France is considered a large nation due to its total area. Its total land area is 643,801 km² (about 248,572 mi²). The French continental shelf is approximately 389,422 km² (approximately 150,356 mi²). France is in Europe. Europe is a continent whose borders date back to ancient times. European countries include the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malta and the Vatican, among others. France has 8 neighboring countries. Its neighbors include Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland. France is not a landlocked country. It means it is bounded by at least one major body of water. The average altitude range of France is 375 m (1,230 ft).
The total length of land borders of France is 2751 kilometers (~1,062 miles). France has 10 unique land borders with neighboring territories and shares land borders with 8 different countries. France has two non-contiguous land borders. This happens when a country has a border with a neighbor and that border is divided by a border with another neighbor. France has 8 neighboring countries. Its neighbors include Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland. The lengths of the land borders of France with its neighboring countries are as follows:
Andorra - 56.6 km (35 miles),
Belgium - 620 km (385 mi),
Germany - 451 km (280 miles),
Italy - 488 km (303 miles),
Luxembourg - 73 km (45 miles),
Monaco - 4.4 km (2 miles),
Spain - 623 km (387 miles),
Switzerland - 573 km (356 miles).
The capital of France is Paris. The largest city in France is Paris.
The average altitude range of France is 375 m (1,230 ft). The highest point in France is Mont Blanc with an official height of 4810 m (15,782 ft). The lowest point in France is Les Moëres. It is -4 m (-13 ft), i.e. below sea level. The difference in altitude between the highest (Mont Blanc) and the lowest (Les Moëres) point in France is 4814 m (2 ft).
The total land area of France is 643,801 km² (about 248,572 mi²). and the total Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is 11,691,900 km² (~4,514,247 mi²). The continental shelf of France is approximately 389,422 km² (approximately 150,356 mi²). Including the landmass and the EEZ, the total area of France is approximately 12,335,701 km² (~4,762,819 mi²). France is considered a large nation due to its total area.
Forest and farmland
246,640 km² of French territory is covered with forests, and forested areas account for 38% of the country's total area. There are 214,162 km² of arable land in France, making up 33% of the country's total area.