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  Switzerland – Five Recommended Expat Blogs


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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Switzerland and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Europe Diaries
http://europediaries.com/

The blog of an expat from India who now lives by the Rhine, Europe Diaries is a comprehensive guide to moving to Switzerland and all the different experiences a new expat can expect to have there. Featuring local traditions such as the Basel carnival and the Heidelberg castle illuminations, Europe Diaries really gives a feel for what it's actually like to live in Switzerland. There are also posts about being an expat in general, from the joys of discovering English books in a foreign bookshop to how to get by when you don't speak the local language.   more ...

  Ten Finance Tips When Moving To Switzerland


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Expats living and working in Switzerland are required to pay Swiss taxes. The taxation system in Switzerland is complex as the 26 cantons and almost 2300 municipalities levy different taxes. Managing your money in a different country can seem daunting, so to make things simpler here are ten finance tips that should come in handy when moving to Switzerland.

1. Commercial companies in Switzerland are not exempt from taxation. If you are working for one of them, you are liable to pay taxes. But the other factor that can affect your income tax bracket is the location you choose to live. It is cheaper to live in some cantons such as Fribourg, Uri, Glarus and Appenzell Innerrhoden, while cantons like Geneva, Basel-Stadt, Vaud, Basel-Land and Zurich can be very expensive.   more ...

  5 Experiences You Must Try As an Expat in Switzerland


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Switzerland is a country with a lot of diversity and it is an extremely popular destination with a lot to offer travellers. Living in Switzerland is however quite different from holidaying in Switzerland. This obviously holds true for most countries, but it’s something that most expats tend to forget because it is easy to get overwhelmed with the natural beauty of the Swiss countryside and the prospect of outdoor adventures. The country has huge expat population and English is widely spoken in cities like Zurich, but it always helps to learn the local languages like Swiss, German, French and Italian, depending on which part of the country you move to. So, before you look for things to do, get started by enrolling in your nearest language institute.
Switzerland has a lot to offer to expats and once you do settle in there’s a lot that you can do.   more ...

  Dealing With Culture Shock In Switzerland - Some Advice For New Expats


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Switzerland’s cultural and linguistic diversity makes it easy for most European expats to settle down and assimilate. Nevertheless, culture shock is an inescapable reality that any expat has to deal with when moving to a new country. Dealing with culture shock is never easy but a simple way to reduce it is to familiarize yourself with the customs and practises of the country. Here are a few things to keep in mind about living in Switzerland:

Language

Switzerland has 4 official languages – not one of them is English! French, German, Italian and Romansh are the four national languages and approximately 65% of the population speaks German. However, English is a very widespread language, especially in tourist areas.   more ...

  Why Moving To Switzerland Will (Probably) Make You Happier


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Moving to a new place is always pretty tough, but it should be a no-brainer if the move is to anywhere in Switzerland! While Switzerland may be a pretty expensive country to live in and that may seem daunting to most, the truth is, if you do move to Switzerland on work, you will be paid well. Minimum-wage or “wage slave” jobs, as we refer to them in the rest of the world, do not exist in Switzerland, and no matter what service someone performs, you can be sure that they will be paid fairly for it. This is part of the reason for the higher cost of living. Switzerland also invests greatly in the health, education, and welfare of its population, which is why almost all global prosperity, health, happiness and economic reports put Switzerland at pole position.   more ...

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