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Old Apr 29th 2012, 6:48 pm
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We are thinking of moving to France or Spain. Employment is not an issue as we will self-employed working for non-European companies. (We realise that red tape and bureaucracy IS an issue - we would find an English-speaking accountant.)
We want to live somewhere a little tranquil but not too far from an airport.
France is nice for the green countryside; Spain attracts because of the sun.
I would love to hear people's thoughts on which country they prefer and any ideas on other European countries (not UK) gratefully received. I wondered about Croatia.

All ideas and comments (positive or negative) gratefully received!

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Old Apr 29th 2012, 9:41 pm
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I imagine you will be getting many replies as we all have our own personal preferences, but my preference bearing in mind that you prefer to live in a peaceful setting but not too far from an airport, would be around the Toulouse area. It is really pretty everywhere in that area but what's good is that you can live close to Toulouse but at the same time be in the countryside. The airport there has excellent services to Paris if you need to get international flights. It's also pretty close to the sea if you like that, and also to Cataluna if you want a change of languages, customs etc.
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Thank you - has given me something to think about and I will certainly investigate that area!
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Spain would require you to be well set in employment we have massive unemployment here - and for the past few weeks it has been colder, wetter, windier than UK

If you don't have a UK/EU driving licence then you will have to take a local test.

There are a number of downsides but many ups as well, so with careful planning Spain could be an option - nice people, great fresh food. Just be careful about the employment regulations, they are tough and costly.
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Thanks Domino - I guess we will need to compare the self-employment regulations for France and Spain. I know taxes are high in both countries.
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Originally Posted by Boris-canadabound View Post
Thanks Domino - I guess we will need to compare the self-employment regulations for France and Spain. I know taxes are high in both countries.
Hi, in France it's not just taxes, but social security contributions for both of you, not to mention the limited turnover if you decide on the Auto-Entrepreneur system, meaning that you'd probably have to be separate Auto-Entrepreneurs. Make a search on the France forum (or post there!) - you'll get more info....
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France is nice for the green countryside; Spain attracts because of the sun.
Try Navarra in northern Spain for somewhere that has green countryside and hot summers. But remember that a lot of places in both France and Spain get cold winters.
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Have you considered Portugal? There is plenty of sun and away from the coast it is very tranquil.
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Try Navarra in northern Spain for somewhere that has green countryside and hot summers. But remember that a lot of places in both France and Spain get cold winters.
I am 80k north of the CDS and it was brass monkeys here until April ! !

it isnt just the distance south towards the equator, lots of Spain are up a mountain - Granada is 750m above sea level.
but the view of the snow on the Sierra Nevada's is a real sight to remember.
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Yes, thought of Portugal but thought that it was more bureaucratic than France or Spain - have looked into it very thoroughly though I must admit. I don't mind cold as long as there is snow - I would be quite happy to continue my new-found enthusiasm for skiing and skating!
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Hi Boris,

Have you ever thought about Turkey, I know it is currently outside the EU, although they are trying to get into EU. We have had property near Fethiye in southern Turkey. The people are extremely welcoming, with 300 plus days of sunshine, with milder Winters than UK or Canada.

The cost of living is extremely reasonable compared to UK, the food is delicious as they grow much of their own fruit and vegetables. Good internet access. There is a string ex-pat community should you wish to become involved.

There are so many things to love about Turkey and currently the exchange rate is nearly 3TL to £. Bank interest rates are around 7-8%.

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Belatedly, thanks for reply, no I hadn't thought of Turkey although I know people who have spent so many holidays there that they have bought a house there. I will have to do a bit more investigating. Still dithering.
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Originally Posted by Boris-canadabound View Post
Belatedly, thanks for reply, no I hadn't thought of Turkey although I know people who have spent so many holidays there that they have bought a house there. I will have to do a bit more investigating. Still dithering.
Yes. Your username is a clue to that.
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Boris,

Thanks for your post, if I can be of any further help for Turkey please let me know. We had never thought about having a house in Turkey, however we went to stay in 2004 and loved the people and country so much it won us over.

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Yes. Your username is a clue to that.
Yes, well I do like Canada as well!
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