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Bergerac, Dordogne, France

Dordogne, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Dordogne, France: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Dordogne?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Dordogne, they said:

"Expats considering retirement in Dordogne should be aware of several key factors. Firstly, it's important to understand the cost of living, which can be higher than in other parts of France due to the region's popularity with tourists and expats. This includes the cost of housing, food, healthcare, and other daily expenses. Understanding the French healthcare system is also crucial. While it is known for its high quality, it can be complex to navigate, especially for those who do not speak French fluently. Expats should research their eligibility for the French healthcare system and consider private health insurance options. Language can be a barrier for some expats. While many locals and other expats speak English, it's beneficial to learn French to fully integrate into the community and make day-to-day tasks easier. There are many language schools and courses available in the region. The Dordogne region is known for its slower pace of life, which can be a significant change for those used to living in bustling cities. It's important to consider whether this lifestyle change will suit your retirement plans. The region's climate is another factor to consider. Dordogne has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters, but it can also be quite rainy, particularly in the spring and autumn. Understanding the French tax system is also important. France has a complex tax system with several different types of taxes, including income tax, wealth tax, and local taxes. It's advisable to seek professional advice to understand your tax obligations. Finally, it's important to consider your residency status. If you plan to live in France for more than half the year, you will need to apply for a long-stay visa and potentially consider becoming a French resident. This process can be complex and time-consuming, so it's advisable to start the process well in advance of your planned move," commented one expat who made the move to Dordogne.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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