France at a Glance

So you are moving to France

A country of high culture, beautiful historical buildings and great mountains.

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. France is often the most popular tourist destination in the world. France remains a popular expat destination, with an estimated 150,000 Brits and over 100,000 Americans living in France.
  2. Northern and western France generally have cool winters and mild summers. Autumns are rainy, and winters come early. Whereas Southern France has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The mountains in the Southeast are snowy and offer excellent skiing.
  3. EU nationals do not need visas to live or work in France. If you are from outside the EU you can generally visit for up to 90 days, but you will need a visa if you plan to work or live in the country,
  4. Dinner in France does not usually begin until at least 8pm. It tends to be the main meal of the day and is eaten at a leisurely pace with a glass of wine.
  5. French is the first language of nearly 90% of the population. Of those that speak minority languages most also speak French. In various regions there are several regional dialects spoken. Arabic is spoken by just under 2% of the population and other immigrant languages from the former French colonies are also spoken
  6. French property prices have continued to fall in recent year and relatively flat or even negative growth is expected over the next decade.
  7. With 64.6 million inhabitants France has Atlantic, English Channel and Mediterranean coastlines and land borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France, and Andorra. It includes the Island of Corsica.
  8. France’s currency is the Euro.
  9. France has the 5th largest economy in the world and is second in Europe only to Germany. It is strong in a diverse range of industries from agriculture to defence.
  10. In addition to the threat to all western countries from Islamic Extremism, France faces internal threats from nationalist groups in Corsica.


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