Ranked number 8 in the world among cities exhibiting the strongest economic clout by PwC’s 2016 Cities of Opportunity Index, Paris is the capital city of France. The French capital scored well on economic clout benchmarks for financial and business services employment as well as productivity.
Parisian economic power is supported by the fact that 28 of Fortune Global 500 companies have their headquarters located in France’s capital city. Those global firms include life and health insurer AXA, major commercial and savings banks BNP Paribas and Société Générale as well as pharmaceuticals company Sanofi.
France exported US$488.9 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest value French exports include aircraft, medicines, automobiles, turbojets, wine, beauty products and cosmetics according to International Trade Centre data.
Capital Facts for Paris, France: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Notre-Dame-de-Paris cathedral, Eiffel Tower and Louvre
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Paris, France
- Emma Watson, actress (born Apr. 15, 1990)
- Roman Polanski, director (born Aug. 18, 1933)
- Kathie Lee Gifford, host & TV personality (born Aug. 16, 1953)
- Catherine Deneuve, actress (born Oct. 22, 1943)
- Yo-Yo Ma, cellist & songwriter (born Oct. 7, 1955)
- Nicolas Sarkozy, former French president (born Jan. 28, 1955)
- Isabelle Huppert, actress (born Mar. 16, 1955)
- Aṣa, singer & songwriter (born Sep. 17, 1982)
- Léa Seydoux, actress (born Jul. 1, 1985)
- Yael Naïm, singer-songwriter (born Feb. 6, 1978)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Paris resident: Parisian
Population: 2,229,621 (Paris city)
Density: 54,782 people per square mile (21,151 per square kilometer)
Population: 12,005,077 (Paris Region )
Density: 2,588 people per square mile (999 per square kilometer)
Population: 66,836,154 (France)
Density: 270 people per square mile (104 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$715.1 billion in 2014 (Paris Region)
GDP per person: $57,241
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Paris: Euro
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France was the world’s seventh-leading exporter in 2015, shipping US$493.9 billion worth of goods around the globe. Highest-value French exports are aircraft, automobiles, automotive parts and accessories, wine, processed petroleum oils, wine, beauty products and electronic integrated circuits according to the International Trade Centre.
Home to a population of 2.2 million residents, Paris city limits outline a land area equal to 40.7 square miles (105.4 square kilometers).
France’s capital city is also the center of the Paris Region called Île-de-France. The encompassing region is much larger than Paris at 4,638 square miles (12,012 square kilometers), within which 12 million people live. Unlike regions in other countries like Belgium and Germany that include national capitals, Paris Region has no special legal status as a full federal unit.
Paris Region (Île-de-France) is comprised of eight administrative entities: Paris, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Seine-et-Marne, Val-de-Marne, Val-d’Oise and Yvelines.
At the country level, France’s land territory covers 247,270 square miles (640,427 square kilometers). The national population count was 66.8 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
France celebrates its Federation Holiday also called National Holiday on each July 14.
Population density is much higher within France’s capital city limits with an average 54,800 Parisians per square mile (21,200 per square kilometer
Urban density dilutes to an average 2,600 residents per square mile (1,000 per square kilometer) for Paris Region also called Île-de-France.
For France overall, national population density drops to an average 300 residents per square mile (100 per square kilometer).