France is known for being the most romantic place in the word, having the best food in the world, or known for the one and only Eiffel Tower. Either way I’m sure most people think of the city of Paris whenever France is mentioned. Overlooking the Eiffel tower is hundreds of smaller buildings below. Where the geography is and what does it look like? I hope to answer all those questions here.
The country of France is located in Western Europe and is bordered between the Mediterranean Sea, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium. However, I’m sure most of you could know exactly where it is and could spot it on a map. Anyway, France is a pretty good sized country and covers 551,500 square kilometers of land, is slightly more than four times the size of the state of Georgia and just slightly less the size of Texas. Despite how big we think the city of Paris might be, two-thirds of France is actually hilly and mountainous. There are mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills located in the north and the west of the country. The remainder of the country is mostly mountainous with the famous Pyrenees in the south as well as the well-known Alps located in the east. France has so much to offer geography wise throughout the country. There are even many big major rivers that run through France, some of which are…The Seine River, The Rhone River and the Loire River. The Loire River is the biggest River in France by length extending 625 miles long, so it serves a lot of importance. Due to all the different physical features of France, you might be wondering what the climate is like. France is pretty much located right in between the equator and the North Pole, so it gives France a pretty temperate and mild climate. However, various areas throughout the country do get extremely hot or extremely cold depending where it is. Along the Mediterranean coast the warm Gulf Stream provides pretty hot and dry summers and mild winters. In the mountain areas, the weather tends to be colder and gets a fair amount of rain and snowfall throughout the year.
Again you might be thinking because of all the different types of geography throughout France, France might offer many natural resources to its people. You’re right! France is home to a lot of natural resources (you probably have never heard of a few of them), some of them being coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber and of course arable land and fish.
Population wise, the French population has very diverse origins. Many people have settled in France including Celts, Romans, Germans, Russians, Asians, Africans and North Americans. The population and the diverse origins tend to vary by region. The population of France is 62,814,233 people with the population growth rate being 0.43%. The birth rate is about 13 births for 1,000 people and about ten deaths for 1,000 people. Approximately 79.5% of the total population lives in the urban areas of France, with the rate of urbanization being 0.84%. As of July 2015 there are 10.843 million people living in the capital of Paris.
There are a lot of people all over the world that dream about going to France, me being one of them. You can’t blame us for thinking so, because not only does France offer romance, great food and the amazing city of Paris, but it also offers awesome geographical landscapes in all parts of France. There are rivers, mountains, plains and hills, think of the diverse activities that can take place in a country like that. Not only that, but think of the beauty the city and rural areas offer. Sounds pretty amazing, right?
CIA. “EUROPE:: FRANCE.” The World Factbook (2015): 0-1. Website.