Nearly 50 million visitors a year flock to Paris to see what the fuss is all about, to know if the Paris in their imaginations is the same one that those who have been there or those who live there love so much.
The French capital is truly a global city, hosting the headquarters of 37 Fortune 500 companies, as well as numerous global economic and humanitarian organizations. The urban area in Paris is biggest city economy in Europe, next only to London, and produces more than 25% of total GDP of France. There is no shortage of options for work and play for expats.
Expats relocating the City of Lights will find it as one of the world’s easiest cities to navigate. Paris is divided into 20 districts and is fairly flat. The city climate is pleasant – temperature rarely peaks above 25-degree Celsius in summer and rarely drops below freezing in winter. The summer months in Paris are a tourist season – almost out of nowhere, an exodus of foreigners dominate the city.
Expats will love Paris because of the good food. There are hundreds of restaurants that celebrate the culinary culture in France. Opting for a meal of the day or set menu can cost you as little as 15 euros, while having a meal in a tourist trap restaurant can cost you around 70 euros. The cost of food and service in many of tourist trap establishments are insanely high.
The efficient public transport in Paris is one of the many deciding factors that people consider before moving to the city. The excellent public transport in the city has an extensive system of trains and buses. Paris also has a bicycle system called Velib. A car in the city is one of the luxuries that only status seekers and businessmen desire.
Paris remains one of the top destinations for expats because of the many things that it offers: good education and health systems, pulsating nightlife, world-class entertainment, rich culture and history, delectable cuisine, breathtaking architecture, and shopping.
Paris is a city that expats will never forget. As Hemingway puts it, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”