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Switzerland

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
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 ...

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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 (02:20:52)

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 (05:11:18)

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:

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 ...

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Why Moving To Switzerland Will (Probably) Make You Happier

Thursday December 04, 2014 (03:17:50)

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 (03:11:10)

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 ...

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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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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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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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