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12 February, 2021updated 30 Oct 2021 05:08

Investing in France: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in France.

By Carmen

As of 2021, France has a population of 67 million, making it the 22nd largest country in the world by this measure. There are 48.3% males and 51.7% females.

There are 27.2 million people employed in France, with an unemployment rate of 9.2% – 2.4 million people.

France is the sixth largest economy in the world with a GDP of $2.8 trillion. France’s GDP has grown by 5% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 19% by 2025.

As of 2021 there are 2.6 million students in tertiary education in France, with 6.2 million students in secondary and 4.4 million in primary education. France spent 3.9% of its GDP on education in 2019.

France ranked 32nd in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 32nd. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), France finished 15th, after ranking 17th in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $259.5 billion and private healthcare expenditure equalled $51.6 billion in 2018.

The largest urban areas in France are Paris (12.3 million people), Marseille (3.1 million) and Lille (2.6 million).

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