Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

8 Nov at 6 PM 2018

World’s most unfriendly nations for expats

One important aspect when choosing an expat destination is undoubtedly the friendliness of the local people. Leaving friends and family in the home country and settling in an unfamiliar country with a confusing culture isn’t easy, and relies to some extent on the friendliness of new neighbours and work colleagues. Sadly, not all expat destinations offer friendship along with a new career and a generous salary, leaving gregarious expats and their spouses wondering whether they made the wrong choice. The latest Expat Insider...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2018

French study visas for expat students

France is one of the world’s most popular countries for international students. As many as 271,339 foreign students are now studying at French universities as well as enjoying their lives in France’s unique culture. Many have arrived from just across the English Channel, spurred by the thought of getting an internationally-accepted degree without having to tie themselves to decades of debt via the UK’s student loan programme. French universities are world-famous for their modernity as well as for encouraging innovation, and the...
1 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Is offshore banking the best expat strategy

In spite of rumours about tax avoidance, offshore banking gives a number of advantages for expat professionals. The vast majority of expat professionals working overseas are paid in their local currency, with many having financial liabilities such as mortgages in the home country. Most are planning to either move elsewhere for work or retirement or even return home at some stage in their professional lives. For those concerned about banking security and ease of transferring money in various currencies, offshore banks are the sensible...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Is cow cuddling the answer to expat executive stress

Every expat who owns a pet knows cuddling a dog or cat is a stress reliever but, for those without furry best friends, what’s the best thing to do? In the ‘60s, tree hugging was widely recommended as a stress-buster, but finding a tree in today’s fashionable architectural wastelands could be tricky. However, for expats who’ve relocated to the Netherlands, there’s a way forward – cuddling a cow! Cow-cuddling is highly recommended by Dutch scientists as a way to relieve the stresses of the average workplace as it reduces...
29 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Former expat mom crowdfunds for help for her son

Kate Ogborne, her husband Dave and their son Jake were planning their move to the Costa del Sol when her baby son began showing worrying symptoms. The 14-month old had started walking and was attempting to run but fell over much more than is normal. Concerned, Kate took him to her GP, who assured her he’d grow out of it, adding there was no need to cancel their emigration plans. Once they’d arrived in Malaga, it became obvious he wasn’t going to ‘grow out of it’. Scans at hospitals in Malaga didn’t help as the results were...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Affordable Dutch universities make top 100 list in annual survey

Expatriates with families including older children will be happy to hear three of the Netherlands’ universities are ranked in the top 100 of the World University Rankings, reckoned as one of the world’s most important education-related surveys. Delft University of Technology came in on 52nd place, two places higher than in 2017, and is now ranked as the best university in the country. The University of Amsterdam took 57th place overall, one place higher than last year, and also beat Delft University on academic reputation....
5 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Trilingual Brit expat refused Swiss citizenship for not knowing melted cheese origin

43-year old David Lewis has lived in Switzerland since he was a baby, is totally fluent in French and German as well as his native language and now owns a thriving café business in Zurich. He’s also raising his six-year old son and has no criminal record. In spite of his obvious qualifications for Swiss citizenship, his application was refused as he couldn’t give an exact answer as to the canton in which a melted cheese was produced, although he got the region right. He also couldn’t identify a traditional Swiss chard dish from...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
8 May at 6 PM 2018

US expats in Zurich use comic videos to encourage midterm votes

‘When all else fails, try comedy’ is the expat approach to galvanising the US expat vote in the November midterm elections. Comedy with a serious purpose is a unique strategy intended to persuade US expats in Switzerland to vote in the upcoming midterms. Its creators are a group of American citizens living and working in Zurich who’re determined to get their compatriots to the polls in November. Their weapons are comic videos urging all US expats to get up and get on with voting in order to rescue their home country from itself....
2 May at 6 PM 2018

US expats in Zurich urge compatriots across the world to vote in midterms

American expats living and working in Zurich are urging US citizens across the world to get together and register to vote in November’s midterm elections. A group of 270 US expats in Switzerland have banded together under the umbrella of Action Together – Zurich to urge their compatriots all over the world to register to vote in the USA’s mid-term elections. They’ve posted on YouTube, asking the question ‘should I pretend to be from Canada so that I can ignore criticism of the USA’s present politics?’, followed by witty...