France is the largest country in Western Europe, and the second largest in the whole of Europe after Ukraine. In the north and west, it is dominated by a relatively flat plain interspersed with low rolling hills. The remainder of the country is rather mountainous, especially the Pyrenees in the South, and the snowcapped Alps in the east. The highest point in the country is Mont Blanc (15,770ft / 4807m), which also happens to be the second highest peak in Europe. France also has many rivers, the longest of which is the Loire (630mi / 1020km). Did you know? The name ‘France’ comes from the Latin word ‘Francia’ meaning ‘Land of the Franks’.
Capital city: Paris Highest Point: Mont Blanc (15,771ft / 4807m) Lowest Point: Rhone River delta (-7ft / -2m) Land Area: 212,345 sq. mi (549,970 sq. km) Water Area: 591 sq. mi (1,530 sq. km) Total Area: 212,935 sq. mi (551,500 sq. km) Coastline: 2129 miles (3427 km) Bordering countries (8) Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland
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