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30 posts, 09:27 today
Where to buy a Swiss watch?
To someone with limited funds (ie most of the known world), a luxury mass-produced watch IS special. To belittle them because they are not hand-made in limited amounts is just ridiculously (laughably, even) pretentious and arrogant.…
Started by: Vietnamalan · 18.May.2019 · Other/general
3 posts, 09:24 today
How to create tax basis for pillar 2 contributions?…
Started by: Wisconsinite · 19.May.2019 · Finance/banking/taxation
14 posts, 09:15 today
Novartis - Lead vs Head
HR will tell you upon the job offer. In my experience and with others, they say take it or leave it. I hope it's enough but don't feel left out pinching for pennies earning 130kCHF with a family in CH!!! :eek:
Started by: Birikina · 24.Apr.2019 · Employment
45 posts, 08:51 today
Uniformity in Switzerland
I live in an apartment block, one neighbour is from Thailand. The other one from Switzerland, her husband Dutch. Below some Spanish people, some from Bulgaria, some from Portugal. And that is in one block... How much more diversity do…
Started by: Sahasrara · 19.May.2019 · Daily life
11 posts, 08:08 today
Accident Insurance problem abroad
Was there an unexpected external event which caused the injury? If so, it is likely to be called an accident. If not, then not. If you slip, or something heavy shifts and puts more weight than you expected onto you, you may have an…
Started by: ConnorHughes · 19.May.2019 · Insurance
14 posts, 06:47 today
Holiday Apartment Purchase
Check how the apartment block is managed. Some owners keep costs down by doing the management and some if the work, e.g. accounting, fire inspections, gardening and refuse disposal themselves, with every owner having certain recurring…
Started by: Graham S · 17.May.2019 · Housing in general
43 posts, 03:07 today
School rankings in Switzerland
No. Correct. Unlikely. It used to be that way in the UK, until the government decided to allow schools to choose who to admit. (Cunningly disguised as parental choice). People don't miss what they don't know they're missing.
Started by: Lea_lei · 14.Jan.2014 · Education
12 posts, 03:05 today
Looking for mental maths and abacus classes
Try an app for your phone/tablet, search for abacus apps. For kids, I recommend Abacus Adventure. Master Soroban and Komodo are good for practice, but it will need to be a parent-child activity (tutorial is not good enough for kids to…
Started by: Shikha · 27.Aug.2014 · Education
43 posts, 02:11 today
Work Injury / Suing Employer
Two of us doesn't make quite a few. ;) Yes, I saw (and thanked) your post only after I made mine. I realise I should have provided a reference (I've carried all that info in my head ever since it was presented to me in a law course…
Started by: esto · 16.May.2019 · Family matters/health
4 posts, 01:33 today
Reference Check
Started by: jvia · 19.May.2019 · Finance/banking/taxation
10 posts, 23:26 yesterday
Hello
Hello and Welcome, All the best with your efforts to find a new job and making new friends. I am based out of St. Gallen right now but will visit Zurich soon enough. Would catch up for a coffee if convenient!
Started by: Newtozh · 18.May.2019 · Introductions
1 post, 23:03 yesterday
English Speaking midwife/sage-femme in Lausanne…
Started by: missbusy · 19.May.2019 · Family matters/health
8 posts, 22:54 yesterday
Prenatal birth classes in Lausanne
Hi, I've just been to the new English Antenatal class at the CHUV and it was great. I recommended registering for that class, you will see a link on the CHUV website where they advertise the normal classes in French. I speak good French,…
Started by: Eglelle · 30.Apr.2019 · Family matters/health
6 posts, 21:53 yesterday
New insurance coverage, need to cancel old…
Hello, I've been paying for Swiss insurance on my own (CSS), but my wife recently got a job and her insurance (UNIQA) now extends to me. I'm currently covered by both but would like to cancel my CSS coverage ASAP. I've heard some horror…
Started by: ChocolateSoyMilk · 19.May.2019 · Insurance
20 posts, 21:47 yesterday
Transfer of unemployment benefits to EU
First of all just because you paid into the system does not mean that you are entitled to a pay out, in fact there are some people who are contributing and will never qualify for benefits because of the type of permit they hold. …
Started by: iam · 15.Apr.2019 · Employment
4 posts, 21:36 yesterday
Moving from Basel to Sr. Gallern - Moving…
Started by: martin959 · 19.May.2019 · Housing in general
83 posts, 21:08 yesterday
Moving to USA, Shipping quotes
This moving company is based in the U.S. and offers moving services to and from Switzerland. I've not used them before so I can't speak from experience with them, but it looks like they offer free estimates so it would be pretty easy to…
Started by: Holly210 · 4.Mar.2014 · Leaving Switzerland
3 posts, 20:37 yesterday
Green areas outside of Zurich
Started by: Anden · 14.May.2019 · Housing in general
1 post, 19:21 yesterday
Moving boxes (Zuerich)
Started by: elenoire · 19.May.2019 · Items wanted
30 posts, 19:10 yesterday
Halogen bulb ban
There seems to be some confustion about this "Halogen Bulb ban". It seems in Switzerland, not all Haogen bulbs are forbidden. The G4 for example is not forbidden up to now. The ones forbidden are the 230volt bulbs E14, E27 and…
Started by: Dan M · 16.May.2019 · Housing in general
5 posts, 18:46 yesterday
Good electrician in the Rotkreuz area?
Started by: Tom1234 · 19.May.2019 · Housing in general
72 posts, 18:29 yesterday
Such idiots in Swiss politics-Ueli Maurer
Having met and spent time conversing Roger S., who I found to be a nice guy with a great command of English, I can none the less understand this. Also, the interview with Roger S. is at leat 30 years old! Tom
Started by: omtatsat · 28.Apr.2014 · Complaints corner
1 post, 17:24 yesterday
Do you struggle with DIY & similar terms…
