Switzerland is one of the top countries for expats – it’s no surprise so many people choose to transplant to the land of cheese, chocolate, and world-class skiing. But any move comes with its challenges, and even Cloud 9 requires a bit of an altitude (and attitude) adjustment.
Are you prepared for culture shock? What about price tag panic? Are you armed with insurance? Do you have a residence permit in hand, and fluent French (or German) dripping off the tongue?
Maybe, maybe not. But whether you’re an expat veteran or a nervous newbie, Swiss connoisseur or curious newcomer, there are many ways to make the transition smoother. The Local tracked down the experts to ask all the right questions. And here it is – The Local’s Guide to Moving to Switzerland.
Voila, Hab Spaß!
Migration and Relocation
The four big challenges of moving to Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the world’s best expat countries, with some of the highest living standards and a sophisticated, multilingual population. Yet moving to Switzerland can still be stressful and difficult - the key is to do your research and get the right help.
Swissbenefits: "I build bridges for expats"
Switzerland was recently voted the best place in the world for expats, but lots of paperwork and complex procedures can keep expats on their toes. The Local spoke with SwissBenefits, a consulting company aiming to streamline the process.
Learning your new country's language can be tough, especially as an adult. But there are ways of making it easier. The Local spoke to the Swiss French School about how to simplify learning, and a special offer for readers.
Money and Taxes
Currency exchange for expats
Moving abroad is complicated enough – money matters shouldn’t make it even more so. But transfers and sending money back home can cause problems. CurrencyFair explains how they make the transition easier for expats.
Expert US tax preparation for Americans in Switzerland
If you dread filing your US expat taxes each year, you aren’t alone. But Greenback Expat Tax Services can prepare your taxes efficiently, accurately and at a fair, honest price.
What to look for in Swiss insurance
Location and Housing