Paris is the capital of France and the country's most populous city. The diverse economy of Paris is essentially a service economy, with business and financial services generating nearly half of the Paris Region's GDP. France is in Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain. Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-north-westerly wind known as mistral. Mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east. The official language is French. English is commonly spoken in major cities and in business circles. Visitors, particularly native English speakers, should try to speak at least a few words of French. Do not use the familiar 'tu' form of address unless invited to do so. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of France is a mixed economy which is the fifth largest economy in the world, by measurement of GDP (nominal), behind the United States, Japan, China and Germany. It is the second largest economy in Europe. Business in France tends to be on the formal side. It is expected to use formal terms of address such as ‘mademoiselle' for young women, ‘Madame' for other women, ‘monsieur' for men, plus the surname (for example, Madame DuPont). If a professional title is used (for example, ‘monsieur le president'), expatriates should follow the example. France has a conservative business culture, which although is changing, continues to be male dominated, particularly in large domestic companies. The security risk for expatriates in France is generally low. Risks include petty / street crime in major urban areas, especially in tourist areas, disruptions related to strikes, and particularly in recent years extremist terrorism. The population in Paris is 12.341 Mil (2015 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.1% (2015 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Paris, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Paris as at 1 January 2016 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Average 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Paris is for example 79% more expensive than Republic of Georgia for groceries, 25.5% more expensive for household costs than Tbilisi, and 4.8% more expensive for transport costs than Germany. The hardship premium for Paris for an expat from Thessaloniki, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Paris) premium of 10% minus home (Thessaloniki) location premium of 10%. Paris is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Paris? Register subscribe to your home location and Paris and run your personalised reports.