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France is a fascinating country with a rich cultural heritage and a diverse population. It is the second-largest country in Europe, with a population of over 66 million people.

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the most interesting facts about the French population, including their age structure, language, birth rate, and more. We’ll also discuss the popular culture and activities that French people enjoy.

So let’s take a look at 30 interesting facts about the French population!

1. La France a la deuxième plus grande population en Europe, derrière l’Allemagne.
France has the second-largest population in Europe, behind Germany.

2. Le français est la langue officielle de la France, parlée par environ 80 % de la population.
French is the official language of France, spoken by around 80% of the population.

3. Environ 8 % de la population française parle anglais comme deuxième langue.
About 8% of the French population speaks English as a second language.

4. La France est le pays le plus visité au monde, avec 89 millions de visiteurs en 2018.
France is the most visited country in the world, with 89 million visitors in 2018.

5. La population de la France est juste au-dessus de 66 millions, en 2022.
The population of France is just over 66 million, as of 2022.

6. Les Français ont en moyenne 41 ans.
French people are on average 41 years old.

7. La capitale et la plus grande ville de la France est Paris, avec une population d’environ 2,2 millions.
The capital and largest city of France is Paris, with a population of around 2.2 million.

8. La population française croît à un taux de 0,41 % par an.
The French population is growing at a rate of 0.41% per year.

9. Le taux de natalité en France est de 11,8 naissances par 1000 personnes.
The birth rate in France is 11.8 births per 1000 people.

10. Le taux de mortalité en France est de 8,9 décès par 1000 personnes.
The death rate in France is 8.9 deaths per 1000 people.

11. L’espérance de vie moyenne en France est de 83 ans.
The average life expectancy in France is 83 years.

12. L’âge médian des Français est de 41,2 ans.
The average life expectancy in France is 83 years.

13. Les Français ont en moyenne 2,3 enfants par femme.
French people have an average of 2.3 children per woman.

14. Le taux de chômage en France est de 8,6 %, en 2021.
The unemployment rate in France is 8.6%, as of 2021.

15. Environ 75,8 % de la population française vit en milieu urbain.
Around 75.8% of the French population lives in urban areas.

16. Environ 1,7 million de personnes en France sont nées à l’étranger.
Around 1.7 million people in France are foreign-born.

17. Environ 10 % de la population française est musulmane.
Around 10% of the French population is Muslim.

18. Le sport le plus populaire en France est le football.
The most popular sport in France is football.

19. La destination de vacances la plus populaire pour les Français est la côte méditerranéenne.
The most popular holiday destination for French people is the Mediterranean Coast.

20. Environ 30 % des adultes en France fument des cigarettes.
Around 30% of adults in France smoke cigarettes.

21. Environ 23 % des adultes en France boivent de l’alcool au moins une fois par semaine.
Around 23% of adults in France drink alcohol at least once a week.

22. Les Français mangent en moyenne 5,2 portions de fruits et légumes par jour.
French people eat an average of 5.2 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

23. Le type de cuisine le plus populaire en France est la cuisine française.
The most popular type of cuisine in France is French Cuisine.

24. La langue française est la deuxième langue la plus enseignée dans le monde.
The French language is the second most taught language in the world.

25. La France est le plus grand producteur de vin au monde.
France is the world’s most popular wine producer.

26. Les Français consomment le plus grand nombre de fromages dans le monde.
The French consume the most cheese in the world.

27. La moyenne des Français boit en moyenne 10 litres de vin par an.
The average French person drinks an average of 10 litres of wine per year.

28. Les Français sont la troisième nation la plus généreuse en termes de dons caritatifs.
The French are the third most generous nation in terms of charitable donations.

29. Les Français passent plus de temps à déjeuner que la plupart des autres nationalités.
French people spend more time eating lunch than most other nationalities.

30. L’hymne national français s’appelle « La Marseillaise ».
The French national anthem is called “La Marseillaise.”


France is a vibrant country with a diverse population and a rich culture. It’s home to over 66 million people, and the population is growing at a rate of 0.41% per year. French people are known for their love of food, wine, and football. We’ve explored 30 interesting facts about the French population, from their age structure and language to their birth rate and favourite activities.

It’s estimated that around 4.5 million French people live outside of France and I’m in these stats as I left France when I was 20 years old and only go back home for holidays!.

So where are these expats located? Europe: 40.7% North America: 25.2% Asia: 19.7% Africa: 10.7% South America: 2.3% Oceania: 1.4%

For 6 years I was in Ireland working so fell into the Europe percentage but since 2006 I’ve been in Australia so I’m in the small proportion of Frenchies living in Oceania.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the French population and culture! To learn a bit more about France, visit this page.

So my dear French learner – what can you say about the facts that you’ve learned?

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