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G'day from a Swiss in Australia

Hi and Gruezi everyone,

I am a Swiss currently living in Melbourne/Australia with my Aussie hubby and I am happy I found this forum.

Life over here is good, we both run our businesses and overall we love it here. However, we don't want to rule out moving back to Europe (most likely Switzerland) in the next couple of years due to both of us having family/relatives there.

So I thought why not start getting back in touch with my roots and other lovely people living and working in Switzerland.

And I also have a question for you Aussies already 'living it up' in CH - how did you settle in and what were/are your biggest issues moving there?

Cheers
Birgit
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Re: G'day from a Swiss in Australia

I'm not australian, but I would say the lack of Bells Beach is the biggest issue with moving from Melbourne to Switzerland.
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Old 29.03.2015, 12:01
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Re: G'day from a Swiss in Australia

However, my Australian friends tell me that the skiing is way better. (One of them used to alternately ski in Australia and Switzerland - didn't see summer for three years).
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Re: G'day from a Swiss in Australia

Welcome Birgit.
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Re: G'day from a Swiss in Australia

G'Day/Gruezi!
An Aussie from Perth, living in Baden for the last few months...

So far things here have been quite uneventful, life is not hugely different from Aus to CH, the standard of living is very similar (even if there are slight bureaucratic differences between the two countries).

As an Aussie living abroad, the biggest concern (with a small family) is the realisation that with the current economy, losing work could mean losing our roots. That wouldn't be the case so much if we had a permanent visa, but it hangs over us in the back ground a little...Getting established has taken longer than we would have thought, there is a lot of paperwork involved in 'arriving' and we are only just coming to the end of it now after two months.

I do miss the beach occasionally, having 50m swimming pools outdoors that open at 5am (so I can swim on weekdays before my better half goes to work), shopping on weekends, and having a choice of reasonably priced goods (meat is so expensive here).

But those are minor things that are more than made up for the amazing country side, the friendly and polite people, the feeling of safety that is everywhere we have been so far, the wide variety of job prospects and career opportunities, being in the centre of Europe - and all the culture that brings, and the weather (that really is quite good if you like cooler weather and longer summer days).

We love it here and we have no intention of 'going back.'
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Re: G'day from a Swiss in Australia

Salu Birgit
It rather depends upon what age you are, we found after 5.5 years in Perth. Although the climate was good, we missed culture and upon returning to Europe were able to immerse ourselves in the wide variety of things to do and places to see. We felt very cut off down there!
IMHO Oz is a place for younger people who enjoy sun, sea and surf.
But it is a question of horses for courses and what suits one person does not necessarily suit another. Only you can eventually make the decision but viel Glück whatever you decide.




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Hi and Gruezi everyone,

I am a Swiss currently living in Melbourne/Australia with my Aussie hubby and I am happy I found this forum.

Life over here is good, we both run our businesses and overall we love it here. However, we don't want to rule out moving back to Europe (most likely Switzerland) in the next couple of years due to both of us having family/relatives there.

So I thought why not start getting back in touch with my roots and other lovely people living and working in Switzerland.

And I also have a question for you Aussies already 'living it up' in CH - how did you settle in and what were/are your biggest issues moving there?

Cheers
Birgit
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Re: G'day from a Swiss in Australia

You are both running your own business, doing that here will be different, possibly hugely. Knowing what sectors your businesses are in would be helpful as the potential issues can be expected to vary subject to industry. They'll probably include:
- legalities and regulations differ, possibly big time
- you may need licence(s), possibly both personal and for the business, which may or may not be difficult to obtain
- different brands, product lines, styles, and crazes
- customer expectations and behavior
- your customers may (probably will) expect you speaking the local language on a fluent level

It might be a good idea to become employed, if even temporarily, in order to familiarize yourselves with the differences.
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Re: G'day from a Swiss in Australia

Some issues you will want to consider:

* Not having an employer to do all the paperwork makes everything a bit of a pain in the arse, for example - getting your visas. Ours took about 6 months of on and off work at least to finalise and then another 3-6 months once we arrived to get me (the non-EU party) a working permit. You need a working permit, I believe even if you're running your own business. Worldwide wealth and assets need to be provided for taxation purposes including overseas assets/businesses.

* Similarly, finding a place to live - since both of you own your own businesses, I don't know if you're going to keep them when moving to CH? Renting is very, very competitive here and they generally give preference to people with employment contracts from local/Swiss businesses.

* The sun - try to catch Swiss summer, so you're not totally depressed for 3 months until the sun reappears :P

* If one of you is going to be looking for a job, make sure you save up at least 6 months of (Swiss) living expenses to cover the time until that happens

* Consider exchanging money if the AUD goes up in the near future, as it's a pretty painful conversion at the moment (AUD/CHF)

What time frame are you looking at? Do you think you'll be looking for work? HTH
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