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Moving to France
What you need to know about living in France
Planning a move to France? This elegant European nation is the perfect place for ex-pats to start a new life. With an array of cosmopolitan cities, quaint villages, and stunning landscapes, there’s no doubt that France is a land of immense variété. Whether it’s the busy streets of Paris or the calming shores of the French Riviera, people always find their groove in France.
Timezone UTC +1
Driving: on the right side
Dialing code: +33
Population: 67 million
The cost of moving to France
There are many different things to think about when you’re planning on moving to France, not least dealing with how to relocate your belongings. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. There are multiple options for international removals to France. The cost of moving to France depends on the shipment size and its urgency.
Visa regulations for France
For the EU and the EEA citizens planning to relocate to France, there are no visa requirements to live and work in France.
For detailed information, check all visa requirements with your local French consulate or embassy.
Did you know that most people rent, rather than buy, their accommodation in France? This is great for ex-pats as there are lots of rental choices, including different types of houses in rural areas and apartments if you are living in a city. For instance, if you decided not to move your household goods with you, it is possible to find furnished houses and apartments for rent in France.
Furnished apartments tend to be rather old, however, and unfurnished places provide greater legal protection and a longer minimum lease—typically three years.
You can rent a one-bedroom apartment for around €600 per month. If you are moving to France with your family, a three-bedroom accommodation will cost about €1000 per month.
LIVING IN FRANCE
The cost of living in France
The cost of living in France is one of the most crucial aspects to be considered for anyone planning to move to this country. The amount spent on meals, living, and traveling varies mainly between individuals, and cities they are residing in.
The monthly recommended amount you should budget for groceries is between 100-300 EUR (110-330 USD). Domestic beer is around 1.54 EUR (2 USD) for half a liter while anything imported will naturally be more expensive. In France, dining out for two, at a mid-range restaurant can be roughly 50 EUR (57 USD) for a three-course meal. Expect to pay an average of 6 EUR (7 USD) for a mid-range bottle of wine.
For all the basics which include electricity, gas, water, and garbage, costs are roughly 140 EUR (158 USD) per month. For the internet, expect to pay about 30 EUR (34 USD) for unlimited data.
The education system in France
France is known for having one of the best education systems in the world. With a nationally set curriculum and high academic standards, France’s school system offers traditional methods of learning.
In France, the state provides free, secular education, which is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 to 16.
In France, the school year runs from September to July of the next year. There are five main holidays or holiday periods for students every year: All Saints, Christmas, winter, Easter/spring, and summer break.
The School-Age System in France
All legal residents who meet residency requirements (meaning a person who has lived in France for three months with the intention of staying in the country for another three months minimum), including ex-pats, can benefit from the healthcare system and health insurance scheme in France.
France’s universal hybrid healthcare system is considered one of the best in the world, with high-quality medical care. In France, healthcare costs are paid for by both the state and the individual.
Driving in France
You must have a valid driving license issued in an EU or EEA country to drive a vehicle in France. If you hold a non-European license, you can drive in France for up to one year with an International Driving Permit or your local driving license translated into French.
LIVING IN FRANCE AS AN EX-PAT
What else to expect?
Living in France is sometimes directly associated with living in Paris and its many cultural and historical spots. Meanwhile, there are many other culturally diverse and unique cities such as Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice, Lille, etc.
While the right to strike is a privilege granted to workers in France, it may turn into an inconvenience for city residents.
If you need to renew your residence permit card, for instance, be prepared to apply beforehand and collect all the necessary documents. French bureaucracy is very tough, indeed, but there is practically no way to escape.
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