How To Open A Bank Account In Switzerland

The banking secrecy and privacy laws of Switzerland are world-renowned. Starting as a way to protect wealthy European banking interests, Swiss banking secrecy was codified in 1934 with the introduction of the Federal Act on Banks and Savings Banks. Switzerland has essentially been one of the largest offshore financial centres and tax havens in the … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Switzerland

Switzerland is a Central European country, home to numerous lakes and mountains, which is particularly well known for its view of the Alps and its really delicious chocolate. From small rural villages, surrounded by green pastures in the summertime, to winter ski spots and cities, Switzerland has so much variety that there’s something for everyone.The … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Switzerland

Switzerland, with its famous chocolate and beautiful scenery, is a popular destination among tourists and expats alike. Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to travel there. This article will walk you through what types of visa are available, based on why you are visiting and how long you intend to stay. It … Read more

How To Find A Job In Switzerland

Switzerland is a popular place for expats to find work, particularly those who are highly skilled; almost 50% of all executive jobs in the country are filled by foreigners. The country’s appeal is largely due to high salaries and a generally high standard of living. Consequently, competition for jobs is fierce, and opportunities are even … Read more

How To Register With The Health System In Switzerland

The only way to register with the health system in Switzerland is to take out private health insurance (Soziale Krankenversicherung / Assurance maladie / Assicurazione-Mallatie) with a recognised Swiss healthcare insurance provider. There is no national health insurance scheme and employers do not offer healthcare plans.Insurance is provided at two levels, basic and supplementary. Basic … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Switzerland

Every Swiss resident faces the minimum monthly cost of a premium on a private health insurance policy. Healthcare cannot be accessed without it.Simply trying to stay well without insurance is not an option as health insurance is compulsory for all residents, one policy per individual, and anyone who does not voluntarily take out insurance within … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Switzerland?

Switzerland spends more than any other European country on its healthcare, but the costs of actual treatment are paid directly by patients in the first instance. Every resident is required by law to have private health insurance to access the healthcare system, but before the insured patient can make a claim they are expected to … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Switzerland?

With its beautiful scenery and low unemployment and crime rate, Switzerland is considered one of the countries in the world with the highest quality of life and the nation’s healthcare system matches this, ranking among the very best.The country’s healthcare system is mostly organised, funded and overseen by its 26 cantons. The cantons also partly … Read more

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

An Expat Guide To Taxation In Switzerland

Switzerland has a worldwide reputation for low taxation but in reality, residents pay a wide and varied range of taxes. The key to it all will be whereabouts in the country you choose to live.The Constitution of Switzerland sets out the extent to which citizens can be taxed, and citizens are asked to vote for … Read more

Health Insurance In Switzerland – A Guide For Expats

It might be easy to assume that all European countries fund and deliver their healthcare services in a similar way, but Switzerland’s health insurance system is a good reminder that expats need to fully plan all areas of their relocation if they want to avoid unexpected bills.Switzerland is a modern, economically successful country whose residents … 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 Jennifer followed her husband’s job to Zurich … Read more

Is Switzerland Really Too Expensive For Expats?

For most expats and travelers, the word ‘exorbitant’ is what immediately comes to mind when talking about Switzerland. This is hardly surprising, as this Alps country has featured among the top in the list of the ‘Most Expensive Places to Live in the World’ for several years in a row.Almost every single Global Survey on … Read more

Rossella Meloni, Zurich

Who are you? I am an Italian who has been living overseas for the last 20 years.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I first moved abroad (to London, UK) in 1996. The original plan was to stay for a couple of months to improve my English but I ended up never returning to … 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

A Short Guide To Expat Finance In Switzerland

Switzerland is a very popular country with expats from around the world who aren’t just looking for job opportunities and a low tax regime, but who are also wanting to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. It would therefore be helpful to give someone thinking of moving to Switzerland an idea of the tax rate they are … 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

Interview With Stephen Baird, Headteacher, Geneva English School

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 … 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

Menorca C, Basel

Who are you? I am an Indian expat in Europe, currently living in Switzerland. I work in research and am also a blogger/freelance writer, apart from being a coffee lover,dreamer,traveller and reader. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Germany in 2011 to pursue my Master studies, and then came to … Read more

Diana, Geneva

Who are you? My name is Diana, I was born and raised in Mexico. I am currently living in Switzerland and I am married with Emmanuel that is French (I am half French, but have never lived in France). I am currently working at 100% and also have my own blog about Geneva, I love … Read more

Sarah Ryrie, Steinhausen

Who are you? Sarah Ryrie, mum of two and wife to one(!). I am a full time mum and home-maker, though I do some freelance writing and blogging to keep me sane. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Steinhausen, Switzerland last summer as a consequence of a new role for … 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 Diaries The blog of an expat from India who now lives by … Read more

Ten Finance Tips When Moving To Switzerland

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 … 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

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

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 … 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

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

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 … Read more

Katrien David, Gruyère

Who are you? I’m Katrien David and was born and raised in Belgium. As most of the Belgians, I walked through the educational system from kindergarden through University. After obtaining a degree in Bio-engineering in Belgium, I decided to go for another MSc degree in Food Science at the University of Minnesota (USA). Even though … 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

Christina Popa, Geneva

Who are you? My name is Cristina and I am a Romanian national having lived abroad in at least two different countries for tertiary education studies. Having graduated in Humanities in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I always thought living and studying abroad is a rewarding experience forging bridges between cultures, people and minds. First, there was a … Read more

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

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 … 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

A Drive Around Lac Léman in Switzerland – the North and East Sides

by Nancy Bach Views from the heights of Lausanne looking south to the lake with the surrounding Alps, in the crisp, clear Swiss air are impressive. City businessmen sponsored construction of the Sauvabelin Tower, with a 100-foot climb up a circular wooden stairway to make the views even better. Breathe in the tranquility; you may … 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

Sonja Guldi, Valais

My name is Sonja, I am a German writer living in Switzerland since 2009 with my husband and my two dogs. I write a blog named blueberriejournal about my trips and travels and all sort of things coming to my mind. I guess most of expats coming to Switzerland live and work in Basel, Zürich, … Read more

Chantal Panozzo, Zurich

I’m an American writer and copywriter living in a small town near Zurich, Switzerland. I write about life in Switzerland on my blog, I also write about how to survive (and thrive) as an international creative person at Writer Abroad In addition, I’m the co-founder of the Zurich Writers Workshop I moved … Read more