Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

2 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Fund hires top talent but can’t keep it

The Saudi Arabian Crown Prince is being blamed for the departure of expat experts involved in the Saudi Fund. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is relying on the kingdom’s sovereign investment fund to drive diversification of the economy as part of a wider strategy to reduce dependence on oil revenues. However, the flagship investment scheme has suffered recent setbacks due to the departure of Western expatriate executives. The British head of legalities for the fund, its Spanish private executive associate and its Swiss head of...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK now cheaper for expats due to Brexit effect on sterling

A recently released new survey has revealed the UK is now one of Europe’s cheapest countries for expat workers. Expat professionals living and working in London have seen a welcome drop in the capital’s cost of living due to Brexit, with the city dropping 81 places to 127th in the latest worldwide cost of living survey. Formerly one of the world’s most expensive destinations for expatriates, London is expected to drop still further in the rankings after 29 March next year. Visitors and incoming workers from Europe will now find...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Brits expats still investing in buy-to-let

Brit expats working in Europe invest in London buy-to-lets whilst those working in the Middle East prefer North of England properties. Perhaps the aboveo is something of a generalisation, but the statistics come from a major UK buy-to-let mortgage lender dealing with British expat property investors across the world. Over the past few years, the buy-to-let boom has forced real estate prices higher across the UK and caused a price explosion in London and its suburbs, but it still shows no sign of slowing down. The survey breaks...
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...