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Countries that Visit France the Most

Name the countries that visited France the most in 2014.
  • Source (Excel file)
  • By number of visits. Some people visited more than once
  • Quiz by catlover2496 - Aug 18, 2017
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# Visits
Country
12.7 m
11.8 m
9.3 m
7.5 m
6.2 m
6.1 m
5.5 m
# Visits
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3.2 m
1.7 m
1.4 m
1.4 m
1.3 m
1.2 m
1.0 m
Answer Stats
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level 68
Aug 17, 2017
I thought of Luxembourg but figured it would be too small of a country. I should have learned by now to use an answer even if I think it wouldn't be logical. That has saved me in the past.
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level 39
Aug 18, 2017
Same here.
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level 65
Nov 26, 2017
The only one I missed.
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level 67
Aug 18, 2017
There aren't even that many people from Luxembourg.
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level 71
Aug 18, 2017
Yeah but the quiz states that multiple visits factor into the number per year. Luxembourgers probably go to France regularly for non-tourism reasons.
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level 56
Aug 18, 2017
Like shopping in big French box stores. Makes total sense, they're good. Nearby Germans travel to Luxembourg a lot for getting cheap fuel/gas.
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level 70
Aug 22, 2017
As the caveat says, they don't track the same person over multiple visits. However, I didn't check the source, but the usual visitor statistics count only overnight stays, so LUX is still a bit of a mystery to me.
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level 70
Sep 17, 2017
A lot of people from Luxembourg (Luxembourgians?) work in France and so visit 5 times per week.
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level 39
Aug 23, 2017
They're right next door, so I imagine that they visit pretty regularly.
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level 68
Aug 23, 2017
Well, don't forget that Luxembourgers are pretty affluent, so they can afford to go on vacations a lot.
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level 70
Aug 24, 2017
But you can drive into France from Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and Switzerland without any border controls at all - so how can these people be counted? They can't. So I do wonder how they made up these numbers.
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level ∞
Aug 25, 2017
Hotel registration?
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level 57
Sep 6, 2017
I don't speak French but Google translator helped me to understand what the source says in the headline above the chart. Those are poll results of the 31 countries who participated in 2014.
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level 53
Aug 27, 2017
Luxembourg : 590 000 inhabitants. 1,4 m visitors... Very strong !
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level 67
Sep 8, 2017
Quizzes like this really show how little Americans travel abroad. Americans always say things like "we're a big country and we have enough to see here/we're too far from other countries" etc, but Canada managed 1 million trips despite having such a tiny population.
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level 58
Sep 13, 2017
I both agree and disagree with you. Yes it is true that America is big and there is a lot to see there. I don't however believe that they think they're too far from other countries. I think it's because America, along with many other countries, is quite geographically ignorant (not saying everyone). Also notice that almost all the countries above America share a border with France.
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level 68
Nov 26, 2017
Another reason is likely the Québécois sharing a language with France, making it a very appealing destination.
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level 73
Nov 26, 2017
well there is less to see in Canada.
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level 73
Nov 26, 2017
I mean I'm not even trying to knock Canada but come on... you answered yourself in your own comment and the quote you attributed to Americans is a perfectly valid one. Think about it... if you're in the USA and you want to visit the largest amusement park in the world, the most popular gambling destination in the world, the world's largest museum complex, the biggest city or the tallest building the Western hemisphere, the oldest national park in the world, the Grand Canyon, the beaches of Miami or Waikiki, Hollywood, etc etc etc you can do all that without leaving the country. If you're in Canada and you want to go relax on a sunny beach with warm water in September... where are you going to go?

Americans are still the biggest source country for tourists around the world in spite of all this, but they are being overtaken by China.
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level 62
Dec 5, 2017
I'm always surprised at how well Australians travel on these quizzes
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level 65
Sep 17, 2017
Yes I agree it depends what is called a 'visit'. Many people travel through France because it is central to west Europe. I imagine the same way that Italy would receive >100,000 visitors a year from the Vatican if the 1,000 inhabitants nipped in and out to shop/eat/stroll 3 times a day.
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level 46
Sep 17, 2017
I didn't realize other countries visited other countries...
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level 39
Jul 8, 2018
Really?
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level 65
Sep 27, 2017
This must be based on the 1939 numbers...
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level 73
Nov 26, 2017
If you discount all the countries that are within 50 miles of France (that's the entire left column plus Luxembourg. Portugal is not much farther), the point I've made many times before about tourism numbers in Europe being unnaturally inflated by the way they define international borders and discount tourists who don't cross any becomes *incredibly* stark. Move down the list past the USA and China and you reach numbers that rival the attendance at the Iowa State Fair.
+1
level 73
Nov 26, 2017
French Guiana just occurred to me so Brazil is another country that's on this list probably just due to proximity.
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level 38
Nov 26, 2017
Yeah, we Germans live right next to France, so I guess we visit it a lot. It still means that like 15% of our People travel do France every year, which is amazing :D
+1
level 50
Nov 26, 2017
I got all others but couldn't for the life of me figure out Brazil. When you think France, Brazil isn't really the first thing that comes to mind
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level 73
Nov 26, 2017
But... when you think of countries with the most people in them... it ought to be the 5th country that you think of. That's how I got it.

Also I bet some of those visitors from Brazil are going to French Guiana, which is right next door.
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level 56
Nov 27, 2017
I'm brazilian and it is easier go to French itself than to French Guiana. Almost there is no flights to French Guiana and ways by land are difficult to reach.
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level 73
Nov 27, 2017
That's interesting. WikiTravel seems to agree with you. There is a bit on their page for French Guiana saying that people in neighboring countries will have an easier time getting to Paris than Cayenne. I tried to find stats on tourism to French Guiana but didn't have any luck.
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level 60
Jun 11, 2018
Hi Kal, these two links provide some info on tourism in French Guiana. Slightly outdated, but still a good basis. Virtually all visitors in French Guiana come from Metr. France, Martinique and Guadaloupe. Less than 10% from the rest of the world, Brazil, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium mentioned with 1% each. http://www.guyane-amazonie.fr/sites/ctguyane/files/chiffres_cles_du_tourisme_en_guyane_2015.pdf http://www.guyane-amazonie.fr/sites/ctguyane/files/enquetes_touristiques_guyane_2015_2016_recepteurs_residents_3.pdf
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level 70
Dec 17, 2017
When Brazil was Europeanizing in the 19th and 20th centuries, they tried to model themselves after France (even if the language is Portuguese). Sao Paulo was built up as basically the Paris of the Western Hemisphere. So there is a lot more cultural overlap than one would immediately think.
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