Top 6 reasons to live in Paris

Considering a move to Paris? If so, you probably know all about the fantastic opportunities and experiences that the city has to offer, but here are a few things to refresh your memory.  

  • A great work-life balance culture

Who doesn’t want to live in a city where the overriding opinion tends to be ‘work to live not live to work’? In Paris, the standard work week is 35-40 hours, but this includes long lunch breaks and an attractive 30 days of holiday entitlement per year, not including bank holidays (there are 11). However, this does not mean that the French aren’t hard workers. According to the OECD, they produce more GDP per hour than Germany.

  • An impeccable standard of cuisine

Anyone who has imagined living in Paris has probably thought about the incredible cuisine that’s on offer there. The city has some of the best restaurants in the world thanks to their appreciation of food. It is a country where you’ll find over 350 types of cheese, mouth-watering boulangerie goods such as croissants and pastries and not forgetting bottles and bottles of good quality wine.

  • Your taxes will go to good use

French citizens allocate around 30% of their income into welfare and social redistribution including rent subsidies for young people and childcare allowances. In time, you should both notice and reap the rewards of your tax contributions that go toward first-rate healthcare, excellent transport systems and an overall way of life that can only be purchased privately in countries such as the UK and America.

  • International travel opportunities

Paris is in a good location for those who want to spend some time travelling internationally. From Paris, it’s only a 2-hour train journey on the Eurostar to London, or you can get an overnight bus to northern Spain or visit Amsterdam for the weekend. You can do all of this via transport that doesn’t involve flying.  

  • It’s one big cultural hotspot

There are 20 arrondissements in Paris, and each one has its own certain charm and uniqueness that is hard to replicate in other European countries. Even though it’s a relatively small city (a short journey on the Metro will get you from one end to the other) Paris is teeming with museums, art galleries, historic buildings and iconic landmarks that don’t just keep the tourists amused. Plus, if you’re under 25 and have an EU passport, many of Paris’ cultural activities are free. Don’t worry, though; free culture is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, on the first Sunday of every month.

  • A breath of fresh air while still in the city

There are plenty of areas in the city that provide you with respite from the hustle and bustle. The Luxembourg Gardens is a quiet spot with hidden orchards and the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont has grottos, waterfalls and cliffs that will make you feel as if you’ve left the city.

If you think that investing in a property in Paris could be for you, why not consider your options with an overseas mortgage from a company such as Enness International?

Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.

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