Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. There are numerous iconic landmarks among its many attractions, along with world famous institutions and popular parks.
Paris is the capital city of France. It is situated on the Seine river, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris within its administrative limits has an estimated population of 2,167,994 (January 2006). The Paris aire urbaine (or metropolitan area) has a population of nearly 12 million, and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.