Fast Facts in France 2017

2017 in a Nutshell

New regions in France

13 mainland regions following the territorial reform, four overseas regions (Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Reunion Island) plus French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna, Mayotte, St-Pierre & Miquelon, and the French Southern and Antarctic Territory. Population: 64.7 million (estimated by

Major Events 

• The 500th Anniversary of the founding of Le Havre by Francois 1er, Normandy.
• Major Vermeer retrospective at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
• Opening of the Cité musicale on the Seguin island, Paris.
• Opening of a Yves Saint Laurent museum, Paris.
• Opening of Lafayette Anticipation, contemporary art foundation, Paris
• Opening of the Lascaux IV, Dordogne Aquitaine.
• The centennial anniversary year of WWI and the anniversary year of the entry of the United States into the conflict
• Re-opening of the Franco-American Museum at the Chateau de Blerancourt
• The opening of the Cité internationale de la Tapisserie, Aubusson.

Key Figures


• 85 million foreign visitors in 2015
• 3.6 million American visitors in 2015 70% stayed in Paris
• The worlds number 1 tourism destination for over 20 years.
• 43, 589 historical monuments
• 1,227 museums. The Louvre stays #1 with 9 million visitors.
• 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
• 12 million inhabitants in Paris Region: 18.1% of France’s population 2.4% of EU28’s population
• 13 822 restaurants in Paris
• 1 974 hotels in Greater Paris in 2015


• France is the largest country in Western Europe
• Its territories span two continents (Europe and the Americas) and three oceans (Atlantic, Pacific and Indian).
• France has land and maritime borders with 35 countries around the world
• The country boasts the world’s second largest maritime domain after the United States
• 30% of the total surface of France is covered by forests representing 25.7 million acres
• Farms and forests cover 48 million hectares – 82% – of the total area of mainland France
• 50 regional nature parks covering more than 15% of the country.
• France is ranked third country in the European Union for the amount of forestland, behind Sweden and Finland.
• 2743 different kinds of trees
• 10 national parks
• 327 nature reserves, including 161 national reserves
• 516 designated areas for protected species
• 189 648 acres of protected coastal areas
• The French mountains: the Alps (of which the highest peak, Mont Blanc, rising to 15,871 feet, is the highest mountain in Western Europe), the Pyrénées, the Jura, the Vosges, the Massif Central, Corsica.

France also has 47.7 billion Euros are allocated to the protection of the environment. Three quarters of this goes to waste water management and waste disposal. France is party to many international treaties and conventions concerning the environment, among them United Nations agreements on climate, biodiversity and desertification.