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Old 22.11.2008, 12:41
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Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Dear All,

Having been staying here for over a year, I started to reflect on my modest expat's life with result that various ideas are coming to my mind and I keep weighing the cons and pros of being privileged to live in such beautiful country as Switzerland is.

The moundane daily activities at work and stressful lifestyle becomes rewarded at the end of every month and in form of the end-of-year bonus and the 13th check. There comes the question that everything has got its price... Since we all decided to make such a brave move of relocating from far (close) ends of the world with our spouses and families and we are congregation of ''sheep from all walks of life'' and rich in various experiences... there must be something ''tickling'' that compensates for our solitude and makes us remain here in Switzerland...

I just wonder whether there is somewhere on the EF a ''golden list'' of all benefits that one does not consider or perhaps overlooks in daily routine, which these actually make Switzerland possess an edge over the other countries. In general, I could easily mention e.g. stable economy, country with high GDP, excellent and reliable public transport, goverment educations, unemployment benefits and etc... just to name a few. But these are just general.

However, what I am looking forward to hearing from you is about specific advantages in your work place or daily business e.g. I have unlimited free access to the fitness centre at my company or Reka checks or discounts for x-item and etc...

I hope this would let us define a list of attractive options and help us to catch up with things that we might have overlooked in the past

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Old 22.11.2008, 13:56
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However, what I am looking forward to hearing from you is about specific advantages in your work place or daily business e.g. I have unlimited free access to the fitness centre at my company or Reka checks or discounts for x-item and etc...
I've worked over 20 years now for a well known Swiss company which a large percentage of the Swiss population seeks out our products in one form or another on nearly a daily basis. This product recognition with the general public goes a long ways in opening doors in my private life which I believe has helped me countless times over the years with my transition into Swiss life.
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Old 22.11.2008, 15:02
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

At work, we have a few small things which help, for example, free coffee (real stuff) and free bottled water.
Of course, the thirteenth salary and very flexible working times are also great.

I'm not an ex-pat, as I married in to Swiss culture and have been here many years. Sometimes I tend to forget about these little perks, or take them for granted.

I think it was Sandgrounder who said that they sometimes get sick of life here, until they go back to Britain and suddenly remember that life here in CH is OK after all. This is true.

Also, as Jacek says - continuing employment education, good transport system, cheap fares, good restaurants, hygiene in said places - even public loos!! That could be a thread in itself!!
OK, life can be a little boring here if you don't live the ex-pat high life, but I suppose dull and secure go hand in hand.
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Old 22.11.2008, 20:33
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

For me, one big benefit of my workplace is that lunch is provided for free each day... prepared by a professional chef, not just some hash-slinger! Of course we have no choice of the day's menu, but we can pick and choose from what is offered each day...
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Old 22.11.2008, 20:47
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Very flexible employers is one huge benefit of Switzerland. Flexible when it comes to working part-time, working from home, taking long lunch breaks when required etc, etc.

Another one is the high ethics of the employer when it comes to difficult situations as lay-offs. This however is unfortunatelly rapidly changing for the worse.

Another benefit is the small size of the country. If you are good at what you do, it is fairly easy to build up a good reputation and building up good connections.
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

My benefits include:
- 10 minute walk to work
- I can walk home in the dark through a park and still feel safe
- We can afford to both work part-time
- I donīt feel the need to keep buying things. Thatīs all people seem to talk about back home.
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Old 22.11.2008, 21:09
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

My office has the most wonderful view of Lac Lehman
The Swiss are friendly and helpful
The company organizes the most amazing Christmas parties (one coming up soon)
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

I get to meet all kinds of different people from all over the world.

Being forced to learn a new language has been a great experience. I'll be starting on my third soon.

Safety and cleanliness.

Mountain journeys.

Journeys into different regions where people talk different dialects or languages.

A quiet and warm apartment.

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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

I'm new here and have really just been getting to know the different areas of this forum. We (me, partner & 17mth old son) are planning to start a new life in Switzerland (moving from London - self explanatory I think) and I stumbled across Jacek's post re. Benefits of living in Switzerland. For me it's hit the nail on the head, because apart from the general benefits which are frequently posted, what I really wanted to know were the specific everyday benefits. That way, it's easier to compare what we'd be gaining on a daily basis. Raincookie mentions "a few small things..." but it's these small things in day to day life which seem to contribute to a difference in quality of life, now missing from the UK. And that's what we're looking for...Thanks to all.
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Old 23.11.2008, 08:56
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Things I like in the swiss german part of Switzerland (they happen much less often in the french speaking part):

-When you are on foot and reach a pedestrian crossing the cars stop pretty much immediately to let you cross and they seem to do it graciously not because they are obliged to by law.

