France, officially the French Republic, is a country in western Europe. It extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Spain and Andorra to the south-west, and Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco to the east. As well as the European, or metropolitan, area of France, the nation includes several overseas regions and territories. The capital and most populous city is Paris, located in the north of the country.