There are many French and foreign banks in Strasbourg. These are generally open from 9am to 6pm, from Monday to Friday. Most close for lunch between half past noon and 2pm.
If you need to exchange currency, you can either go to a bank or an exchange bureau (bureau de change). These establishments are free to set their own exchange rates, which fluctuate on a daily basis. In addition to the exchange rate, you also need to pay a commission which varies according to the establishment concerned.
The many ATMs (cashpoint machines) enable you to withdraw euros 24 hours a day using your international bankcard. The machines provide a choice of languages, including French, English, German and sometimes other languages. Please check with your bank to find out how much commission they will charge and details of any withdrawal limits which may apply.
Spring (March 21 to June 21)
Although sometimes highly changeable, spring is generally mild and bright in Alsace with a few showers and cold spells. The snow-covered peaks of the Vosges contrast with the greenery of the meadows. During May, nature really comes into bloom, brightening up the countryside and announcing the arrival of summer.
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Health Insurance & Hospitals
The French health care system is one of universal health care largely financed by government national health insurance. Approximately 77% of health expenditures are covered by government-funded agencies. Most general physicians are in private practice but draw their income from the public insurance funds.
As always, health insurance is highly recommended. You’ll have to pay at the time for any healthcare you receive, whether at a hospital or a surgery, and while costs for a straightforward doctor’s consultation aren’t too stringent, having an insurance policy in place brings real peace of mind.
In France, pharmacists can evaluate your situation, treat some illnesses, and make the appropriate calls (such as calling an ambulance). And you’ll get a better response if you show up in a medical care if they call for you rather than if you just showed up.
If the pharmacy is closed, they usually list on the door another pharmacy in the neighborhood that’s open.
Hautepierre Hospital - Medical and surgical emergency
Strasbourg main hospital
The official language of the International Meeting on Radiation Processing will be English. We do not foresee simultaneous translation.
While today the people of Alsace all speak French, the historic Germanic culture of the city of Strasbourg is tangible, and indeed part of the city's identity. Many signs are written up in both French and Alsatian (a dialect of German), or sometimes just in Alsatian; and signs on many historic buildings are written up using the classically German Gothic script.
The International Irradiation Association, its Organizing Committees and Professional Congress Organizer shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered participants of the 19th International Meeting on Radiation Processing.
Sales Tax - VAT
VAT (Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée - TVA) is a consumption tax paid on certain goods and services purchased in France and is included in the sales price of these goods and services. There are four rates of VAT in France :
- 20%: This is the standard rate.
- 10%: This applies to restaurants, transport, renovation/improvement works and certain medical drugs.
- 5.5%: This applies to food, water and non alcoholic beverages, books, special equipment for the disabled and school canteens, some entertainment events and some domestic personal services.
- 2.1%: Special rate - applies to medical drugs reimbursed by the French social security, TV licenses, the sale of live animals, press publications and certain entertainment events.
Service is already included in the restaurant and hotel bills. However, if the service has been satisfactory then a tip equal to around 5 to 10 % of the value of the bill will certainly be appreciated.