France

POPULATION: 66,8 millions

CAPITAL: Paris

GDP per capita: $42,400

LANGUAGE: French (official). Rapidly declining regional dialects and languages: Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish

RELIGION: 63-66% Christian (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic), 7-9% Muslim
FUN FACTS:

A 1910 law in France forbids couples from kissing on train platforms to avoid delayed departures.

The camera phone was invented in France in 1997.

There are over 400 kinds of cheese made in France.

France is by far the most popular tourist destination in the world, with some 82 million visitors per year.