Success in international business is not just about you and your customers in France. Get to know the business facts of the country you are dealing with and familiarize yourself with the different business practices, cultures, customs regulations and the economy.
COUNTRY FACTS FRANCE
KEY FACTS FRANCE
66,9 Million (2017)
France is the largest country in the EU, stretching from the North Sea to the Mediterranean with a diverse landscape. The Mont Blanc in the Alps is the highest point (4810m) of Western Europe. France is the most important tourist destination in the world and one of the most modern countries. France is an important member of the European Union and a member of the G-8 and an important trading partner for the Netherlands.
Japan, the United States and China are important trading partners for France, but more than half of the trade takes place with other members of the European Union. The most important export products are food, agricultural products, machines and transport equipment, chemical products, steel and iron products and clothing.
In the French road network, péage (toll) is levied on major roads. France has an extensive rail network, including the TGV. There is also a rail link with Great Britain via the Channel Tunnel. Airports are in or near Paris, Lyon, Nice and Marseille.
Doing business in France
- The image of the Dutch businessman in France is reasonable to good. He is seen as reliable, punctual, expert and (too) entitled to his goal.
- French companies often have a tighter hierarchical structure than Dutch ones. French people like to get an organization chart of the company during a meeting.
- The younger generations speak more and more English. Yet it is still absolutely an advantage to master French
- Business lunch takes an important place in the French business community. Conversations are not primarily about matters, but about topics such as family and culture.
Bron: Rijkdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (rvo.nl)
Trade indicators France
- €36,1 billion in the Netherlands was exported (2015)
- €16,7 billion was imported to the Netherlands (2015)
- €30 million digital buyers
- World's sixth-largest econnomy
- EU's third largest economy
France and DHL Express
Since 1976, DHL Express has been operating in France. With our years of experience and extensive local network, DHL Express is your ideal partner to support your business in this important economy. Easily send your important documents and parcels with DHL Express to, for example, Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes or Bordeaux.
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France / Netherlands Transit Times
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DHL Express strives to provide accurate and reliable information. Published transit times are indicative. At www.dhl.nl you can view the current transit times. Published transit times are based on the most common transit time between two countries to direct delivery areas in the destination country. The transit time for non-direct delivery areas is available through our customer service. Published transit times may vary, among other things, due to local customs procedures in the destination country or a non-average value, size or a non-average weight of a shipment.
|New Year's Day||Jour de l’An||1 jan|
|Easter Sunday||Pâques||17 apr|
|Easter Monday||Lundi de Pâques||18 apr|
|Labor day||Fête de travail||1 may|
|WWll vicotry day||Le jour de la libération||8 may|
|Ascesionday||Jour de l’Ascension||13 may|
|Whit Sunday||Pentecôte||23 may|
|Whit Monday||Lundi de Pentecôte||24 may|
|Bastille day||Fête nationale||14 jul|
|Assumption of Mary||l’Assomption de Marie||15 aug|
|All Sain't Day||Toussaint||1 nov|
|Armistice day 1918||Jour de l’Armistice||11 nov|
|Chirstmas Day||Le jour de Noël||25 dec|
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