France has a long history of being a country rich in Culture, Arts, History and Entertainment. France makes for a popular destination with the Expat community, either as a permanent home or a holiday destination. Whilst Paris is the largest city on the European Continent, the French countryside has become a popular destination for long or short-term Expats abroad.
The top 5 reasons that France is a popular destination for Expats make a convincing case!
# Reason One: Low Crime Rates
With crime on the increase in the United Kingdom, many expats are drawn to France as it offers a comparatively safe living environment. For retirement age expats, personal security is an important factor when considering possible relocation. For younger families, a safer community is of paramount importance when considering the effects of an increasing crime threat within the United Kingdom
France offers a comparatively “free” living option for expats abroad, without the constant concerns and effects of crime.
# Reason Two: Cost of Living Lower than the U.K.
Despite a relatively large value added tax system on most consumer goods, France is a highly competitive global economy. Low profit margins keep the general cost of living considerably lower than the cost of living “back at home.”
The large consumer tax is also a crucial contributor to the overall safety and security within France, as well as their high quality of public healthcare and education.
# Reason Three: Good quality of life
France is well known for being one of the best cultural destinations worldwide. Its competitive economy makes for a great variety and quality of products and services on offer, at reasonable prices. With 22 different regions, France also offers a diverse cultural lifestyle, and a wide choice of communities to best suite your personal expat needs.
France continues to be a global trend setter for fashion, arts and culture, and is constantly buzzing with the latest industry leaders, celebrities and trendsetters. Consider this in addition to being a vibrant global economy with relatively low barriers to commerce, and France should be top of your list!
# Reason Four: Excellent Public Healthcare System
Public healthcare in France is the responsibility of the “l’assurancemaladie.” France’s public healthcare legislation was recently updated to become a “universal healthcare system.” This means that all residents in France, included foreigners, are covered by the public healthcare facility. This is a major advantage that France boasts over other possible destinations that expats may be considering. Especially as British residents are so accustomed to the National Healthcare Services, this is often an area that is not investigated when considering possible destinations abroad, despite it’s obvious importance.
# Reason Five: French Education Considered one of the best Internationally
France also boasts one of the top education systems worldwide. This is a major consideration for many expats comparing possible permanent relocation, either as a prospective job seeker or as parents considering their children’s future and education prospects. It is surprising to learn that in addition to being one of the top global education systems, basic education is both compulsory and free. For all residents of France, including foreigners, free basic education is available.
Excellent standards globally in both healthcare and education, as well as a safer living opportunity for the elderly and family orientated concerns, make France a compelling destination to consider when planning your future as an expat in today’s current political climate.