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Halli Hallo!

Hi everyone, whoever you may be!


I'm lusting to be living in Switzerland "again". I was born in and lived in Switzerland until I was four, so I don't remember "living" there, but I have been back for summer vacations all through school and college and even into my professional life, so about 20 times. I love it and need it desperately in my life! I'm happy in Boston, but I know I want to be in Switzerland in the next few years (though realistically, without winning the lottery, it might take longer).


Reasons I love Switzerland over New England/Boston (regions I also adore, btw):


-mountains and rivers and lakes everywhere! and so visable!
-bike paths/walking paths/running paths everywhere!
-public transportation that is reliable and works!
-chocolate is far superior!
-cheese is far superior!
-everything is cuter and cleaner!


As is evident, I like Switzerland for the tangibles and the luxuries. I don't know much about it's political system, economic system, healthcare system, employment system, retirement system, so I'm hoping to use this forum to learn more about the aforementioned items.


I'm also going to use this forum to figure out how to land a dream job - working at/starting an adventure/tourism company (biking, hiking, kayaking, climbing, skiing/snowboarding). I have no experience in this industry, other than participating in my own mini adventures. I'm currently a civil engineer, and while it's an extremely valuable trade, it brings me no joy =[ Every day I just dream about biking down the alps or paragliding off a cliff!


OK so those are mainly the reasons for me joining this community, but now that I've completed an introduction, I quite like the idea of getting to know people and sharing interests! But most of all, I want to be back!
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Re: Halli Hallo!

Welcome to the forum.
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Re: Halli Hallo!

Welcome! Do you have Swiss citizenship, and do you speak a local language? That would certainly help your endeavour!
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Welcome! Do you have Swiss citizenship, and do you speak a local language? That would certainly help your endeavour!
The answers are: yes and yes.



Welcome to the forum, swissmissamerica!
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Old 27.02.2015, 20:14
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Re: Halli Hallo!

Luckily I've retained my citizenship all these years, and most of my Swiss German! Though, growing up speaking it only 3-6 weeks/year, I never quite caught onto grammar/cases/genders, so I make some grammar flubs all the time...but I do speak it!


Thanks for the welcomes!
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Well, the good news is being Swiss you don't have the hassle of trying to be hired under the non-EU hiring process.

The bad news - as an American you're obliged to file US tax returns no matter where you live in the world. You'll find it difficult to get a bank account here even though you're Swiss too and you'll need to report your "foreign" bank account/s on a FBAR form if the aggregate total comes to more than $10,000 at any point in the year.
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Tell me about it - I'd already had to relinquish my Swiss account that I'd had since I was born (wasn't much left in it after college, but still pissed me off pretty badly). At least you tend to make more $ in CH (even if you end up spending a lot as well). I've tried to convince my mom to not file for USA citizenship since they've been cracking down on Americans in/from Switzerland, but she won't listen!
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Re: Halli Hallo!

Hi SwissMissAmerica ... to our community.

As a New Englander who loves both his New Hampshire mountains (really hills) and the more majestic Swiss ones I understand your desire to return home.

A couple of totally unrelated suggestions:

The younger you are when you move the more tolerant you are likely to be of the associated problems ... what is an adventure in your twenties may be much less tolerated a decade or so later.

Have you thought of working in southern New Hampshire? The area shares much of Massachusetts' prosperity, and is an easy drive from both our mountains and Boston's cultural life.

Best of luck!!
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Hi RetiredInNH - just call me raised in NH (other than my first years in CH)


My family still lives on the Seacoast, so I tend to go up during my free weekends, and try to get on ski trips out of Boston into the White "Mountains" as well. Unfortunately for me, I don't have a personal vehicle and tend to bike everywhere, which doesn't often get me all the way to the mountains! But urban biking is pretty fun as well


There is a Swiss group that meets in Boston/Cambridge on a monthly basis if you ever feel like attending - www.swisslinkboston.com


Thanks for the advice!
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