Marseille is on the south east coast, and is the third-largest urban area in France, after those of Paris and Lyon. Marseille is a major French centre for trade and industry, with excellent transportation infrastructure; roads, airport, and Frances largest sea port. 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. The climate is generally cool in winter and mild in summer, but with mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean. 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 currency of France is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Credit cards are widely accepted. The standard of healthcare in France is good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Marseille is 1.8 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 0.7% for France as at October 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for France is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 45%. Note: For income tax purposes, France covers mainland France, the coastal islands and Corsica; and overseas départements (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion and Mayotte).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Marseille is as follows: Marseille as at 1 October 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$680 2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1130 3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$240 4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$24300 5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$1625 6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$730 7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$600 8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2400 9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$375 10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$190 11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$340 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$790 13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$900 Marseille is 13% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 13.2% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 52.2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Marseille for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Marseille) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Marseille is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Marseille? Register subscribe to your home location and Marseille and run your personalised reports.