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26 posts, 22:38 today
Who is really rich?
Back to guy in the video, he's healthy and can afford to live a minimalistic life. The attachments talk is a bit superficial. Everyone of us is attached to a mindset and I don't expect the hermit to have a head devoid of ideas.…
Started by: Talk to you later · 2.Dec.2020 · Other/general
43 posts, 22:30 today
Equity Portfolio Advice
Does anyone of you use Motley's Fool Premium package? I also started investing with IKBR in April this year and decided to use MF recommendations. So far the return is approx. 30% but the volatility is huge. Currently I owe 15 stocks and…
Started by: Polymath · 1.Dec.2020 · Finance/banking/taxation
5 posts, 22:08 today
Housing issue for family reunification
Started by: weishung · 2.Dec.2020 · Housing in general
124 posts, 22:02 today
Ski Season 2020/2021 - predictions
There are quite a few very well off Brits who have planned to spend the winter 'working from home' in an opulent chalet in the mountains rather than in a severe lock-down in London. Their options of countries to do this would now…
Started by: Harness · 11.Nov.2020 · Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness
4 posts, 21:59 today
Kostanz
Started by: rumshot · 2.Dec.2020 · Daily life
16 posts, 21:55 today
Tree planting and view
I thought I'd seen other posts here on EF that said the view could be considered part of OP's property value. Thus if the view is going to be obstructed, the value might decrease and OP could ask the neighbor to compensate for that loss?
Started by: Mikers · 1.Dec.2020 · Housing in general
8 posts, 21:51 today
Wardrobe Suggestion
I was lucky to find this one, https://www.google.com/m... can only recommend. Ir was exactly the same need, a cabinet for the entry . He has all kinds of finishings, we chose a great cabinet fully finished, custom made. I…
Started by: Ryan_CH · 2.Dec.2020 · Housing in general
56 posts, 21:40 today
What are the rules about winter tyres and…
UV hardens the tyre. That’s why they are stored in bags and preferably darkness to preserve life. I have about 80 spare tyres in my garage, many of which are special purpose and very expensive. The age and storage conditions are…
Started by: coolbeanz · 2.Dec.2020 · Transportation/driving
90 posts, 21:24 today
Nuclear Scientist killed in Iran.
I am sure they would have considered assassinations to delay Manhattan project so the Soviets could catch up. But they did not have to, they had Communist sympathizers and spies who ferried all US nuke secretes to Stalin. Would I…
Started by: Pashosh · 28.Nov.2020 · International affairs/politics
27 posts, 21:15 today
Is it possible to build a cabin in the woods?
Most likely the reason why no. 2 is advertized as "Schrebergarten" is because most likely one is not allowed to live/take a holiday there. The phrasing of the ad gives me hunches. <<kehren Sie anschliessend gestärkt in den Arbeitsalltag…
Started by: Susie-Q · 2.Dec.2020 · Housing in general
26 posts, 20:54 today
Reality check: find an IT job in Zurich/Basel…
I also have "problems" with the Swiss reality. I'm a software engineer, more on the side of algorithms and low level in general but my skills are wide. Unfortunately I'm constantly bombarded with JavaScript offers, or Mobile apps…
Started by: abete · 17.Nov.2020 · Employment
40 posts, 20:48 today
Porch pirates in Switzerland?
I don't understand Romanian but I can identify it. Look, I agree that we should not generalise, however, this has been a known issue for at least a decade. They are usually affiliated with the gangs of beggars who will do things like…
Started by: Atheri · 25.Nov.2020 · Complaints corner
44 posts, 20:43 today
Taxes in Switzerland
Yes, it looks to be wrongly made the payslip deductions... I guess this problem would be solved during tax filling form, in the case would make >120 per year, as is not clear when in 2020 started to work
Started by: chemles · 25.Nov.2020 · Finance/banking/taxation
8 posts, 20:38 today
Replacement apartment blocks being built
At least these ones will be nicer. We've got the official percentages, maxima and minima. We'll check the plans carefully against these, obviously. The only one I'm not totally sure is this one: Floor area max. (Geschossflächenzifferm...…
Started by: NotAllThere · 2.Dec.2020 · Daily life
24 posts, 20:21 today
Good News! Pot Noodles are here!
