Living in France
Thousands of Britons move to France every year, and tens of thousands spend their holidays there. France is said to be the tourist hotspot of Europe, ranking even before Spain, and is an attractive country to relocate for the English. These figures are not at all surprising, if one thinks of the diverse and rich culture, varied landscape, the sunnier climate and even the sheer proximity of France to England.
France is situated in Western Europe, and is a major economic, cultural and military influence in Europe and the world. It is regarded as one of the most developed countries, with the fifth largest economy in the world. The population enjoys a very high standard of living, one of the world's highest life expectancies, an excellent health care system and high education levels. France can also boast an extremely rich culture - just think of the Louvre or the Loire Valley Castles, and a variety of unique cities to move to.
Whether you are planning to move to one of the centres of continental Europe, Paris, the European capital of culture, fashion, and luxury, or move to a relaxed seaside resort with a sunny and warm climate, France is the perfect place to move. France's diversity will surely satisfy you, whatever you are looking for, and you will definitely enjoy great food, and a varied and rich culture.
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Tips For Moving to and Living in France
For most EU citizens, a residence permit is not a legal requirement for work.
The official language of France is French, and it is best to try to learn some basic French or brush up on your knowledge before going there. No matter how little French you speak, if you make an effort, you will be welcomed and respected.
The French public health care system is one of the best in the world, so before paying for a private insurance find out if you are entitled to health cover under the public system.
If you are taking your car to France, you must register it with the French authorities. You may have to modify your car to conform to French standards.
Living costs in France will depend on your chosen city. If you are moving to Paris, or the Riviera, costs can be higher than in the UK, while the north is relatively inexpensive.
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Interesting Facts about France
- Almost 20% of the territory of France lies outside Europe.
- French was the official language of England between the 11th and 15th centuries.
- The Tour De France cycle race is approximately 2,200 miles long.
- France has won the most Nobel Prizes in literature of any country.
- The 'French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizen' from 1789 is the world's first universal declaration applying to human rights.
- The Alsace region of France has belonged to both Germany and France over the years, and the local dialect is closely related to Swiss German.
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