Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

16 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Getting away from it all in a one euro European property

Escaping the coronavirus pandemic in a stunning location via one-euro renovation properties. Renovation of deserted properties purchased for just one euro is old news, but the trend is growing fast as would-be expats disenchanted with the modern world are moving in. New communities veering towards creativity, green living, craftsmanship and re-establishment of supportive community living are now seeing the opportunities available as a way to reject today’s greed and chaos and build their own lifestyles. Expats who’ve already...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Expats and citizens urged to help Phuket’s famous Soi Dog Foundation

Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation is hoping to avoid the devastating effects of the holiday island’s coronavirus lockdown by bringing in huge quantities of dog and cat food. Dog and cat lovers both in Thailand and in many other world countries including the USA all admire the dedicated efforts of the Soi Dog Foundation to rescue, care for and re-home as many as possible of the country’s stray and abandoned dogs and cats. As with the many other pet rescue charities across the country, its much-needed revenues mostly come from the...
23 Feb at 9 AM 2020

Taking a chance on buying a holiday home in Thailand

If you’ve visited Thailand a few times and are considering the purchase of a holiday home, it pays to check out on the many recent changes as regards cost of living and visas. From beachfront condo units, gated community villas and even hideaways outside farming villages, the romance of a home in Thailand has kept expatriates arriving and purchasing for several decades. However, for many, things may not be all they seem due to the many changes which have taken place since the military government installed itself via a coup. It’s...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Yet another expat survey focuses on high life destinations

Switzerland is now the world’s most expensive destination for expat professionals. For the majority of expats in all popular destinations worldwide, the latest survey result listing Switzerland as the most expensive world country won’t come as a surprise. The small, snowy country has owned the title in most if not all expat survey results ever since emigration became the norm amongst career-hungry professionals. However, as a destination for mid-financial level retirees, SME owners and suchlike, the Alpine state is as closed as is...
28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Brit annual state pension increases agreed for expats in Europe

Brit expats living in Europe are to get annual increases in the state pension. Finally, the good news for British expats living in European Union member states is that the annual British state pension uprate will apply to all those in residence by the end of this year. Previous warnings of no guarantees of uprates post-2023 unless reciprocal deals were made are no longer valid. The guaranteed uprate will also apply to Britons living in EEA countries or Switzerland, and those who move to Europe during this year will also be covered,...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2019

New studies show Switzerland as world’s safest expat destination

As the political world becomes more and more unstable, expats considering relocation are concentrating on countries regarded as safe, secure and likely to stay that way. It’s not just political instability which threatens expat prospects and even their lives, as worldwide crime rates are on the upswing, terrorism is affecting countries worldwide and infectious diseases are running rampant in many areas of the planet. The risks of travel, both in the home country and overseas, are higher now than ever before, and are affecting expat...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat secret bank accounts being investigated by Portuguese taxman

The Portuguese taxman is investigating overseas accounts held by foreign national residents as well as non-residents and accounts held by Portuguese nationals. Recent reports in local media revealed Portugal’s tax authority is investigating a million so-called ‘secret accounts’ held offshore by both foreign residents and non-residents as well as by Portuguese nationals. It’s claimed the accounts surfaced after an information-sharing move including 50 countries worldwide was put into place. Apparently, the owners of some 71 per...
29 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat in Thailand wins major prize for his work in rescuing street dogs

Expat Michael Baines and his Sanctuary for 570 dogs, 20 of which have disabilities, have won the 2019 Walkin’ Pets Rescue of the Year award. Michael, a chef by profession and a dog rescuer by accident, arrived in Thailand in 2002 and began rescuing and caring for soi dogs some years later. For the first five years, he worked in the streets, focusing on abandoned and stray dogs and feeding them and caring for them as best he could. For those needing medical care, he opened up his home and made sure they had all they needed for...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2019

More EU member states guarantee Brit expats grace periods after Brexit

Brexit hasn’t only been a UK nightmare – many of the 27 remaining EU member states are still attempting to decide what’s best for them. A major concern for British citizens living as expats in EU member states has been the attempt to comply with time-dependent rules as regards legal residency post-Brexit. All 27 countries have been scrambling to present a solution for the half a million Brit expats caught in this disaster zone, with some managing better than others and Switzerland as well as Scandinavia still figuring out how to...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat retirees in Thailand hard hit by strong baht

As the Thai baht gets ever stronger against Western currencies, more and more expatriates are feeling the pinch. Thailand has been perennially popular with expat retirees from the Western hemisphere, but the inexplicable rise in the value of its baht currency is wrecking the carefully-calculated financial strategies of a good number of retirees dependent on monthly pension transfers from the home country. For British long-stay retirees, it’s even worse, as their pension payments were frozen at the rate current when they left the UK....