Why Has Switzerland Been Voted The #1 Expat Destination?

Switzerland has climbed seven places, knocking Singapore off the #1 spot in the HSBC Expat Insider survey. As a long-term favourite expat destination, it is no surprise that this stunning country has secured a position in the top 10 every year since 2011, and placed 8th in the 2018 survey.This year’s survey breaks down its … Read more

Organic Food Shopping In Geneva

We are all getting more conscious of the need to look after our planet. Around the world, initiatives to clean up the air, the oceans and the food we eat are taking effect. In the UK for example, shops are required by law to charge for plastic bags, seeing a massive drop in the amount … Read more

Switzerland – Recommended Social Media Accounts

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 social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Expat Parents SwitzerlandFacebook Page | Facebook Group … Read more

9 Reasons You Might Want To Retire To Switzerland

Switzerland is known for its clocks, cheese and chocolates, and also the Swiss are known to be punctual and efficient. But, there’s more to Switzerland than this. It is a diverse, cosmopolitan and multilingual nation, and among the top tourist destinations for travellers from around the globe. There are a number of retirees who call … Read more

Switzerland – Recommended Blogs

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 blogs that might be useful for expats there.This Off Script Life www.thisoffscriptlife.com Jennifer followed her husband’s job to Zurich … Read more

11 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Moving To Switzerland

Switzerland, with its spectacular natural landscapes, cosmopolitan population, and high standard of living, is an expat magnet. A multilingual country with 26 cantons, Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Romansch and Italian. The country is also an attractive investment destination on account of its robust economy and favorable banking laws. Due to the stable … Read more

Ten Swiss Foods Expats Need To Try

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 … Read more

Ten Swiss Winter Activities That Aren’t Skiing

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 … Read more

Things To Consider As An Expat Moving To Switzerland

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 … Read more

Switzerland – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

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 Diarieshttp://europediaries.com/ The blog of an expat from India who now lives by … Read more

5 Experiences You Must Try As an Expat in Switzerland

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Why Moving To Switzerland Will (Probably) Make You Happier

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

5 Great Golf Courses For Expats In Switzerland

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 … Read more

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

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 … Read more

Should You Join An Expat Club In 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 … Read more

Expat Fairs In Geneva, 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 … Read more

Interesting Facts about Life in Switzerland

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 … Read more

A Drive Around Lac Léman in Switzerland – the West Side

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 … Read more

Feeling At Home In Switzerland

by Nancy Bach After living in Hong Kong for six years, we were ready for a change of pace with our move to Switzerland. Just as we had done in Asia, we wanted to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So we used every weekend and holiday to explore. We took a long drive down … Read more

Guns, Lies and Bibliothèque At The Swiss Border

by Nancy Bach La Douane? What’s that? When we learned we were moving to Switzerland I was elated. I love visiting new countries and learning new languages, so I was excited for the opportunity to add Swiss to my personal language portfolio. It took a while to remember that there is no “Swiss” language. Depending … Read more