Tuesday, May 25, 2010

France, Paris Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: French Republic.

Location: 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.

Country Climate: Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral.

Country Terrain: Mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east.

Major Languages: French.

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 62.3 million (2008 est.) 62.6 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: 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.

Currency: Euro (EUR).

Country Inflation: 3.2% (2008 est.) 0.4% (2009 est.).

City: Paris is the capital of France and the country's most populous city.

City Economy: The diverse economy of Paris is essentially a service economy, with business and financial services generating nearly half of the Paris Region's GDP.
Cost of Living: Paris has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Paris is currently ranked 16 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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