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Does anyone have an idea of what a general monthly budget might be in Corsica excluding rent (if the dwelling is owned)? I mean on the local level, not expat luxury level. I believe everything is about 15% more than the mainland, but I have no idea what that is now either.

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Does anyone have an idea of what a general monthly budget might be in Corsica excluding rent (if the dwelling is owned)? I mean on the local level, not expat luxury level. I believe everything is about 15% more than the mainland, but I have no idea what that is now either.
surely someone can help this person out this question was asked over a year ago, I thought this was an expats forum, I asked a basic question about corsica in august and have had no reply, not much of a forum!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Very few posts here go unanswered. Corsica isn't a hotbed of expat activity, at least as far as this forum is concerned, so I think you can safely assume that region-specific questions on costings will only receive a response if someone actually has some information to provide on the topic.

With respect to your own post along similar lines, the same applies. The only general question you asked that someone might have been able to help with referred to your eligibility for health care - however you provided no extra information such as age, employment or other sources of income, length of stay in Corsica each year, etc.

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<<< I thought this was an expats forum, I asked a basic question about corsica in august and have had no reply, not much of a forum!!!!!!!!!!!! >>>

Maybe A) no-one knew the answer B) If there's nothing to say, don't say it.

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<<< I thought this was an expats forum, I asked a basic question about corsica in august and have had no reply, not much of a forum!!!!!!!!!!!! >>>

Maybe A) no-one knew the answer B) If there's nothing to say, don't say it.
Oy Oy calm down peoples ....

We are just yesterday back from Corsica where we are in the process of buying our second French home - no, we're not mega rich, it's just that I've recently received a 200-oddK inheritance and I want to protect it from French inheritance tax when I leave it to my daughter, so am buying the property (aka hovel) in her name, but I will get the income. We intend to run it as a gite when we've done all the work but also to use it ourselves. More info on that as and when ..

It seems very few people know much (or are telling) about Corsica, and it was in my recent search that I stumbled on this forum at all. But on the basis of limited info, I'll share what I've learnt since June:

administratively, nothing differs from mainland France
non-French and non-Italians are actively welcomed if - and only if - they want to accept Corsica is Corsican (not French) and want to integrate. Many Corsicans speak English quite competently as it is the language most used with tourists, but it is inordinately useful to have decent French as well
general cost of living is marginally higher I think for everyday groceries and petrol, but eating out is cheaper or comparable and cigarettes are 20% cheaper !
Utilities and taxes foncieres etc seem comparable or less than here in peasant Auvergne
Hotels are extortionate, gites and B&B are slightly higher than internal mainland France, but campsites are reasonable and seem well-appointed
Property prices - well just do a search on the web and you can make your own comparisons, but, in theory, they can be ca. 30% higher than the mainland. DIY materials and skilled tradespeople are variable (as they are everywhere) - research is the key. However, away from the coast (as in the mountains, where we are buying, not far off the GR20 route) much is done on a barter of skills and/or resources = as long as you integrate HUMBLY! In particular, in the mountains, because they are so scared of the mountain villages dying through the youngsters going to the coast or "le Continent", they have been supremely welcoming to us.

The worst - although that's relative - thing I have found is the condition & width of the mountain roads - scary scary lol, so am planning to buy a donkey to get around on (no, not really - well, maybe), but a teeny weeny narrow all-terrain buggy. Since the very very max speed on those kinds of roads is about 60kph, and a Ligier can do that, I think that's on the cards. If there were any 3-wheel Messerschmidts still around, that would be perfect.

Anyway, that's some of what we've found, if it's of any use/interest.

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However, away from the coast (as in the mountains, where we are buying, not far off the GR20 route) much is done on a barter of skills and/or resources = as long as you integrate HUMBLY!
Indeed! A close friend of mine is Corsican (very). Although I have never visited the place, I can add that on the basis of his entirely impartial point of view, Corsica is clearly the most spectacularly beautiful place in the world, with the most intelligent, wise and humble inhabitants .

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Indeed! A close friend of mine is Corsican (very). Although I have never visited the place, I can add that on the basis of his entirely impartial point of view, Corsica is clearly the most spectacularly beautiful place in the world, with the most intelligent, wise and humble inhabitants .
From our equally impartial viewpoint (about-to-be-at-least-part-time-resident!), we concur.

We add that the Corsicans are very well aware that "Corsica is clearly the most spectacularly beautiful place in the world, with the most intelligent, wise and humble inhabitants" and will happily tell you so if you ask

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Budget in Corsica is depending on size and consuming habits, travel period and bank robbery skills....

Food items: local farm products are usually cheaper than in France (except high season and some, on the luxury side, are outrageously overpriced), sea food is generally same price for instance, imported food items are more expensive (15-30%). Buying food on markets might be a good idea.
- all the rest is imported
- traveling: expensive and long
- services: same price, with some exceptions
- health: usually same prices, with some discrepancies for medecines

thank you

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