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50 posts, 10:38 today
Investing in real estate vs buying property
It seems two different things are being compared here. Owning home v investing into Swiss real estate. For many people buying a +-1 million home outright is out of the question, hence banks and mortgages. If you're buying the property…
Started by: user137 · 12.Apr.2019 · Finance/banking/taxation
14 posts, 10:33 today
Could this be a scam?
Something to be done to mitigate the damage? not really, you said it..what's done is done. On the other hand, don't panic or have sleepless nights about it, you seem - in my judgment- panicked. For anything to binding, you have to sign…
Started by: SwissNoobie · 18.Jun.2019 · Complaints corner
1 post, 10:30 today
Moving boxes
Started by: Spinal · 19.Jun.2019 · Items wanted
10 posts, 10:30 today
GB resident speeding in CH?
Even if sunny, it's unlikely you would have missed the flash. I suspect it was for the other lane. The tailgating is so irritating, but next time, either let them pass, or give them a taste of your window washer!
Started by: Zippy · 18.Jun.2019 · Transportation/driving
2 posts, 10:28 today
Japanese stripped-bark maple
Started by: Danielfb · 19.Jun.2019 · Daily life
13 posts, 10:23 today
Hello ,I'm new
Hi everyone. I just joined the forum, actually I just found it :| Finally after almost 3 years I'm happy than I can speak English with people although it's not my mother language but I love it. Made a lot of effort to make my English…
Started by: Saba · 15.Jun.2019 · Introductions
129 posts, 10:17 today
WW3 Again? Heck this is getting boring.
Yeah, well, that’s just like, you know, your opinion, man. Regarding the mine. Considering the absolut triviality of adding a GPS based trigger to a limpet mine and your clear lack of very simple basic technical knowledge…
Started by: slammer · 4.Nov.2017 · International affairs/politics
4 posts, 09:51 today
Geneva 'attestation' serves as 'Betreibungsregisterauszug'…
Started by: catarinac · 14.Jun.2019 · Housing in general
4 posts, 09:48 today
Joint account - gift tax?
Started by: Enohzee · 19.Jun.2019 · Finance/banking/taxation
9 posts, 09:08 today
Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air
Absolutely, I agree that we need to make progress in all branches of research. Just to clarify, making synthetic fuel from CO2 captured from air isn't new and has been around for quite some time (the same lab from ETH has shown that…
Started by: scipio · 13.Jun.2019 · Swiss politics/news
25 posts, 08:19 today
Purchasing from Amazon.com
I order from amazon.com all the time and send it to my post box on the other side of the border. I’ve never had any issues. A couple of times UPS/DHL have asked me for more info and I just tell them it’s a private purchase. I used…
Started by: Stendec · 3.Dec.2018 · Finance/banking/taxation
15 posts, 08:16 today
Best 3rd pillar account investment…
Yes. Regarding fees, why don't you check the postfinance and the VIAC websites? ;) Postfinance funds are 75% invested in stocks (possibly heavily weighted towards Swiss securities) at cost and cost ~1% pa. VIAC instead lets you…
Started by: BChristian · 30.Sep.2018 · Finance/banking/taxation
12 posts, 08:11 today
Bbq stains on the balcony
I install and renovate quite a few terrace decks, what I find works best is dish washing liquid applied neat and scrubbed in with a stiff bristled brush. Then add a bit of water and continue to scrub then rinse off liberally with water, it…
Started by: k_and_e · 18.Jun.2019 · Housing in general
91 posts, 06:35 today
Omtatsat banned
For me, it's a bit like Cath Harmony. EF still suffers from her loss. Omtatsat also has a certain interesting side, but the joke is always on him. Would welcome a more thoughtful Omtatsat back. One who has more to contribute.
