Relocating to Switzerland
Before relocating to Switzerland it is worth doing some research. Switzerland has become a popular choice among expats. Switzerland offers many opportunities and a high standard of living.
Geographically, Switzerland has three areas: the Alps, the Central Plateau (the “middle land”), and the Jura.
If you are considering relocating to Switzerland, you should be aware that these different regions could be subject to very different weather conditions. Switzerland has four official languages – French, German, Italian and Romansch. Most expats relocating to Switzerland will be familiar with at least one of these languages.
Visa requirements when relocating to Switzerland
All foreigners need the appropriate visa for Switzerland, irrespective of whether they want to stay for a holiday, or settle more permanently. Anyone thinking of moving there should be aware that different rules apply to European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) citizens, and those from elsewhere.
Citizens from the EU, the EFTA, and countries on the Swiss government’s designated list are allowed visa-free entry and can stay for 90 days, provided their passport is valid for at least six months.
Anyone wishing to work or live in the country for more than three months need to apply for a Swiss residence permit – there is no separate work permit. This applies to all foreign nationals, but it’s easier for EU/EFTA citizens to be granted one.
These are the most common permits:
• Permit B (Initial Residence Permit): For anyone with an employment contract valid for more than 12 months; who have the means to live in Switzerland without employment; or who are self-employed, although you will need to show you have enough funds to live without employment. The permit is valid for five years, and is renewable for another five.
• Permit C (Permanent Residence Permit): Only citizens of the EFTA and original 15 EU member states who have lived in Switzerland for five years are eligible.
• Permit L (Short-Term): Granted to applicants with an employment contract that is valid for less than one year. This can be extended.
Currency when relocating to Switzerland
Swiss franc (CHF), divided into 100 rappen
Time difference when relocating to Switzerland
Switzerland is 1 hour ahead of London. It is 2 ahead from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.
Useful facts when relocating to Switzerland
Official Language: Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch
Unit of measure: Metric system
Electricity supply: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin, rounded plugs are used.
Travel connections when relocating to Switzerland
Train stations: There are a number of train types in Switzerland:
RegioExpress trains link regional destinations with larger Swiss cities.
Regio trains connect local towns.
InterCity trains link major Swiss cities like Geneva and Bern
InterRegio trains connect Zurich and Geneva with cities across the whole of Switzerland.
S-Bahn is a network of trains that operate within most big cities.
Main Road: A1, which runs from St Margrethen to Geneva, A2 running from Besel to Chiasso.
Major cities in Switzerland
Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lugano, St Gallen, Sion, Zurich
Relocating to Geneva
LSS Relocation have built up a wealth of knowledge on locations around the World. To find out more please visit our information page on relocating to Geneva
Property prices when relocating to Switzerland
As a general guide you will find property prices are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start. The process of buying any type of property or land is strictly regulated. The services of certain professionals are usually required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.
Typical property prices in Switzerland
Price per square meter in city centre – 10,500.00 Fr.
Price per square meter outside city centre – 7880.00 Fr
Typical property rental prices in Switzerland
Price for an apartment in city centre – 1444.00 Fr per month
Price for an apartment outside city centre – 1100.00 Fr per month
Property agents when relocating to Switzerland
British Embassy offices when relocating to Switzerland
Should you find yourself in need of support of the British Embassy visit their website to find the office nearest to you.
Leisure & entertainment when relocating to Switzerland
The Swiss Alps offer many recreational activities, with hiking and walking top of the list in summer and snow sports during the winter. Other summer pursuits around Switzerland include open-air swimming, canoeing, mountain biking, horse riding, tennis, and golf. In the winter you can go ice skating, curling and tobogganing. Water parks are popular, although there are no major theme parks; there are smaller activity parks and zoos. There are also plenty of train and boat trips for family excursions.
Restaurants when relocating to Switzerland
Café du Soleil
Place du Petit-Saconnex 6
T: +41 22 733 34 17
Der Teufelhof Basel
T: +41 61 261 10 10
T: +41 31 350 50 01
T: +41 44 262 99 00
Home entertainment & communication when relocating to Switzerland
Education when relocating to Switzerland
UK Expats will often send their children to an international School , which teaches the syllabus in English.
UK Relocation Companies
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LSS is very much engaged with and involved in the world of national and international relocation with memberships and council involvement within the ARP, EuRA to name but a few. Through LSS’s long history within the relocation arena, deep rooted partnerships have been established across the globe allowing LSS to deliver to their corporate clients the right service for their particular needs, whether requiring seamless coordination across multiple jurisdictions or delivery in a single location.
We understand the need to combine a professional service with the personal touch, so important when dealing with the inherent stress of relocation and the particular requirements of each individual and family. Through maintaining our independence we can treat your employees as human beings and not a number in a database.
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