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 Switzerland
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This group of friendly parents are based in Switzerland and support one another through the occasional tricky patches of parenthood – not to mention celebrating the good times. The Facebook page and group members are all internationally minded expats who share information, express ideas and opinions, and help to answer questions.
Zurich Expats 2012
Focusing on public events and social gatherings in and around Zurich, this community of Zurich-based expats established in 2012 hope to bring an awareness of the “Expat Experience” and to contribute positively to the uniquely Swiss lifestyle as well. All – Auslanders and Swiss nationals alike – are welcome to attend and contribute to this experience via the Facebook page.
These are the diaries of an expat family in Geneva – read all about their adventures, the tips they share, advice on top notch things to do, places to go and the best baby-friendly restaurants in town. Their blog has an excellent and exhaustive section of expat advice that needs to be read, ideally alongside a freshly brewed cup of tea or a luxurious hot chocolate.
Boerewors & Biltong in Switzerland
Find yourself with a Boerewors & Biltong emergency in Switzerland? Look no further! All those South African expats go here to top up their deep secret supply of their cured home favourites – locally made biltong, boerewors, chilli bites & expat friendly meat cuts like dry-aged steaks, sausages, bacon, roasts & chops.
Based in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino – in southern Switzerland with palm-lined lakes and sharp Alpine peaks – the author of ‘Expat With Kids’ offers up sage advice alongside the glorious views that have come about as a result of their expat lifestyle.
Life in a city on the Rhine River in northwest Switzerland – close to the country’s borders with France and Germany – is full of unique experiences. This closed Facebook group (intended to keep out trolls and spam members) is a great place to bond with a new group of international friends and ask all those awkward expat questions that crop up.
Megan began her blog and podcast as practical creative outlets – spaces where she can share her hard earned wisdom and experiences. Her resulting Facebook page and Twitter accounts reflect these values and also share interesting local events which are of interest to expats. She is an American expat living abroad in Switzerland, mixing all her favorite things like knitting, hiking, cooking and tech stuff.
My Expat Shop
Physically based in Geneva, this grocery store specialises in British goodies with a side of American treats. Keeping their tea and biscuit stashes full, stocking a good amount of Free From products for those with restricted diets and a fair few non-food items, this is definitely a one-stop shop for curing bouts of homesickness.
A Shropshire Lad In Switzerland
Since moving to Switzerland in 2014, this Shropshire lad has been sharing his advice, relevant information about moving to the country and relevant news articles for expats both new to the country and those who have lived there for a while. His tone is friendly and incredibly helpful.
Now that you have arrived and unpacked, are you searching for weekend inspiration? Look no further. Winning ‘Europe’s Leading City Break Destination’ in both 2014 and 2015, Geneva is an incredible city to explore – and this is the best place to plan that exploration surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains with views of dramatic Mont Blanc.
We’re always on the lookout for more accounts to feature – if you write about living abroad on social media, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!