Nantes is a beautiful city in the west of France, situated on the Loire River and surrounded by some stunning scenery. It is the sixth largest city in France and is known by its nickname as “La cité des Ducs de Bretagne” which means “The City of the Dukes of Brittany’, of which it used to be the capital, although it separated from Brittany in the 18th century. Nantes is regarded as a fantastic city to live in, with a rich culture as well as being an important business center for the region. For expatriates living in Nantes, there are many sights to see including the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, which is home to the city’s History Museum as well as the Cathedral of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul, a Gothic cathedral which was completed in 1891. Nantes also has a wide range of museums and other landmarks as well as parks and gardens. The city has plenty to offer expats living in Nantes in terms of arts and music, with multiple cinemas, theaters, music venues and more, whilst the city is also home to the FC Nantes football team.
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Nantes was once named by Time as being ‘the most livable city in Europe’, and is especially popular with expats. The standard of living is high and the wages are considered high whilst there is plenty to offer in terms of culture and scenery. The city is known for its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions as well as having an effective and well regarded public transport system, consisting of a large tram network, buses as well as trains. It is easy to travel to other areas of France via air, rail or road. Cycling is also very popular in Nantes because of its location near the Loire Valley and the city has a number of cycling rental schemes in operation. Education is highly regarded in the city and expatiates moving to Nantes will find there are a number of specialist schools as well as an international school and the Université de Nantes.
Many expats working in Nantes will find themselves employed in the city’s business district, Euronantes, which is where a number of retail and leisure areas are based as well as a number of businesses and offices. With education as a major employer in the city, other areas which expatriates working in Nantes may find opportunities in include manufacturing, finance and engineering. For more detailed information about working in Nantes, any expat in Nantes can benefit from joining the InterNations platform where they can connect with expats from over 190 different nationalities in order to share information and advice as well as find out general information about being an expatriate in France. Get answers to your questions from fellow expats living in Nantes on topics such as education, travel, work or housing in order to get a more informed view of what it’s like to move to Nantes.