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  • Capital: Paris
  • Form of Government: Republic
  • Area: 640,697 km2
  • Religion: Christianity 52%, No religion 40%
  • Phone number: +33
  • Language: French
  • Time zone: UTC + 1
  • Population: 67,406,000 (2021)
  • Currency: Euro (Eur)

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Finnair has regular flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Norwegian also has flights three times a week to Paris from Orly Airport. During the holiday season, both Norwegian and Finnair have flights to Nice.

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France has good bullet train connections between major cities. In many cases, the TGV is a faster way of moving from one city to another than flying, and the rail network also extends far beyond the country, e.g. Spain, England, Italy and the Netherlands.


Embassy of Finland, Paris Place de Finlande 75007 Paris – Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 18 19 20 e – mail: – website:

The main attraction of Paris and all of Europe is the Eiffel tower in the rays of the setting sun on the bank of Seine river with cruise tourist ships



Paris is one of the most significant European metropoles and an important center of gastronomy, fashion, art and architecture. The city has appr. 2,2 million residents, while the whole metropolitan area has over 12 million. It is straddling the Marne and Seine rivers, and these two rivers join at the Charenton-le-Pont in the 12th arrondissement.

Paris, France - October 9, 2014: D'Orsay museum with people in Paris, France. The Musee d'Orsay is the French art museum in Paris, on the left bank of the Seine.

Musée d’Orsay

Address: Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France


This idyllic museum at the Rue de Lille, on the left bank of the Seine river, houses the most remarkable collection of impressionist and post-impressionist artwork in the world, including painters like Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. It also holds collections of architecture, decorative arts and photography. An irresistible attraction for an art-enthusiastic mind.

House tanners, Petite France district. Strasbourg, France

Disneyland Paris

Address: Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France 


Disneyland Paris is the most visited touristic attraction in Europe with 14,8 million visitors in 2015 between the two parks. A visit to Disneyland Paris is almost like a visit to another city. This is why it may be wise to plan ahead what you are going to do in the park. Set priorities: what rides and shows do you or your fellow travellers want to experience, and also what you can forgo. Disneyland Paris is huge. Visits require a lot of walking and queuing, so also plan ahead resting time, and if you are travelling with small kids, make sure there is enough time for sleeping.

Nice: Narrow street in old tourist part of Nice - fifth most populous city and one of the most visited cities in France, receiving 4 million tourists every year.

Old Nice

This historic part of Nice feels like a medieval village with narrow streets curving between old buildings with red-tile roofs, small restaurants and open-markets.

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde from the harbour in Marseille, France, Europe.

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

Address: Rue Fort du Sanctuaire, 13281 Marseille, France


Notre-Dame de la Garde, in French for Marseille’s citizens “la bonne mère”, is a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France, and the city’s best-known symbol.

Austrian parliament building with Athena statue on the front in Vienna on the sunrise

La Petite France

Address: Grand Île, Strasbourg France


Strasbourg’s historic neighborhood is a serene collection of cobblestone roads, fine restaurants and 16th-century buildings.

Castle of Nice

Castle of Nice


The Castle of Nice was a citadel used for military purposes. Built at the top of a hill, it stood overlooking the bay of Nice from the 11th century to the 18th century.

The classic buuilding with columns now the Bourse with French flag flying in the Marais district Paris France

Place de la Bourse

Address: Place de la Bourse, 33000 Bordeaux, France


Place de la Bourse is an elegant square on the banks of the River Garonne, bordered by magnificent palace-like buildings. Admire the perfect symmetry of the square and the surrounding buildings, designed to reflect the power of the king and bring Bordeaux to modern times. Return to the square in the evening to see the palace and square illuminated. The lights are beautifully reflected from the water of the Miroir d’Eau. Place de la Bourse can be reached from the tram stop of the same name.

City of Lyon in daytime

Vieux Lyon (UNESCO 1998)


The oldest part of Lyon is situated in the 5th arrondissement and at the foot of the Fourvière hill, on the route of the metro line D. It is well-known for its picturesque medievel and Renaissance architecture. Staircases, secret passageways and shady, but welcoming. Little stores entrance a visitor with a peculiar atmosphere.

Piles of bones and skulls are arranged into a stack in the Paris' Catacombs.

Catacombs of Paris

Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France


This complex of underground ossuaries, as a part of tunnels, ”the quarries of Paris”, is located south of the former city gate at Place Denfert-Rochereau. As a former mine area and burial place of the remnants of 6 million people from several Paris cemeteries, it is now one of the 14 museums of the City of Paris and visitors can join the guided tours. One of the notable sights is the Crypt of the Sepulchral Lamp, a space covered with human bones.

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The Verdon Gorge

Verdon Gorge


This 25 kilometers long and up to 700 meters deep canyon of the Verdon river in Provence is often referred to as Europe’s most beautiful ravine. A visitor can rent a kayak to travel through this beautiful natural formation or hike along its edges on one of the 1,500 routes. Its limestone walls, several hundreds of meters high, are suitable for rock climbing. Close to the French Riviera, it is the perfect place to get your adrenaline pumping when you want to take a break from sunbathing.

Pont des Arts leading towards Institut de France, Paris, France. The bridge is a popular place for couples in Europe.



This area located around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is famous for its tiny cafes. It was the headquarters of the existentialist movement. In cafés like Les Deux Magots or Café de Flore a visitor can sip coffee or pastis, sharing the same atmosphere with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and other French intellectuals.

Paris, France - July 7, 2018: Architectural details and emblems of faculties on the roof of the Musee de Cluny a landmark national museum of medieval arts and Middle Ages

Thermes de Cluny

Address: 28 Rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France


These ruins of the Gallo-Roman thermal baths are partly an archeological site, and partly incorporated into the Musée national du Moyen Age. The ruins in their present condition constitute about one-third of a massive bath complex that is believed to have been constructed around the beginning of the 3rd century. The best preserved room is the frigidarium, with intact architectural elements such as Gallo-Roman vaults, ribs and consoles as well as fragments of the original decorative wall paintings and mosaics.