Yumihana is the best. I remember when they had the restaurant with the supermarket some 10 years back (opposite their current location) Shame it's only the supermarket now. They are really friendly.The Korean grandma is still around -…
Started by: starmir · 27.Nov.2020 · Daily life
10 posts, 20:13 today
Windows 10 hidden gems for improving your…
As a native English speaker, perhaps because other languages are much kinder to you. English makes little attempt at a phonetic spelling, so someone learning English has learn all sorts of rules: wound : p.p. of to wind (note not wind:…
Started by: Gravity · 2.Dec.2020 · Language corner
13 posts, 20:10 today
AirBnb Dishonest Bait and Switch Ripoff
Concierge247. There was no bank confirmation. However, they also attempted to charge my credit card for a damage deposit without warning and without it being in the t&c's but the bank rejected it automatically. I ended up speaking to…
Started by: makeabigwish · 2.Dec.2020 · Complaints corner
109 posts, 19:54 today
Good Beer -- Where Can You Buy It?
British cheese is the best - especially the blues. As for beers, as an earlier poster mentioned, Rio Getränkemarkt is really good for a variety of Swiss and imported beers - Sudwerk brew a few beers that I enjoy, as does…
Started by: Cali-Bruce · 25.Jul.2013 · Food and drink
4 posts, 19:35 today
New SBB Leisure Travelcard: 20 unlimited…
Started by: bossie · 2.Dec.2020 · Transportation/driving
13 posts, 19:26 today
UBS backgound test
Hey there, thanks for your answers. I must admit I was expecting though to hear from someone who had passed through this process In the end I've decided to accept the other offer (a bird in the hand...). I'll try to update my…
Started by: diego · 30.Nov.2020 · Employment
66 posts, 18:47 today
Paying in daycare vs. staying at home
My wife is a mandarin native speaker - and that requires a lot of effort, at least if we want baby to end up being a reader and not just a speaker. Pleasingly baby at 13 months can already identify all the body parts (eyes, ears,…
Started by: chrisawina · 20.Oct.2020 · Education
21 posts, 18:47 today
Travelling to neighbouring countries over…
you can go for the day. There are no hotels open for you to stay in but you can ski from 24th. I think there may be some restaurants open but not on the mountains and no bars. Which is annoying as we had a list of restaurants that we…
Started by: HappyCreature · 1.Dec.2020 · Family matters/health
25 posts, 18:41 today
Law on oil heating
1. the percentage loss from all the parts other than the radiators is greater for higher temps. 2. the heat pump is more efficient (kw's of heat produced per kw of electricity used) at lower output temperatures. so if you can pump the…
Started by: Phil_MCR · 8.Apr.2019 · Housing in general
1 post, 18:16 today
Dry boat storage ideas and prices. Zug and…
Started by: PanFastic · 2.Dec.2020 · Transportation/driving
18 posts, 17:21 today
Harassment from Landlord
Agree. Funnily enough though, you'll hear lots of complaints about some agencies, especially Wincasa. Never had any problems with them, in fact till we buy our own apt/house we'll never venture to rent from private landlords, too risky…
Started by: Marcq · 30.Nov.2020 · Housing in general
25 posts, 15:21 today
Fust AG. Bad experience.
I don't buy too much from Fust but wanted to get a Black Friday Apple TV for 150. They were out of stock so I ordered online late on Friday to ensure I got the bargain. I picked it up from the Jelmoli branch last night with no issues. …
Started by: Rakapas · 16.Mar.2016 · Complaints corner
59 posts, 15:11 today
Coronavirus pandemic: Germany seeks EU deal…
I think we are spoiled rotten here and will always feel shortchanged skiing elsewhere. I love the fact that one can actually get seriously lost here between the beginning and end of slopes. I still would like to ski in Colorado though,…
Started by: markalex · 26.Nov.2020 · Daily life
4 posts, 15:00 today
Exit, Dignitas...assisted suicide
Started by: Talk to you later · 2.Dec.2020 · Other/general
6 posts, 14:53 today
Pellet stoves
Where a friend of mine lives, they replaced the heating with pellet. I'm surprised to read they can hear it at all times. In my friends place you hear nothing until the pellets are ... delivered? refilled? THAT WAS LOUD, LOL. Not sure how…
Started by: smileygreebins · 2.Dec.2020 · Daily life
63 posts, 14:25 today
Church bell
Can you please film yourself when you go to the Gemeinde to make your complaint? Or rather, the response of the staff there? We could all do with some cheering up. Teasing aside, regularly occurring noise is one of those things…
