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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in France. They wrote...

"Becoming fluent in French and being patient with the inordinate amount of time bureaucratic things take to be accomplished. Dealing with the utility companies, internet, etc. is very frustrating, as it takes months to get some things taken care of that would take hours or days in the US," explained one expat living in Roquebrun, France.

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"One of the most challenging aspects of French culture for expats is the emphasis on formality, which can be quite intimidating. Additionally, expats often face a language barrier when trying to communicate in French, even if they know the basics of the language. Furthermore, the bureaucracy in France can be overwhelming for those not used to it, with many businesses requiring paperwork and official documents signed in order to complete simple tasks. There can also be misunderstandings due to cultural differences in managing work, relationships, and personal matters. Expats must learn to adapt to the unwritten laws of social conduct and etiquette, balancing the demands of politeness with the need to express their own opinions. Finally, the costs of living in France as an expat can be high compared to other countries; expats may need to adjust their expectations and adjust their budget accordingly," said another expat in France.

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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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