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Ten Swiss Foods Expats Need To Try

Friday May 06, 2016 (10:23:25)
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Some countries are famous for their cuisine: the spicy servings of India, the delicate dishes of France and the hearty fare of the UK. But Switzerland has more of a reputation for cuckoo clocks and yodelling than for its food.

The alpine nation is seen as a bastion of efficient financial services and a haven for snow-loving adrenaline junkies. Sat in the heart of the European continent, Switzerland shares borders, traditions and recipes with its neighbours.   more ...

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Ten Swiss Winter Activities That Aren't Skiing

Wednesday March 16, 2016 (13:13:02)
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Mention the words “Switzerland” and “winter” in the same sentence, and there’s a high chance that almost anyone you’re talking to will immediately think of skiing on snow-covered Swiss mountains. Outsiders tend to imagine the whole of Switzerland as a snowy wonderland all through the winter, even though a considerable part of the country enjoys a moderate climate, and the southern tip can be described as nearly Mediterranean.   more ...

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Interview With Stephen Baird, Headteacher, Geneva English School

Friday December 11, 2015 (16:48:55)
Stephen Baird
Stephen, you're Headmaster at the Geneva English School. Tell us a bit about your role - what does your day-to-day routine look like?

There is a lot of routine to the role of Headmaster but plenty that isn’t. For instance, we have a dressing-up celebration today for a local Geneva annual celebration and this year our theme is ‘pyjama day’. So, I am dressed as a giant banana in blue and white striped pyjamas!   more ...

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Things To Consider As An Expat Moving To Switzerland

Wednesday June 24, 2015 (01:45:23)

Switzerland often tops the list of the best places in the world for expats to live in because of its high standard of living, low crime rate, booming economy, modern infrastructure, scenic beauty and natural resources. However, life in this country isn’t ideal for everyone. There are a few aspects that a foreigner should carefully consider before making the decision to move to this Alpine State.

Learning the languages

There are 4 national languages in Switzerland and English isn’t one of them. More than 65% of the Swiss speak German, and the type of German differs from the language you would hear in Germany itself.   more ...

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Switzerland – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Friday April 24, 2015 (17:20:20)

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

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 ...

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Ten Finance Tips When Moving To Switzerland

Tuesday April 21, 2015 (03:06:03)

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 ...

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5 Experiences You Must Try As an Expat in Switzerland

Friday February 06, 2015 (03:20:52)

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 ...

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

Sunday January 18, 2015 (06:11:18)

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:


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 ...

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Why Moving To Switzerland Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Thursday December 04, 2014 (04:17:50)

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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Where Do Expats Choose To Live In Switzerland? An Overview Of Popular Locations

Wednesday November 12, 2014 (04:11:10)

The 2014 Expat Explorer Survey says that Switzerland is the most popular destination among expats, followed by Singapore, China and Germany. There are many reasons why expats love living in Switzerland. The economy is strong and inspires confidence in young professionals and businesspersons. The working conditions are favorable and many feel that there is a pleasant balance between work and life. Switzerland is also a land of natural beauty and the quality of air is excellent. Plus, the country ranks high in terms of social security because of the many benefits that families receive. Some locations in Switzerland are more popular among expats than others. Here is an overview of some of these hotspots.   more ...