Comparing United States to France

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MAKE 32.4% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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France  FRANCE ($35,700.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in France, that number is $35,700.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. France GDP

LIVE 2.1 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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France  FRANCE (81.66 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In France, the average life expectancy is 81.66.
Category: United States vs. France life expectancy

CONSUME 42.7% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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France  FRANCE (6,986 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In France, it is 6,986 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. France electricity consumption

BE 33.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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France  FRANCE (0.4% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In France, that number is 0.4%.
Category: United States vs. France AIDS percentage

BE 46.4% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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France  FRANCE (3.31 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.31 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. France infant mortality

BE 39.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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France  FRANCE (10.2% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in France 10.2% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. France unemployment rate

HAVE 6.9% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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France  FRANCE (12.49 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In France, however, there are a total of 12.49 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. France birth rate

BE 47.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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France  FRANCE (7.9% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In France, 7.9% are.
Category: United States vs. France poverty

At a Glance: France

  • Land Area: ~641 thousand sq km (United States is ~15 times bigger than France)
  • Population: ~66 million people (253 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In France, "Cheers!" = "Sante!"

How big is France compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of France (640,679 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in France

Tipping:
  • Round up when paying for a bill at a restaurant
  • Tip taxi drivers 10-15%
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO expect wine with dinner
  • DO formally address strangers (Monsieur/Madame)
Table Manners:
  • Tear off a piece of bread before eating it
  • Place your arms above the table when eating a meal
Greetings:
  • Shake hands, but not as firmly as in the United States
  • Greet people with "bonjour" or "bonsoir"
Learn more about etiquette

A brief history of France

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 640,679 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).