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London and Paris
Two of the largest, the most important, most famous, most powerful cities in the world. I mean, they both really are kind of a big deal. London is both the capital and largest city of England and the entire United Kingdom. Paris, is both the capital and largest city of France. Both cities not only dominate the culture of their countries, but dominate the culture of the entire continent of Europe.
In terms of metropolitan areas, London is bigger. The London commuter belt has just over 14 million people, while the Paris metropolitan area has over 12.5 million people. So London is basically around 21% of the UK’s population and Paris is basically around 19% of France’s population.
The two cities are just 284 miles, or 457 kilometers apart, and there are probably more options than you realize for ways to go back and forth between the two. You can fly. You can take a train and ferry across. You can drive all the way. Wait...huh? Drive?!? Well, kind of, thanks to the Chunnel, an underground tunnel underneath the English Channel. Channel plus tunnel equals Chunnel. What you really do with your car, though, is drive it onto a train, which then carries you through the Chunnel. The quickest way to get between Paris and London is a train that goes straight through the Chunnel. The journey only takes 2 and a half hours.
Both are two of the most visited cities in the world. After Bangkok, Thailand, London is the second-most visited city in the world and Paris is the third-most visited city in the world. Both have horrendous traffic, although it doesn’t seem to be as bad in London. But yeah try not to drive if you go to either one.
Both are two of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. However, the cost of living is lower in London compared to Paris. And yeah, both are among the wealthiest cities in the world. In terms of GDP, London is ranked 5th and Paris is 6th.
Both are financial capitals of the world, although London is uh, more, yeah. The main industries of both are the service industries. Especially, the professional services in London and commerce in Paris.
Both have lots of universities but London arguably has the highest concentration of prestigious universities in the world. Both have a bike sharing system.