Travel to France

Newlyweds in love strolling along Boulevard St. Michel. Down to the Seine, where they are scattered in small clusters on the beautifully lit Pont-Neuf “New Bridge”, which was completed in the early 17th century and which, despite its name, is Paris’ oldest. and the monumental buildings frame the river, like beautiful and expressive stage walls.

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Population: 63 million

Capital: Paris

Language: French

France is the world’s largest tourist country with over 80 million foreign visitors every year?

the French insurance companies have a special insurance plan for car accidents that occur around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris? Twelve roads that meet in a single large multi-lane roundabout are as prone to accidents.

Paris

With its 10 million inhabitants – and more than two million in the central part – France’s capital is one of the world’s largest cities. A cultural capital with a cultural heritage that arouses envy, and at the same time a city that is constantly able to set the global agenda in art, literature and design. The latter is not least expressed when the world’s largest fashion house takes the catwalk every year and shows how the rest of the world should dress. In fact, Paris has been the fashion mecca of the whole world ever since the time of the sun king Louis XIV.

If you want to see what the fashion artists can achieve, you should go exploring in the designer shops around the Champs Elysées, the boutiques on the small side streets or in the big department stores such as Printemps and Galeries Lafayette on the beautiful Boulevard Haussmann. In Galeries Lafayette you can also buy everything that makes the clothes tight in Lafayette Gourmet – a real paradise for gastronomes. The good food is Paris’ brand, and nowhere else in the world can you find so many Michelin-starred restaurants as here. Also enjoy the city in the charming Luxembourg Garden, see the Mona Lisa and the world’s art treasures gathered at the Louvre, experience the slightly decadent atmosphere around Trocadero and Montmartre with the lavish stage shows and small, cozy bars. Release along the winding streets of the Latin Quarter or the Marais where street musicians accompany the hectic city life and where the bistros and sidewalk cafes deliver lots of crêpes and café crème over the counter. In the area around Paris there are lots of nice excursion destinations. For example, visit Versailles – one of the most beautiful castles in the world.

Northern France

In Rouen and Normandy on the French Atlantic coast, you can follow in the footsteps of the Vikings over the vast landscapes with the strenuous hills or see the invasion beaches from World War II. Experience, for example, Le Havre – one of Europe ‘s largest port cities – and the beautiful two-kilometer-long bridge Le Pont de Normandie. Follow the coast past Calais and Boulogne or relax at the seaside resorts along the Flower Coast.

Central France

Although many are attracted by the seaside resorts further south, there is no reason to graze in the middle of France too quickly. Experience charming peasant idyll in Provence, the lovely Loire Valley and the wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy from Auxerre to Macon or enjoy the French Alps – not necessarily by skiing.

Southern France

According to top-medical-schools, the trip to the South of France can be a holiday with wine adventures, food experiences and cultural monuments in the Rhône Valley. For example, along the vital and historically important Rhône river that meanders as an important transport route through the Ardèche, Drôme, Gard and Vaucluse. Before being swallowed up by the Mediterranean, it floats past fortresses, medieval villages and eye-catching works of art en masse – the Pont du Gard, the papal palace of Avignon, the Renaissance castle of Grignan to name just a few. Holidays in the South of France can also be shared with the jetset people on the Riviera, on the big yachts in St. Tropez, with the movie stars in Cannes or in multicultural and colorful Marseilles. It can also be a holiday with demanding hiking in the Pyrenees, Andorra and the Basque Country or pleasant excursions to vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillon. There is plenty to eat and see for yourself during a trip in France. And many good wines to rinse down the impressions with.

Facts about France

Below you will find practical information in connection with your trip to France

  • Language: French
  • Capital: Paris
  • Population: 63 million
  • Religion: Roman Catholicism
  • Currency: Euro
  • Surface: 551 500 km2

Worth knowing

Time difference

There is no time difference between France and Sweden.

Transport in France

The buses in France are in good condition and are usually equipped with air conditioning. The public transport system is well developed and efficient.

Price level

The price level does not differ significantly between France and Sweden. It is possible to get a good meal at a very reasonable price, but you will of course find all price ranges.

Currency and credit cards

The currency of France is the euro (EUR). International credit cards mostly work as a means of payment, but it can still be good to have some contacts in your pocket. You will find ATMs in all French cities.

Tip

A service charge is usually added to the restaurant bill. If you are satisfied with the service and the food, you should round it up by another 5-10%. Taxi drivers expect tips and you may be able to round to the nearest euro.

The drinking system looks a little different on a cruise. See the travel program for your trip.

Electricity

France, just like Sweden, has 220 volts, but Swedish sockets do not always fit in the socket. Feel free to bring an adapter.

Telephone and internet

France’s international country code is +33. Feel free to ask your Swedish operator about call prices in France and how much it costs to connect via mobile. Most hotels, restaurants, cafes and the like have wireless internet that you can use for free or for a fee.

Smoking

In France, smoking is prohibited in public buildings and on public transport. There is also a smoking ban in cafes and restaurants with the exception of smoking rooms in some places.

Tact and tone

The forms of interaction in France are more formal and polite than in Sweden. You are usually You with each other and the inhabitants address each other with monsieur, madame and mademoiselle . If you ask for something, always end with s’il vous plaiît .

When visiting a museum or church, wear covered legs and arms to show respect.

Climate and weather in France

Below you can read more about France’s climate and weather. See temperatures for Paris, Strasbourg and Nice.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN CHRISTMAS AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Paris
Daytime temperature 7 8 12 15 19 22 24 25 21 16 10 8
Night temperature 3 3 5 7 11 13 16 15 13 9 5 4
Precipitation (mm) 54 44 49 53 65 55 63 43 55 60 52 59
Strasbourg
Daytime temperature 4 6 11 15 20 22 25 25 21 15 8 5
Night temperature -1 -1 2 5 9 12 14 14 10 7 2 0
Precipitation (mm) 30 35 36 43 78 77 66 58 62 53 50 45
Nice
Daytime temperature 13 13 15 17 20 24 27 27 24 21 16 14
Night temperature 5 6 8 10 14 17 20 20 17 13 9 6
Precipitation (mm) 85 60 61 69 49 38 15 24 76 144 94 88

France mostly has a temperate climate, with cold winters and mild summers – including in Paris. Along the Mediterranean and in southern parts of the country, the winter is mild with a hot summer. In the north, summers are cold and in the mountain regions there is snow.

Travel to France

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