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What do I need to know before retiring in Marseille?

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

"Expats considering retirement in Marseille, 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, especially for housing in the city center. You should also be aware of the healthcare system in France. While it is highly regarded, you will need to ensure you have the correct insurance or funds to cover any medical costs. Language can be a barrier for some, as not everyone in Marseille speaks English. Learning French or at least basic phrases can greatly enhance your experience. Marseille has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, which can be a significant change if you're from a cooler climate. The city is known for its rich history, diverse culture, and delicious cuisine, particularly seafood. However, like any city, it has areas that are safer than others, so it's important to research neighborhoods thoroughly. Public transportation is widely available in Marseille, but the system can be complex to navigate initially. Finally, France has a complex tax system that can affect your pension and other income, so it's advisable to seek advice from a financial advisor familiar with both your home country's tax system and that of France," said another expat in Marseille, France.

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