Saint-Pierre and Miquelon pose very few health threats. Be warned that the weather is often very chilly and a sweater comes in handy, even during the summer months. If a serious injury should occur, there is a small hospital located in the town of Saint-Pierre. Patients who require special treatment are usually sent to larger, better-equipped hospitals in Canada.
Unlike virtually everywhere else in North America, the power mains voltage is mostly 220V. If you're from a 110-120V country e.g. Canada, USA, note that a euro-plug adaptor which doesn't down-convert the voltage will cause your appliance to burn out very quickly. Don't bring electric clocks or motorized appliances unless they can also be operated with batteries or the manufacturer's name plate specifically states both 50 and 60 Hz. See the Electrical systems article for more information. Note that a few bed & breakfast inns have 110V with North American outlets, though the frequency is still the European 50 Hz affects clocks and motors.
The French spoken in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is very similar to that spoken in Normandy, Brittany, and Paris. The islanders are quite proud of their linguistic heritage.
Due to its proximity to English-speaking Canada, Saint-Pierre has become a popular destination for anglophone students wishing to become immersed in French language and culture.
The islands have a specialized language teaching facility named the FrancoForum, owned and operated by the local government in Saint-Pierre. Staffed by professional French instructors, the institute offers a variety of courses for both students and teachers wishing to improve their fluency.
The FrancoForum is best known for hosting Le Programme Frecker, a 3-month French immersion program offered to students at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. The program, which began in 1975, was originally housed in a small building at the center of town. In 2000, an agreement was reached with the Conseil Général in Saint-Pierre to relocate the program to the newly built FrancoForum.