Started by: scrabblegrey · 19.May.2019 · Language corner
41 posts, 17:04 yesterday
Change to gun laws? [thread split]
yes, people have been killed by watches: https://en.wikipedia.org... and do I understand this correctly, voting YES would mean that the next revisions from the EU will be automatically implemented in Switzerland, too?
Started by: Jim2007 · 28.Apr.2019 · Swiss politics/news
9 posts, 16:00 yesterday
Tax rate and basis on unemployment benefits…
What’s the difference % wise? I assume it’s huge like 10% more right? Rather unfortunate as the 8% (Barème D) is only possible if you receive your income from an insurance and you are not required to declare your taxes. (The scale…
Started by: neutralname · 16.May.2019 · Finance/banking/taxation
4 posts, 15:48 yesterday
Is the Sihlcity car park busy on Saturday…
Started by: Tom1234 · 18.May.2019 · Transportation/driving
8 posts, 15:37 yesterday
Living in Crans-Montana
Hello , I glad in Crans-Montana lives English speaking folks . I moved last year as I love this place between Mountains . But will be thankful for any advice ( I have many questions :)) Any possibility to meet with You ? Will be…
Started by: Roshomon · 15.Oct.2009 · Introductions
6 posts, 14:29 yesterday
Alexa vs Google Assistant
Hi all, I am on this same situation and considering which one to invest. Aside from controlling lights, coffee maker, roborock and air purifier (think will just use smart sockets) would also like to control my samsung tv and denon…
Started by: confusedxx · 14.Mar.2018 · TV/internet/telephone
8 posts, 13:04 yesterday
Adliswil get-together
Catching up sounds like a good thing, although there aren't many spaces to just hang out. The Migros restaurant is one place, I guess, as is Pizzeria Flora (the bar/restaurant in the Adliswil station building). If you're up for a short…
Started by: PPB85 · 7.May.2019 · Social events
1 post, 13:04 yesterday
Motorcycle license: From old A1 to A
Started by: Upacs · 19.May.2019 · Transportation/driving
14 posts, 12:32 yesterday
Loud Croaking Frogs out yet at Seleger Moor???
FYI Seleger Moor will hit it’s peak at the end of May. We’ve been 5 times in the last 6 weeks (bought the abo) and watched everything unfurl and spring to life. Also saw and heard our first frogs today so probably another couple of…
Started by: makeabigwish · 6.May.2013 · Travel/day trips/free time
13 posts, 12:16 yesterday
Releasing medical notes
Whether or not the new GP thinks she needs your medical file from any previous doctor, that file is still YOURS to have. If your new doctor is helpful, would she perhaps do you the favour of writing to the previous doctor asking for the…
Started by: dragoneiric · 16.May.2019 · Family matters/health
26 posts, 11:10 yesterday
Does Switzerland need missiles?
I dont think it had much to do with the Americans for once… the European aerospace industry was pushing the national governments to build a new generation fighter jet. In Germany was it known as "Jäger 90". As in 1990. The year of…
Started by: omtatsat · 16.May.2019 · Swiss politics/news
13 posts, 10:52 yesterday
English Car Insurance Question
You need to go online to Stuart Collins. Full year EU and Swiss insurance no matter the length of stay in EU or if you are registered somewhere other than UK. I had this on my car for 1yr before selling my car in the summer holidays in…
Started by: AlmostLinear · 18.May.2019 · Transportation/driving
1 post, 10:12 yesterday
Incorporating Biotech Startup
Started by: jvia · 19.May.2019 · Business & entrepreneur
12 posts, 01:56 yesterday
Kindergarten 2 children
I'm sure the poster means childcare, not kindergarten. 2500 for babies under 19 months and 2100 for toddlers over 19 months is a good estimate if you are happy to not have anything fancy (such as a place advertising themselves as…
Started by: DreddyFreddy · 17.May.2019 · Education
8 posts, 22:17 18.May.2019
Neuchatel English Speaking Women's Meetup
My family has returned to the States! When is the next book club meeting and do you know the name of the book? Also, I’m free most weekdays (Tuesday/Thursday) I have French class though. Let’s all grab a coffee!!
Started by: Aricci · 10.Dec.2018 · Daily life
19 posts, 22:14 18.May.2019
Yallo sale again. 10gb,calls, texts 19f/month
swisscom are offering 40f a month to convert payg to contract 1 year. unlimited everything calls/text/data in swiss and 40GB data eu countries. did not see to bad.. guess they are getting more desperate to open new lines.
Started by: freeburgh · 1.Apr.2019 · TV/internet/telephone
38 posts, 21:16 18.May.2019
Being asked to transfer 2nd pillar while at RAV
Yes, but at Raiffeisen, your Libor mortgage is either for 3 years or 5 years, within which the floating rate is charged for 3/6 month period. If you cancel your mortgage with 1 year of the contract left, you have to pay 1.2% on top of…
Started by: ellesfah · 21.Aug.2018 · Insurance
1 post, 19:28 18.May.2019
Trailing spouses
Started by: rainer_d · 18.May.2019 · Daily life
The Local Switzerland
Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations

The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.

What you need to know about Switzerland’s crucial gun control referendum

What you need to know about Switzerland’s crucial gun control referendum

On Sunday, Switzerland is holding a referendum to decide whether the country should tighten its gun laws. Here we answer the key questions about the vote – and look at why the referendum is as much about Swiss relations with the European Union as it is about gun control.

In citizenship cases, Swiss direct democracy shows its cracks

In citizenship cases, Swiss direct democracy shows its cracks

Nancy Holten is annoying. She is so annoying in fact that residents of the small village in Switzerland she calls home voted, twice, to bar her from becoming Swiss.

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