

1st

18th

25th

30th

37th

 

 

 

 

 

 France Demographics by Region  

 

The following are the 1999 Demographics by Region (source: INSEE). For a graphical representation (map) click Population Density (in the year 1972) or Population Density by Region (1999).     

 

Region

Area (km2)

Population (1000s)

Population Density (people/km2)

Alsace

8280

1734

209

Aquitaine

41309

2908

70

Auvergne

26013

1309

50

Bourgogne

31582

1610

51

Bretagne

27209

2906

107

Centre

39151

2440

62

Champagne-Ardenne

25606

1342

52

Corse

8680

260

30

Franche-Comté

16202

1117

69

Ile-de-France

12011

10952

912

Languedoc-Roussillon

27376

2296

84

Limousin

16942

711

42

Lorraine

23542

2310

98

Midi-Pyrénées

45348

2552

56

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

12414

3997

322

Basse-Normandie

17589

1422

81

Haute-Normandie

12318

1780

145

Pays de la Loire

32082

3222

100

Picardie

19399

1858

96

Poitou-Charentes

25809

1640

64

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

31400

4506

144

Rhône-Alpes

43698

5646

129

Metropolitan France

(excludes non-European territory)

543965

58518

108

 

 

 

 Additional Resources  

 

France uses the metric system. For metric conversions and information about the metric system, click on Metric System Conversion Table / Chart and Converter for Metric Conversions. 

Click on French Cooking and Easy French Food Recipes for information about French Food & Cooking, Easy Recipes and Food Culture.

 
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