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What do I need to know before retiring in Lille?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Lille, they said...

"Expats considering retirement in Lille, should be aware that the city offers a high standard of living with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant arts scene. It's important to understand that the cost of living in Lille is relatively lower compared to other major French cities like Paris, but still higher than in many other countries. Before moving, it's crucial to have a good understanding of the French healthcare system, which is one of the best in the world. Expats are usually eligible for state healthcare after living in France for three months, but it's advisable to have private health insurance to cover any gaps. Language can be a barrier as English is not widely spoken in Lille, so learning French will greatly enhance your experience. The city has a good public transportation system, but owning a car can be expensive due to high fuel costs and parking fees. France has a complex tax system, so it's advisable to seek professional advice to understand your tax obligations. It's also important to understand the French legal system, particularly in relation to property ownership and inheritance laws. Lille has a temperate oceanic climate with cool winters and mild summers, so it's important to be prepared for this type of weather. The city is known for its friendly locals, but it's still important to understand and respect the local customs and traditions. Finally, it's crucial to have a solid financial plan in place before retiring abroad. This should include a clear understanding of your pension rights and how your retirement income will be affected by moving to France," said a member in Lille, France.

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