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Key facts about France

France is located in Western Europe and is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Andorra and Spain.

It is a founding member of the EU (then EEC) since 1958.

It has a population of approximately 67 million people. The capital city is Paris that has a population of approximately 12 million inhabitants.

France is part of the Schengen Zone.

The currency is the Euro (Eur)

The international dialling code can be found here

France is one of the top ten largest economies in the world. Key exports include machinery and transportation equipment, aircraft, agriculture products, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, iron, steel, consumer products and petroleum.

France imports cars and vehicles, machinery and equipment, crude oil, plastics, chemicals and aircraft.

Useful Links

Embassy information of France in Ireland
World Bank

A detailed breakdown by the World Bank for doing business in France. The report includes Economy Profile, Starting a Business, Construction Permits, Getting Credit, Protecting Minor Investors, Paying Taxes, Trading Across Borders, Labour Market Regulations and more.

Sea Ports

View seaports of France on with information on anchorage depth and types of harbours.


French cities with airports and further aviation information.

Tax & VAT

Find out about taxes in France and how to verify VAT numbers.

Enterprise Ireland in France

Enterprise Ireland offer export assistance. They have an office in Paris.

SME United

Find out about what SME United (the association of crafts and SMEs in Europe) support is available in France.

Map of France