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I am new to this forum. My husband and I are looking to come to Switzerland. We currently live in South Africa and want to leave . I am a Swiss Citizen BUT unfortunately can not speak French or German my dad never taught us . Is there jobs over there where you can still learn the language or is everything pretty much HAVE to HAVE?
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Welcome to the forum.

Depends on your skills. Highly qualified/experienced can get away with only needing English, but lower down the scale the language becomes more important. In your profile you say financial/HR - just to let you know banks here have been down sizing with staff cuts in recent years and yes, HR would probably need a Swiss language as well as English, even in a big international company.

You would also need to show that you can support your non-EU husband financially.

These links may help and of course contact the Swiss embassy in South Africa too to see what they can advise.

https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/fdfa...itzerland.html

http://aso.ch/en/consultation/back-to-switzerland

However, be warned.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/coming-h...attle/41091306

It won't be easy, but it's not impossible.
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Welcome Nviviers,
good to have you here There are jobs where the working language is primarily English, such is the case for instance in Insurance, Banking and Pharma.
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Welcome both.
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good to have you here There are jobs where the working language is primarily English, such is the case for instance in Insurance, Banking and Pharma.
Thank you so much. We are going to learn French in January 2016 so we prepared when we come the way South Africa has gone the white people were told yesterday to get out the country....
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Thank you so much. We are going to learn French in January 2016 so we prepared when we come the way South Africa has gone the white people were told yesterday to get out the country....


Maybe you can join the refugees coming to Europe and then go to Germany and learn German while living in those camps?
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LOL We were going to learn German but I see French seems to be more dominant.....
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That will depend where you will live. I am looking to learn German because I live in the German speaking part.
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Honestly i have no idea.... We would like to come across in February and see where would be the best place for us.

Thank you so much for all your information it is truly a blessing and helpful

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No its German that's more dominant, however French is probably easier to learn, unless you know Afrikaans as dutch is fairly similar.

I wonder why white people were so happy to live in SA while it was under Apartheid, yet as soon as the boot is on the other foot they want to flee. I feel I can say this as my old man got the hell out of there while it was a repressive racist place. Seems he made the right choice in 1965.
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When your life gets threatened then its time to leave.. Apartheid wasn't my fault i never voted it in so not fair to threaten the wrong generation. My dad was sent to this country to open up a factory for his company and passed away my mom should have packed up and gone back to Switzerland but she didn't.

I do know Afrikaans. Can read and write. It was my 2nd language at school.

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Re: New

Welcome to EF!

There are several threads with another Swiss-S. African who is re-locating his family to Switzerland. This thread might be worth reviewing:

What is my profession in Switzerland?

You probably know that as a Swiss citizen you can live and work anywhere in the EU due to bi-lateral agreements. These are the most popular EU/ EFTA countries, including Switzerland, for S. Africans according to Eurostat:

2014, Born in South Africa:
UK: 224,863
Netherlands: 13,170
Ireland: 11,198
Switzerland: 7,394
Italy: 5,563
Belgium: 3,567

Also, you are Swiss and you have every right to live in Switzerland.
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