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Economy & Finance in France

When moving abroad, it is important to consider all eventualities and work out how your personal finances may be affected. With Europe’s third largest economy, and the household expenditure lower than the EU average, a move to France should leave expats in a relatively strong position financially. From living costs to banking options, read our guide to better understand the ins and outs of finance in France.

France has a strong economy and is an important global player when it comes to business. The nation has produced plenty of well-known international companies, and well as playing host to over 500 multinational headquarters. The cost of living in France is marginally lower than the EU average, and the average salary slightly higher, making it an attractive destination for many expats looking to advance their career and improve their quality of life. Rental prices vary greatly depending on the location, with apartments in Paris fetching extortionate prices, and houses in more rural regions costing significantly less. When it comes to managing your finances, France has plenty of banking and payment options available to suit everyone’s needs.

Banking in France: Taking Care of Your Finances

No matter how long you plan on staying in France, it always makes life a lot easier to open a local bank account. There is plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a bank to suit you, with a range of traditional high-street banks, as well as some popular internet-only banks. There are also several ways of transferring money internationally, including bank transfers and “peer-to-peer” currency exchanges — remember: different methods incur different charges. When it comes to paying for things, card payments are particularly popular among the French, accounting for over half of all the payments in France nowadays.

Cost of Living in France: Making the Most of Your Money

Although Paris is renowned for being an expensive city — currently the third most expensive in Europe — rental prices in France’s many equally as attractive towns and cities can vary greatly, and are largely significantly lower. Expat salaries are generally quite generous, but are needed in many cities to cover the living costs. On average, the household expenditure in France is slightly lower than the EU average, but remember that utility costs can vary depending on region, so it is vital to do your research before deciding on your new location. Expats should note that in France, you must pay for healthcare upfront, but, providing you are registered, the government will partially reimburse you for this expense.
Melanie S. Hamann
"InterNations Events in Lisbon are great - I love the rightfully popular events organized by our friendly Ambassador team. "
Gustavo De faz
"The quality of InterNations' members convinced me to join. And I've indeed received a very warm welcome from fellow Lisbon expats.."

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