What the French Know (and We Don’t) About Why Life in France is Better

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Healthcare

The United States has been ranked last in the quality of its health care system among similar countries by The Commonwealth Fund, and third to last in a 2013 Bloomberg study.

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Housing

Housing is reasonable and generally affordable. Excluding apartments in Paris’ most fashionable areas, you’ll certainly see two-bedroom rentals offered for $1,500 to $2,000 a month. It’s possible to find one-bedroom apartments in pleasant neighborhoods for $1,200 monthly, but they will be quite small. If you’d be happy with a studio apartment in Paris, expect it to cost about $1,000 a month.

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Education

Higher education is dirt cheap. You can get your BA or BS for just €181 ($225) per year and enroll in post-graduate studies for €250 ($310) a year! Engineering schools are a bit more pricey with an annual tuition fee of €596 and obtaining a Ph.D. in France will cost you €380 for each year of studies. Private colleges (think law and medical schools) cost more, however are still rather affordable with prices ranging from €3.000 to €10.000 per year.

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Childcare

Childcare and preschool services are covered entirely by the government.

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Culture

The Louvre. Musee de Orsay. Notre Dame. Le Marais. Montmartre. The Eiffel Tower. High fashion. Theatre and ballet. Gothic architecture. So much history.

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Food

France has some of the most Michelin-starred restaurants on Earth, so it’s no surprise that it’s a haven for foodies. It’s also a country known throughout the world for having incredible food in general. From Coq au Vin (famous French Stew) to Croque Monsieur, Bouillabaisse (famous seafood dish), pain au chocolate, and baguette, French food is where it’s at.

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