Switzerland Information Guide

Switzerland

Switzerland - An independent spirit has served Switzerland well. This jewel of a country has a healthy economy and a healthy lifestyle. Clean, safe and modern, Switzerland also has breathtaking mountain scenery and spectacular shining lakes.

Switzerland Discussion Forum - Latest Posts

  Article: Should You Join An Expat Club In Switzerland?
  Article: Just How High Is The Cost Of Living In Switzerland?
  Help!!! Work-life balance
  Saving money on building works in Switzerland
  Article: Expat Fairs In Geneva, Switzerland
  Expat Experience: Katrien David, Gruyère
  Article: Understanding the Languages of Switzerland
  EXPAT TV SHOW!
  Why Switzerland Can't Be Beaten for a Healthy Expat Life
  Article: Interesting Facts about Life in Switzerland

  

  5 Good Reasons You Should Move To Switzerland (And 1 Reason You Shouldn't!)


Articles - Switzerland

Switzerland is a small country with not too many natural resources; but this actually works in favor of its residents because the country invests heavily in its population, considering it to be its most important resource. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Human Capital Report, Switzerland’s investment in education, healthcare and talent is higher than any other country. If you’re not already sold on the idea of moving to Switzerland, here are five good reasons that may just seal the deal.   more ...

  Should You Join An Expat Club In Switzerland?


Articles - Switzerland

Switzerland has always been a popular expat hub because of its booming economy and high quality of life. But despite the advantages, it is natural for expats to experience culture shock or homesickness as they attempt to settle in a foreign country. Expats clubs serve as helpful aids during this transition period. Switzerland has a number of clubs and organizations that provide social support and networking opportunities for its members.   more ...

  Just How High *Is* The Cost Of Living In Switzerland?


Articles - Switzerland

Switzerland is known for many things – the fine art of watch-making, spectacular ski slopes and melt-in-the-mouth cheeses, among other things. But there’s something else for which the country is known, and that is its exorbitant cost of living. In fact, the Swiss cities of Zurich, Geneva and Bern are often ranked among the top ten expensive places in the world. Expats thinking about moving to Switzerland need to be aware about the costs of living, so that they can make adequate preparations. Remember that there may also be a few unforeseen expenses and taxes after moving there. Another important factor is that there are differences in the tax percentages and fees for certain things that vary from one region to another. The Swiss tax system is complex, as it covers 26 cantons and around 2,600 municipalities, and each of these levies its own taxes.   more ...

  Expat Fairs In Geneva, Switzerland


Articles - Switzerland

Expat Expo is an exhibition for all English speakers across Switzerland. It usually hosts five conferences each year, in Zug, Geneva, Basel, Ticino and Zurich. The next one for 2013 will take place on the 6th of October in Geneva. The exhibition plays host to over 5,000 people each time, and representatives from local businesses as well as meetup groups, information stands and voluntary initiatives convene for a day of speaking English, networking with other businesspeople and making new friends.

There are more than 400 stands around the conference, with services ranging from babywear to business tax, and if you’ve moved to Switzerland with the aim of starting your own business, this will be an excellent place to make new contacts. The purpose of the event isn’t to make sales, so if you’re running a kitchenware company, don’t expect to sell out of your best products by the end of the day. It’s more of an opportunity to get to know other expats and English speakers in the area, find people with similar interests to you, and work out how to make your life generally easier, especially if you’ve only made the transition fairly recently. If you have children, there’s also a play area complete with bouncy castle and café, where you can meet other expat families and swap tips on how to settle in to your new home country.   more ...

  Hochdeutsch, Frainc-Comtou and Ticinese: Understanding the Languages of Switzerland


Switzerland - a language lover's paradise!
Articles - Switzerland

On paper, Switzerland seems like a fantastic place to live. A top-notch public healthcare and social services system, close proximity to other major European countries, and neutrality in pretty much every war mean that even the prohibitively high tax rate might not put you off. Plus, if you studied French, German or Italian at school, you’ll be able to speak the languages, right? Right. Well, almost.

Mention that Swiss French is the same as their own dialect to any person hailing from France and you’ll probably find yourself in the midst of an onslaught. Not only are there the usual idiomatic differences in expression that spring from living in another place, there are also whole other words that drop into conversation so that even the most fluent German, Italian or French speaker can find themselves mystified by the range of new words they’re required to learn. And then there’s Romansch, a sort of convergence language sitting somewhere between French and Italian, spoken by a significant minority of the population mainly around the Grisons region.   more ...

text
 

Notify me when new content is added

Compare international moving quotes
Get expat financial advice
Meet expats in our friendly forum
Read expat experiences
Share your expat experience
Read expat articles or add your own
View expat videos or add your own
Add an expat blog to our directory
Join expat groups, clubs and societies





Get free quotes for a range of services from our trusted partners

EXPAT INSURANCE

• Leading international insurers
• Unrivalled global medical networks
• World-class 24/7 customer service
• Flexible products to meet your needs

More info

CURRENCY TRANSFERS

• Best exchange rate guarantee
• No commission
• Same day payments available
• Dedicated, professional consultants
• All bank receiving charges covered

More info

UK TAX SERVICES

• Advice for UK expat high-earners
• Also for foreign nationals paying UK tax
• Advice for expats and companies
• Over 14 years specialist experience

More info

US TAX SERVICES

• Lower rates than most US CPAs
• Over 25 years specialist experience
• Full-time expat tax professional
• For US citizens and foreign nationals

More info

US CITIZENS ABROAD

• IRA/401k management
• Over 10 years specialist experience
• Investments customized for each client
• Specialist in US expat finances

More info

EXPATS IN THE USA

• Over 10 years specialist experience
• SIPPs, IRAs, 401ks and more
• Portfolio and investment management
• Offshore investment accounts

More info

FRANCE MORTGAGES

• Wide selection of French mortgages
• Over 20 French mortgage lenders
• French banks with established presence
• Vast experience of property market

More info

EXPAT BANKING

• Apply for an international account
• Options to suit your needs
• Multi-currency accounts, savings accounts etc.
• Send and receive funds worldwide

More info