France is located in Western Europe and has a population of 61.8 million people. France is the largest country in Europe and is known for its cuisine, cafe culture, fashion and art. It is also home to a number of different landscapes with its vineyards and lavender fields, as well as the coastal regions that bulge with European tourists come summer. France has more than just the capital Paris to offer. French is the official language of France, with a lot of people also speaking at least some English.

Medical tourism

See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

France has a temperate climate in some areas (north) and a continental climate in others (northeast) with warm summers and cold winters.

Money and costs

The national currency is the Euro (EUR, symbol €). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.


Visas are not required for visitors from the USA, Canada, UK, EU and Australia for stays of up to 90 days. Tourists from EU nations can stay for an unlimited amount of time.

Getting there

There are a number of airports servicing France, with Paris being by far the most popular point of entry. Lyon and Marseille are two other international airports.

Dialling codes

To call France, the country dialling code is +33.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on France at:

Lonely Planet -​france

France Embassy in the USA -​embassy/​United-States

France Embassy in the UK -

NHS health information on France -​NHSEngland/​healthcarefrance/​Pages/​healthcarefrance.aspx

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011