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Only for as long as they'll let us foreigners stay in the country and keep bringing money into the coffers!
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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

On a more serious note, Akrobat, if you need employment to supplement your pension, you need to be where the jobs are.
A lot of very wealthy families in Geneva who seek reliable service, private tutors (you mentioned English and German)... but accommodation is crazily expensive. Although, as a single person, you still can find some good deals, even in Geneva, or perhaps shared accommodation (doesn't need to be always students!). Some areas like Plan les Ouates are still affordable, but of course you don't feel like you are right in nature.
A lot of people live in France (much cheaper) and work in Geneva, this is another option you ought to consider.
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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

May I propose to retire to some small Greek island?

With €700 over there you'll be able to make ends meet and the sea would be at your door step.

I am sure such small paradises exist in other countries as well.
Perhaps a research towards that direction, prove to be more fruitful.
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May I propose to retire to some small Greek island?

With €700 over there you'll be able to make ends meet and the sea would be at your door step.

I am sure such small paradises exist in other countries as well.
Perhaps a research towards that direction, prove to be more fruitful.
Healthcare though...
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Healthcare though...
exactly, you can live anywhere until you need a hospital or help or even to be institutionalized, service in switzerland is great on that front, with spitex and all.
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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

If you like heat and want to live on a low income there are some super cheap places in France and Spain, I'd assume you can live there if you are a swiss citizen?

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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

@Akrobat
whether or not you have qualifications useful for finding work, I think you might find some of the discussion in this thread useful:
where to look for jobs with no job qualifications

Also: many aspects of life in Switzerland are covered on www.ch.ch.

and perhaps you'll find some orientation on the Organisation for Swiss living abroad:
http://aso.ch/de/beratung/rueckwanderung-in-die-schweiz
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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

Also keep in mind coming from a warm dry climate that Switzerland is cold, rainy, damp and rather dreary in my opinion coming from another dry, warm climate in California. I find it quite depressing honestly
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Also keep in mind coming from a warm dry climate that Switzerland is cold, rainy, damp and rather dreary in my opinion coming from another dry, warm climate in California. I find it quite depressing honestly
At least we got water to water our lawns and gardens and keep them looking nicve and green

Dreary.........i would have thought a uniform brown landscape somewhat more dreary than the varied colours you find in Switzerland

Cold, rainy damp ? yes i agree today, but we have had fantastic weather since July here, even up until mid November it was 15°C outside, at 800m altitude.
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Also keep in mind coming from a warm dry climate that Switzerland is cold, rainy, damp and rather dreary in my opinion coming from another dry, warm climate in California. I find it quite depressing honestly
At least we got water to water our lawns and gardens and keep them looking nice and green

Dreary.........i would have thought a uniform brown landscape somewhat more dreary than the varied colours you find in Switzerland

Cold, rainy damp ? yes i agree today, but we have had fantastic weather since July here, even up until mid November it was 15°C outside, at 800m altitude.
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Also keep in mind coming from a warm dry climate that Switzerland is cold, rainy, damp and rather dreary in my opinion coming from another dry, warm climate in California. I find it quite depressing honestly
And coming from New England I find the weather far more pleasant, and not so cold in winter, nor so hot in summer, much nicer overall.

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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

unfortunately in German but ontopic

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/13053486

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/20612521

700chf is not enough at all and afaik the welfare money pushes it to 3400 chf which is still a tight budget in hinsight what kind of support you might need in future (healthcare costs etc.)
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Also keep in mind coming from a warm dry climate that Switzerland is cold, rainy, damp and rather dreary in my opinion coming from another dry, warm climate in California. I find it quite depressing honestly
Eh? In Summer is is pretty hot, and in Winter it's cold and snowy. In-between that it is generally mild, has some rain, and this is why the country is green and verdant. It's a proper country with proper seasons.
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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

Here we go again, say anything other than Switzerland is utopia and you get attacked in some way. You become ugly, your country where you come from is ugly, your dog is ugly, they find some way too attack. It's pretty comical to watch but at the same time, very sad that people feel the need to do this. Pretty childish actually.

OP, take note, there are some really crabby people in Switzerland. I would think twice if I were you.
Thank god I don't have to be in CH full time, I would go bonkers.

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Also keep in mind coming from a warm dry climate that Switzerland is cold, rainy, damp and rather dreary in my opinion coming from another dry, warm climate in California. I find it quite depressing honestly

Third a year of cold, rainy, cloudy, depressing weather. Even my kids who know no better dislike the Nov-March season. Sure, it is the same all-over this climate zone, but when I think for a moment how it was in CA in Dec/Jan....
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Here we go again, say anything other than Switzerland is utopia and you get attacked in some way. You become ugly, your country where you come from is ugly, your dog is ugly, they find some way too attack. It's pretty comical to watch but at the same time, very sad that people feel the need to do this. Pretty childish actually.

OP, take note, there are some really crabby people in Switzerland. I would think twice if I were you.
Thank god I don't have to be in CH full time, I would go bonkers.
The only crabby person here seems to be you. What attack? Today Only and Richdog were merely commenting in the same way you did about Switzerland.
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Thank god I don't have to be in CH full time, I would go bonkers.

So would we sweetheart.....
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Re: retired swiss on a small pension

I have read comments from people who are grateful for what they've got here, with a hint of realism (yes, the weather is not great everywhere and the whole time, yes, it is outrageously expensive, yes it's not always brilliant and sometimes things drive us up the wall, but by heck, we'd rather be here than in far worse places), sometimes slightly naïve, but nowhere have I read attacks on anyone... wife of a Swiss may have had some issues with said Swiss or in-laws?
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Here we go again, say anything other than Switzerland is utopia and you get attacked in some way. You become ugly, your country where you come from is ugly, your dog is ugly, they find some way too attack. It's pretty comical to watch but at the same time, very sad that people feel the need to do this. Pretty childish actually.

OP, take note, there are some really crabby people in Switzerland. I would think twice if I were you.
Thank god I don't have to be in CH full time, I would go bonkers.
If you need any help lifting that chip on your shoulder please let me know, my rates are fair.
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If you need any help lifting that chip on your shoulder please let me know, my rates are fair.
Can you REALY lift that much in one go ?
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