La vie est belle for expats in France


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With an endless list of cultural experiences, expats have fallen in louvre with France

Expats certainly make the most of their time in France, immersing themselves in the country's rich heritage and lively atmosphere. Its capital city, Paris, is regularly voted as having the best, most diverse range of sights in the world. In addition, the Alps are the ideal destination for visitors who revel in the beauty of the mountains.

Although those moving to France are some of the best educated in the world, money is not their main motivation. They do not move there expecting a large salary boost, instead they take advantage of France's location on the doorstep of some of Europe's most famous sites. For international workers, the French working culture provides them with the work-life balance to enjoy their travels.

Given everything the country has to offer, it is no surprise that more and more expats are choosing to make the country their permanent home. Buying property is a key indicator of expats establishing themselves permanently somewhere and with half of those in France already owning property in the country, its long-term appeal is unmistakeable.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: Over 67 million
  • Capital city: Paris
  • Neighbouring France: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain.
  • Main languages: French is the official language, but English is spoken and understood.
  • Time: GMT+1. Clocks move forward an hour in March and back an hour in October.

Don't be shy, get out and meet people. They are all welcoming and can be very useful when dealing with utilities and bureaucracy. There is always someone to consult or talk for you with officials.

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