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Switzerland

Using The Healthcare System In Switzerland - A Short Guide For Expats

Wednesday August 27, 2014 (21:18:33)

The Swiss healthcare system, known as LAMal, is reputed across Europe for providing top-quality health services and facilities to residents. Switzerland spends approximately 10 percent of its GDP on healthcare and the country ranks among the top OECD countries for medical expenditure. This policy of investing in healthcare ensures that citizens receive a variety of medical services that employ modern technologies. It also translates into a highly trained medical staff and a very low patient-to-doctor ratio. Switzerland has one of the highest life expectancy figures and one of the lowest infant mortality figures in the world.   more ...

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Switzerland

5 Great Golf Courses For Expats In Switzerland

Tuesday June 03, 2014 (18:49:42)

Golf is growing in popularity in Switzerland and there are some great golf courses in the region. There are about 90 golf courses in the country and all of these are in relatively close proximity to each other. Golf enthusiasts will especially love playing amidst the picturesque natural scenery that is such a significant part of Switzerland. If you’re an expat in Switzerland, you must explore these 5 great golf courses.

Domaine Imperial

Domaine Imperial is one of the few Pete Dye courses in Europe. It was built in the late 1980s and is considered to be Switzerland’s best golf course.   more ...

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Switzerland

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

Wednesday April 23, 2014 (14:34:53)

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 ...

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Switzerland

Should You Join An Expat Club In Switzerland?

Tuesday March 18, 2014 (15:32:27)

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 ...

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Switzerland

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

Wednesday March 12, 2014 (01:16:12)

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 ...

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Switzerland

Expat Fairs In Geneva, Switzerland

Tuesday October 01, 2013 (23:45:10)

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 ...

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Switzerland

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

Sunday September 22, 2013 (20:35:44)
Switzerland - a language lover's paradise!
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 ...

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Switzerland

Why Switzerland Can't Be Beaten for a Healthy Expat Life

Friday April 26, 2013 (19:57:02)

In terms of overall well-being and health, Switzerland ranks among the top countries in the world. According to the Better Life Index, which looks at factors such as employment, education and health, Switzerland offers a high quality of life and is an excellent choice for expats.

Many people in the UK choose Switzerland for a new life, as the people are similar to Brits in their mannerisms and habits and a lifestyle change does not cause too much upheaval. People from the US or Australia will have to adapt to the way of life, and the local people can be reserved.

Employment is a key draw for expats. The average person in Switzerland earns more than the average American and although the gap between the richest and poorest is high, there are opportunities available for all and tax is low, which is always a bonus for an expat. Career opportunities in the country are good, with 79% of people aged 15 to 64 having a paid job. This is above the global average and the work-life balance within the country is reported to be good. Many expats find work in the finance sector of the country.   more ...

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Switzerland

Interesting Facts about Life in Switzerland

Thursday April 04, 2013 (21:01:59)
The Swiss Alps
As counter-intuitive as it seems, Switzerland has always seemed to receive a bad reputation on account of the fact that it enjoys a high living standard. For evidence of this, we need look no further than Orson Welles' famous monologue in The Third Man (based upon similar comments made by the painter McNeill Whistler), in which he castigates the Swiss for "five hundred years of democracy and peace" that produced nothing more than "the cuckoo clock." The country's steadfast commitment to neutrality, even in times of great geo-political upheaval, is one clear source of such resentment - but whatever one's personal take is on such matters, it cannot be denied that the Swiss standard of living is easily among the world's best. The nation enjoys one of the world's highest life expectancies behind Japan, with the cities of Zurich and Geneva being ranked as the #2 and #8 cities in the world, respectively, for overall quality of life. The net worth of the average Swiss adult, meanwhile, is over 500,000 USD, even after their considerable portion of the national debt is figured into the picture.   more ...

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Switzerland

A Drive Around Lac Léman in Switzerland – the West Side

Wednesday February 13, 2013 (23:26:58)
Lake Geneva, Switzerland
by Nancy Bach

In other parts of the world, it is known as Lake Geneva. But the Swiss and French know this lovely glacial lake as Lac Leman. I like to call it that so it's not confused with Geneva Lake, Wisconsin! Its southernmost tip is at Geneva Switzerland; then it stretches up to Lausanne and curls to Montreux. In summer the beautiful blue waters are dotted by sailboats.

In autumn the hillsides are redolent with the aroma of vineyards yielding their bountiful crops. In winter icy blasts whip lake waters up over the banks, creating ice statues of trees and benches. And in spring the glorious wildflowers and fields and mountains beyond the lake are direct from the triumphant ending of "The Sound of Music."   more ...