Your guide to expat life in Switzerland

A small country which makes a big impression


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Switzerland is an immensely popular expat destination with spectacular mountain scenery, highly sophisticated cities, excellent financial opportunities and a great quality of life

Home to some of the world's most prestigious brands, Switzerland attracts a skilled workforce and is a particularly popular destination for professionals working in the financial services industry.

Although money isn't everything, it certainly helps and expats in Switzerland earn impressive salaries which are well above the global average.

With a better work life balance compared to their home country, expats have more time to enjoy the high quality of life in the safety and security of Switzerland. The country provides the perfect backdrop to raise a family and the diverse schooling system and popularity of international schools mean most expats feel the quality of the education their children receive is higher than back home.

As well as their education, children also have an exciting list of activities such as hiking through the Swiss National Park at their fingertips. And with four national languages, Switzerland's varied cultures and traditions provide plenty to explore.

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  • Population: About 8.6 million
  • Capital city: Bern
  • Neighbouring Switzerland: Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Liechtenstein
  • Main languages: Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh
  • Time: GMT+1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)

Be aware of the cost of housing and health care when negotiating a salary.

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Go to the Alps, go skiing, try traditional Swiss food.

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