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Paris Country: France
Paris By The Numbers:
Population: 2,153,600 (2005 census) Elevation: 315 feet/ 96 metres Average Annual Precipitation: 25 inches/ 641 millimetres Average Annual days of rain: 187/year Average January Temperature: 39 degrees F/ 4 degrees C Average July Temperature: 68 degrees F/ 20 degrees C
Major Industries: Service, Tourism & Hospitality, Commerce, Banking, Computer engineering Ethnic Mix: Italian, Polish, German, North African & African (in the 10th, 18th and 19th arrondissement), Chinese (in the 13th arrondissement), Hindi & Pakistani (in the 10th arrondissement), Vietnamese, etc. Electricity: 220 Volts AC, 50 Hz round two-pin plugs Time Zone: GMT +1 Country Dialing Code: 33 Area Code: 1
Did You Know?
Paname is Paris' nickname in slang. It may derive from the name of Panamá (like the city) meaning enormous. In slang Parisians are also called Parigots by people outside of the city, but it's considered at least pejorative, if not an insult, so use it carefully.
The River Seine breaks the city into the Rive Droite (Right Bank) north of the river and the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) south of the river. Paris is only 6 by 7 miles/10 by 11 kilometres, which means you can walk across the capital in less than two hours.