Orleans is situated in the northwest of France, and is the capital of the Centre region of the country. It is located on the Loire River, which provides the city with beautiful scenery, as well as being a part of the Loire Valley. The city is known by its nickname as ‘la cité de Jeanne’ which translates to ‘The city of Joan’, in tribute to Joan of Arc, who liberated the city as part of the Siege of Orleans during the 100 Years War. The city has a fantastic history and expats living in Orleans will be able to take advantage of attractions such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans and others as well as outdoor spaces like the Parc Floral de la Source which attracts many tourists each year. The city is also home to a number of sports teams, with basketball, football and martial arts being popular in French Orleans.
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The city is a great location both in terms of scenery and culture, and expatriates moving to Orleans will find that the cost of living is lower than in many of the other major French cities such as Paris and Nice. Orleans has an oceanic climate which means that summers tend to be hot with plenty of sunshine whilst winters are much cooler. Getting around the city is easy for expats relocating to Orleans, with a number of bus routes operating in the city as well as two tram lines. The city is easily connected to other parts of France including Paris, Lille and others via rail or road. To get more information about moving to and living in Orleans, expatriates can benefit from joining InterNations, a platform for a continuously growing online expat community where members can connect and share vital information about moving to new locations and seek advice about topics such as housing, education and more.
Expatriates working in Orleans will find that there are a number of opportunities across different industries. Whilst agriculture and horticulture have experienced a decline in the area in recent decades, these industries are still present. The most common form of employment nowadays, however, is in the services industry, and because of the city’s location of being roughly an hour away from Paris, it is an attractive center for businesses. Expats in Orleans who are seeking work will find that the healthcare, education, manufacturing and technology sectors are also major employers as well as a number of leisure and retail opportunities. If you are an expatriate looking to work in Orleans, you may find that the InterNations website is a valuable resource for helping you to find work or find out about the city in general, thanks to its large member base willing to help and share information. You may find that using the networking and socializing opportunities InterNations provides can help you to settle into your new life in Orleans and ease the stress of relocating to a foreign country.