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.

    People hiking or climbing in France should also take special care including never traveling alone, sticking to recognised routes and sharing you itinerary with other before you set off.


Once you are settled, explore the wonders of France as it is a truly beautiful country and a great place for friends and family to visit! 

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Moving to France: Passports and Visas
EU nationals do not need visas to live or work in France. Other passport holders may need to apply for appropriate visas. Visas and working papers must be obtained before you leave your home country. Residence cards are obtained after your arrival in France…

Moving to France: Climate

Southern France has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Northern and western France generally have cool winters and mild summers…

Moving to France: Buying a property

Finding a suitable home for your stay in France, whether relocating for the short term or a longer assignment, alone or with family, can be difficult and complicated. Most expatriates prefer to rent instead of purchasing property in France…

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property. 

The World of Expats Property Search tool gives access to over 75,000 properties available to buy in France.

Moving to France: Choosing a school

Foreign children living in France have a legal right to be educated at French public school. A local school offers the advantages of acquiring fluency in French, broader friendships with French children and their culture. Yet for older children learning the language and adapting to the local culture can be difficult…

Moving to France: National health care

Resident foreigners legally working in France and their families are eligible for the French national health insurance system, Sécurité sociale…

Moving to France: Everyday living

Wine and food are key elements of French culture. Add to that the best wine-growing regions in the world and you have a winning combination...

Moving to France: Social environment

The French are quite private, and their relations with people other than friends and family tend to be reserved. Nevertheless, most foreigners who live in France for extended periods make numerous friends…

Moving to France: Social customs

The French shake hands, a light grasp rather than a firm handshake, at every meeting and parting…