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The InterNations Expat Guide for working and living in Switzerland

Are you an expat working and living in Switzerland? Or are you preparing to move soon to Zurich, Bern or any other of the Swiss international hotspots?

Expat life in Switzerland has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like the mountain resort of Zermatt, learning how Swiss people celebrate the Schweizer Nationalfeiertag, up to tasting Switzerland’s favorite dishes such as rösti.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Switzerland. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world – from living in USA to living in Australia.

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Top Articles in the Switzerland Expat Guide

  • Moving to Switzerland

    Switzerland has become a popular choice among expats. After all, the country offers lots of opportunities as well as a high standard of living. Find information on varying visas, residence permits, Swiss regions, and city profiles here in our InterNations Guide.
  • Living in Switzerland

    Dreaming of Swiss chocolate, fine watches, the stunning Alps, and mouthwatering fondue? Why not consider living in Switzerland? We have created a useful summary on public transportation, healthcare, education, and more, to help you prepare for expat life in Switzerland.
  • Working in Switzerland

    If you’re looking to find a job in a stable and wealthy economy, you might want to consider working in Switzerland, a country with one of the highest GDP per capita in the word. Read our InterNations summary on expat work in Switzerland, including info on work permits, taxes, and social security.
  • Difficulties & Differences through Switzerland’s Language Diversity

    Switzerland’s culture is characterized by diversity. With four national languages, this comes as no surprise. But how does this multilingualism affect Switzerland as a nation? Find out more about Switzerland’s different language regions and cultures in our guide!
  • Switzerland: Small but Diverse

    From the verdant Rhine Valley to icy glaciers: Switzerland is a small, but very diverse country — not only geographically. Find out more about its major regions, people, history, and cantons in our expat guide.
  • Switzerland’s Extensive and Expensive Public Transportation System

    With the world’s densest public transportation system, there is no need for a car in Switzerland. Be it by train, bus, taxi, tramway, or even by boat, there are countless options of getting around Switzerland. But of course, this world class transportation system comes at a price.
  • Childcare in Switzerland

    No matter where they live, working parents want to make sure that their children are taken good care of during the day. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to organize childcare in Switzerland. Our expat guide provides an overview of the various options, from crèches to “day mothers” or au-pairs.
  • The Job Hunt: Finding Employment in Switzerland

    Finding the right job in Switzerland may be a challenge if you are not prepared. For qualified expats, the job market is booming, but this is not the case in every field. The first step to finding work in Switzerland is analyzing the job market and finding which sector fits your skills.
  • It’s All about Family: Extra Benefits in Switzerland

    Expat parents in Switzerland will be glad to hear that there is extra financial help available to them for raising children. However, the family allowance system in Switzerland is somewhat complicated. Our article offers an overview of this topic, providing you with some helpful links to explain it.
  • Safe and Sound: Expats in Switzerland

    When you’re thinking of moving to Switzerland, the topic of safety may not be at the top of your list of things to worry about. Switzerland consistently ranks as one of the safest countries in the world. However, InterNations has put together some tips on what to watch out for in Switzerland.
  • How to Make That House Your Home: Utilities in Switzerland

    For expats, utilities are often at the bottom of the list of things they need to figure out. But when you move to Switzerland, you will want to make sure that electricity, water, and heat are up and running and that your garbage is picked up regularly. This article covers all of this, and more!
  • Staying Healthy: Hospitals and Doctors in Switzerland

    With its reputation of having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, Switzerland doesn’t disappoint with its extensive list of hospitals, doctors’ offices, and dentists. Our InterNations guide on healthcare in Switzerland will help you choose the right medical practice.
  • The High-Flying Swiss Lifestyle Comes at a Price

    It may not come as a surprise for many of you, but the cost of living is anything but low in Switzerland. Indeed, the country keeps ranking as one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Our guide explains some of the general expenses you can expect to pay for when embarking on expat life in Switzerland.
  • Permission to Stay a While: Get a Swiss Residence Permit

    After 2014’s referendum calling for a curb in European immigration, Switzerland’s residence permit system has been much debated. Until implementation has been agreed, EU-27/EFTA citizens continue to enjoy free movement, while third-country nationals face strict requirements and annual quotas.

Working and living in Switzerland – Valuable Information from A to Z

Moving to and living in Switzerland requires a wealth of up-to-date, trustworthy information on various aspects of Swiss expat life. Living abroad in Switzerland raises a lot of questions such as: ʺHow do I find the best relocation services for moving to Switzerland?ʺ, ʺIs the expat life in Zurich easy to manage for international people with disabilities?ʺ, ʺWhich international school in Zurich should our kids attend?ʺ or, ʺHow do I obtain a work permit for my spouse at the Swiss municipality in Geneva?ʺ

Collecting all that information on working and living in Switzerland is quite laborious and time-consuming. Our InterNations Expat Guide for Switzerland aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in Switzerland. The Guide includes information on many different areas ranging from restaurants and nightlife, to food & shopping or embassies and consulates, up to international schools. Typical questions related to expat life abroad, such as ʺHow does the Swiss health-care system work?ʺ, will no longer remain unanswered.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Switzerland? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in China or living in Norway!

Tips on living and working in Switzerland – From nannies and baby-sitters to special food stores

Moreover, our expat directory for Switzerland includes recommended listings of expat institutions and relocation services, e.g. nannies and baby-sitters or special food stores. As a member, you’ll also be able to share your experiences of living abroad in Switzerland with your fellow expats on the InterNations Forum. We are looking forward to welcoming you with a heart-felt Grüezi, salut, buongiorno, bainvegni from our expats living and working in Switzerland.