France is a member state of the European Union located in its western region, with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents. From the north it is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Andorra. France's overseas departments and collectivities also share land borders with Brazil and Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles.
The railway network of France is the most extensive in Western Europe. France's economy combines extensive private enterpris and government intervention.