-When you are running to catch a bus, very often one of the passengers who just got off will walk back to the bus doors and press on the button so as to keep them open long enough for you to arrive.
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Old 23.11.2008, 11:27
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

I have been living in Switzerland for a couple of weeks now and the benefits I have seen so far are:

- Very easy to cross the road: back in Italy on the zebra crossing or even at a traffic light you risk of being hit by a car whenever you want to go to the other side:

- Excellent public transportation: Even if Basel is a small town the network is well organized and you reach every corner in a few minutes. And I am forgetting how to drive!!!

- Tradition. In Italy we have lost most of the small traditional shops in favour of chains. And most of the products you buy come from China. Here you can buy lots of high quality local stuff.
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Old 23.11.2008, 11:42
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I'm new here and have really just been getting to know the different areas of this forum. We (me, partner & 17mth old son) are planning to start a new life in Switzerland (moving from London - self explanatory I think) and I stumbled across Jacek's post re. Benefits of living in Switzerland. For me it's hit the nail on the head, because apart from the general benefits which are frequently posted, what I really wanted to know were the specific everyday benefits. That way, it's easier to compare what we'd be gaining on a daily basis. Raincookie mentions "a few small things..." but it's these small things in day to day life which seem to contribute to a difference in quality of life, now missing from the UK. And that's what we're looking for...Thanks to all.
You have way less chance of being stabbed by a hoodie in Switzerland...
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Old 23.11.2008, 11:47
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Some of the most important things is ,
Punctuality about the swiss trains ...even they are late, but there as well they give you the number of minutes we are late and not keep you wondering have i reached the destination or not.

Security:
You can walk in a dark secluded area and still hope to make home safe... not possible in many cities.

Respecting privacy:
I dont drill a hole on my wall at 10 PM and can easily expect the same from my neighbour.
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

This is a good thread by Jacek - it reminds us why we are here in the first place.
I can also be negative about Switzerland, but when I read this, I remember why it's not so bad after all!!

I almost feel sorry for having started the "Dull" thread!
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

It is way easier to complain then to look at the good side of things. We're all the same raincookie, don't be sorry about your thread. Like this both sides of life in Switzerland can be discussed

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This is a good thread by Jacek - it reminds us why we are here in the first place.
I can also be negative about Switzerland, but when I read this, I remember why it's not so bad after all!!

I almost feel sorry for having started the "Dull" thread!
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

My list:

* It is much more civilised than most countries
* Pretty much clean and safe
* Geneva just so well connected to the rest of the planet
* Food is good values for money
* Transport is excellent
* Be nice and people reciprocate, even when my language skills are not that good.
* Plenty of sports including winter sports
* Children have a great education and become multi-lingual.
* Excellent business opportunities and tax advantages if you want to run your own business
* My wife and children love it here and them being happy is great for me.

Downsides, pure stress at times when trying to sort paperwork otherwise that is about it.

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Old 23.11.2008, 18:07
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

I really appreciate all the inputs about how you find life here in Switzerland and your comments regarding all the privilages one can have access to. As the certain benefits e.g. transportation and safety are general lets be more specific. Let's be more open when discussing some benefits that we actuallly take advantage of lets say more tangible and in a material form
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I really appreciate all the inputs about how you find life here in Switzerland and your comments regarding all the privilages one can have access to. As the certain benefits e.g. transportation and safety are general lets be more specific. Let's be more open when discussing some benefits that we actuallly take advantage of lets say more tangible and in a material form
Okay, a specific one on transport: it is generally clean, and when there are changes these are either signposted, announced on a loudspeaker, or both.
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I really appreciate all the inputs about how you find life here in Switzerland and your comments regarding all the privilages one can have access to. As the certain benefits e.g. transportation and safety are general lets be more specific. Let's be more open when discussing some benefits that we actuallly take advantage of lets say more tangible and in a material form
You mean like CH having the highest salaries in Europe for <<normal>> people -- i.e. not CEOs etc ?
When I moved from Sweden to the job here I almost doubled the salary and reduced the tax by 20 % (health insurance costs included). I know that the situation is similar for Germans, my company was bought by a German company 2 years ago and many of the new colleagues want to come and work here on CH contracts.
Also, that we are 1-2 hour away from some of the best ski resorts in Europe? 3 hours away from the Med?
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You mean like CH having the highest salaries in Europe for <<normal>> people -- i.e. not CEOs etc ?
When I moved from Sweden to the job here I almost doubled the salary and reduced the tax by 20 % (health insurance costs included). I know that the situation is similar for Germans, my company was bought by a German company 2 years ago and many of the new colleagues want to come and work here on CH contracts.
Also, that we are 1-2 hour away from some of the best ski resorts in Europe? 3 hours away from the Med?
That's exactely what my German colleagues have told me, it is beneficial to live here from income tax point of view... although if you plan to settle down here the real estate prices are comparably higher than in Germany... I heard that Scandinavian countries are one of the highest taxable in Europe... Indeed people like coming here because the salaries are competitive but if you spend your income here I bet your net is similar to what you would have saved back home
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