Quality of life is why expats choose France

France continues to be a country chosen by expats who are looking for a good quality of life rather than large financial rewards, a survey* into people living abroad in 46 countries has found.

‘Improving my quality of life’ was the main reason for moving to France for 49% of the 502 people quizzed from France. Other top reasons cited were ‘for a new challenge’ (35%) and ‘to retire’ (30%).

And while France comes only halfway down HSBC’s rankings for all criteria combined, it is fourth for a good work/home life balance, with three-quarters of expats saying it is better in France than in their country of origin.

France is third for ‘health’, with more than half saying their health is better in France than in their country of origin. It is sixth ...

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