Destination France, a virtual guide to the "Grande Nation". The country is located on the western edge of Europe, bordered by the Bay of Biscay (North Atlantic Ocean) in west, by the English Channel in north west, by the North Sea in north, by Belgium and Luxembourg in north east, by Germany, Switzerland and Italy in east, by the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco, Spain and Andorra in south. France shares also maritime borders with the United Kingdom.
With an area of 551,500 km² Metropolitan France is more than twice the size of the United Kingdom or more than twice the size of the U.S. state of Colorado.
In 2015 France has a total population of 66,3 million people; 64.2 million inhabitants in Metropolitan France (the European part of France plus Corsica) and 2.1 million in its overseas regions (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion), major other dependencies are French Polynesia, and New Caledonia.
Largest city and capital is Paris. Spoken language is French (official).