Number of inhabitants: 64,350,759 people (on 1st January 2009), that is to say around 1 % of the global population. The population of France is growing. The demographic growth rate in France is of 0.574 % per year. The number of births is quite high in France. Indeed, there were 801,000 live births in France in 2008, an unequalled number since 1981. This fact is still more amazing when we discover that women aged from 20 to 40 years old who have given birth to 94 % of the babies of 2008, are decreasing. Indeed, the generations born during the baby-boom of post-war years are progressively being replaced by less abundant generations. This means that women continue to have on an average more children than during the 1990's. The French birthrate is of 2.02 children per woman. This rate is higher than the one measured in many other European countries. It is, for instance, only of 1.3 in Germany, 1.4 in Italy or 1.5 in Spain. It is even less (1.3) in Poland and Slovakia, and is situated between 1.3 and 1.35 in Slovenia, Lithuania, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia and Portugal. This phenomenon may be explained by a favorable political and social environment.
[...] The demographic growth rate in France is of per year Number of live births The number of births is quite high in France. Indeed, there were 801,000 live births in France in 2008, an unequalled level since 1981. This fact is still more amazing when we know that the women aged from 20 to 40 years old who have given birth to of the babies of 2008, are less numerous. Indeed, the generations born during the baby-boom after the world wars are progressively replaced by less abundant generations. [...]
[...] In 2008 Number Phones fixed lines 40 million Phones cell phones 54 million Radio 64 million Televisions : 60 million Number of Internet 34 million users : Source : www.invest-in-france.org J. Working conditions 1. Employer-employee relations The relations between employers and employees depend on the size and of the structure of the company, but generally speaking, the relations are characterized by a large hierarchical distance, meaning more centralization and less participation. The union membership is one of the weakest of the world But culturally, employers and employees often are in a situation of conflict ; first, because a lot of French have the feeling that the companies have increased their profits through outsourcing and redundancy, and that they are much more interested in their shareholders and in the financial markets than in their employees. [...]
[...] Global mobility strongly remains motivated by the general economic situation and the one of the employment (especially for the renters) Ethnic groups As mentioned in the previous part cultural analysis , the main ethnic groups in France are White Arab Asian Black Other. Concerning the question of knowing if the ethnic groups are growing at a faster rate than the general population, we can say that the superior fertility of foreign women has a weak impact. In 1999, the foreign women living in France had in average 2,8 children, i.e. [...]
[...] Minerals and resources The underground of metropolitan France contains few mineral resources, for example, mineral raw material (iron ore, potash, bauxite, nickel). Coal was for a long time the main French mineral resource, the stocks are estimated between 500 and 600 million tons, but the profitability is an issue because of the hard exploitation conditions (deep underground mines). Besides, France has very limited hydrocarbon reserves, Uranium (Bessines, La Crouzille) is at the present the biggest national energy resource. The iron ore deposits of Lorraine, the most important of Western Europe, located in Moselle, have a strong decrease of production. [...]
[...] France is one of the most open countries in the world. It has been one of the top host countries of foreign investment for years. France represents a good opportunity because it is a source of innovation and creativity, and it benefits from geographical, human and sector assets. For example: productive workforce; competitive energy, transportation, real estate and employee costs; gateway for the business in the European Union, the world's largest market with 493 million consumers million French employees work for international companies in France. [...]
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