Started by: rumshot · 28.Nov.2020 · Complaints corner
36 posts, 14:14 today
Raising of maximum allowable ROI on rental…
Yes it does. But be prepared to sit with it for the long term. Think of it as a pension. Assuming a 30% down-payment, your gross yield on capital invested is +-6.25% after bank interest. When it comes to taxes, it's important to…
Started by: EPMike · 22.Nov.2020 · Finance/banking/taxation
38 posts, 14:09 today
Does everyone officially introduce themselves…
Thank you - I couldn’t agree with you more! This ‚doing something for someone because you may need them one day’ is a concept I don’t llke or live by and I’m willing to live with those consequences. To each his own. Maybe…
Started by: Capetownian · 24.Nov.2020 · Daily life
23 posts, 14:02 today
Advice on tenant who did not pay rent and…
There are very specific rules around subletting. For example, your "tenant" could claim your sublet to him was not valid as you did not obtain the authorization from the landlord or provide him a copy of the original contract. But if…
Started by: Swedeinbasel · 2.Dec.2020 · Housing in general
12 posts, 13:28 today
Notice period
In the UK I would tend agree with you. However, there are 12 months in the year. "One month's notice" could easily also be interpreted as being "one of those months", otherwise it's a proportion of one month and a proportion of the…
Started by: dcthang · 1.Dec.2020 · Employment
53 posts, 12:49 today
"Your German is not good enough..."
C'mon guys, it's only a stupid remark. If I had a nickel every time I've read a derisive / ignorant / moronic comment about my culture or my country... I haven't heard irl from Swiss people that my German/French/English is not good…
Started by: NotAllThere · 27.Nov.2020 · Daily life
16 posts, 09:47 today
Dominion insider blows whistle on voter fraud.
Started by: California Dreamer · 2.Dec.2020 · International affairs/politics
17 posts, 06:56 today
Easyjet Handluggage
Then if you want to take a bag for the hold or the over head bin, you pay for that. Otherwise at booking you just click 'skip seat selection' .. When you online checkin a seat will be allocated anyway. I've never selected a seat…
Started by: blackbird · 1.Dec.2020 · Travel/day trips/free time
36 posts, 05:30 today
Rude Customs guy
...particularly when you drive a high-end car with a central europe license plate, and you are southern europe national with a B resident permit... :D:D:D I came to Switzerland, profiting from a Friday business meeting, to go skiing…
Started by: Nocando · 14.Oct.2020 · Complaints corner
8 posts, 22:36 yesterday
Leaving Switzerland exporting car but not…
Thank you for your answers. The car is currently registered in Basel and has Swiss plates. The idea suggested by Urs Max is what I had in mind in terms of exporting. The only worry is that I will not be importing it anywhere after…
Started by: timenotpass · 29.Nov.2020 · Leaving Switzerland
55 posts, 21:49 yesterday
Swiss (traffic) police - what a joke
I don't understand the deference to the supposed good qualities of Vaud police. E.g. everybody knows the dealers on Lausanne streets. The cops kept their eyes wide shut until the businesses started pressing the politicians to do something.…
Started by: V__ · 29.Nov.2020 · Complaints corner
The Local Switzerland
Switzerland's news in English

'Not another Ischgl': Switzerland unveils plans to make ski slopes safer this winter

Switzerland’s neighbours are fearful of outbreaks if they allow their residents to hit the slopes this winter. In order to encourage tourists, a number of safety measures have been proposed.

IN PICTURES: Swiss flags hang over protesting French ski village

IN PICTURES: Swiss flags hang over protesting French ski village

The French village of Châtel is protesting against the closure of their ski lifts by flying Swiss flags from the town hall.

Coronavirus: Will Switzerland introduce a working from home obligation?

Coronavirus: Will Switzerland introduce a working from home obligation?

Switzerland’s Health Minister has proposed a working from home obligation. If approved, the measure will apply until January 20th.

How Switzerland is setting up its unprecedented vaccination infrastructure

How Switzerland is setting up its unprecedented vaccination infrastructure

As Switzerland is planning to roll out the coronavirus vaccine at the end of January, health officials are putting together an intricate immunisation system that is unprecedented in recent history.