Started by: k_and_e · 17.Jun.2019 · Forum support
7 posts, 05:24 today
Mieterverband Zurich (Renters association)…
If one has already a personal liability insurance, is it still make sense to buy the same insurance from the MV? The latter costs 12.- CHF per year. I tried to figure out the exact extra benefits, but it is difficult to read contracts, as…
Started by: Sandgrounder · 20.Sep.2018 · Housing in general
1 post, 02:44 today
Starting kindergarten during the school year
Started by: alpharun · 19.Jun.2019 · Education
6 posts, 22:48 yesterday
USA East Coast--Navigation System--Looking for
Check the GPS before leaving the LOT, it happend to me this year in LAX , that the car had no data in the GPS System, so it was not working at all. I perfer bulit in systems, when you got an external one, you don't know how old the data…
Started by: âkkibhatt · 18.Jun.2019 · Items wanted
44 posts, 22:48 yesterday
Where would you move?
Oh, I hope something changes for the better, for you! Here's an old thread... Maybe there's something in there for you. In post 24 I relate a true story of how a young man collected a lot of employment references within a relatively short…
Started by: BLP · 13.Jun.2019 · Leaving Switzerland
24 posts, 22:28 yesterday
A fast Brit for a change
Last Wednesday I stopped at a little restaurant near the top of the Gotthard Pass that had a row of Brit reg sports cars outside including two that match the foto. Also a nice blue Aston Martin I remember. They left in a cloud of…
Started by: slammer · 17.Jun.2019 · Swiss politics/news
1 post, 22:27 yesterday
Large 4room+ wanted in Zürich Wiedikon / Enge
Started by: elihaf · 18.Jun.2019 · Property wanted
10 posts, 21:52 yesterday
Un-smart me and EF
Doesn't the entry field have an eye icon to show what you actually typed in? If not then tpe it in plain text into the phone, say into a draft email, and make sure it is correct then copy and paste it into the password…
Started by: McTAVGE · 17.Jun.2019 · Forum support
1 post, 21:45 yesterday
Expats' voice in Geneva
Started by: McTAVGE · 18.Jun.2019 · Daily life
46 posts, 21:44 yesterday
Womens Demo in Zürich-EF Ladies here's…
Wow, scipio was clearly highlighting the ridiculousness of your argument, why did you not get that? for the avoidance of doubt the following is sarcastic, As I understand it most women regret getting the vote, it just fills their…
Started by: omtatsat · 14.Jun.2019 · Daily life
23 posts, 21:44 yesterday
Swiss, investing in french real estate
So so true, and in so many different ways. :):D. Avoid. Meanwhile, the poorer French speaking parts of CH are closer and more honest, often cheaper. Buy a nice car or bike, or a GA. Enjoy the drive to your Swiss bijo, in…
Started by: yunggucci · 24.Nov.2016 · Business & entrepreneur
43 posts, 21:25 yesterday
Neon-free = free CHF account?
Unfortunately you need to wait for your permit to arrive before you can open an account. It normally comes quite quickly though, and you can already start the process of opening an account. The first part is signing up. The second part…
Started by: ChrisNeedsToKnow · 4.Nov.2018 · Finance/banking/taxation
7 posts, 21:19 yesterday
Legal Insurance Recommendation
Legal insurance needs to be a separate insurance line (i.e. an insurance company that only provides legal insurance) since cases can often be against insurance companies and then it would be a bit awkward if it is the same company. So you…
Started by: SwissNoobie · 13.Jun.2019 · Insurance
11 posts, 21:18 yesterday
Where to knock in CH for venture capital?
You may want to try Swiss ICT Investor Club. It's an association of investors who target Swiss tech start-ups. I strongly recommend you open your search far wider. Why Zurich? it's tiny and full of risk aversion. Jump on a plane to San…
Started by: giovanniazua · 4.Apr.2019 · Business & entrepreneur
9 posts, 21:12 yesterday
Sending Money from abroad to Swiss relative
I think you got caught by the curse of New Compliance Officer Trying To Make A Name For Themselves And Not Thinking. Linked transactions (Same amount, same destination/source) sometimes get picked on. As do random ones if they trigger…
Started by: mobk · 11.Jun.2019 · Finance/banking/taxation
23 posts, 20:27 yesterday
Meeting Girls / Hooking Up / Finding a GF…
Hey Op, Sounds like circumstances in life have really eaten at your inner core to feel like this (or you're just the average ETH student), on EF we have no way of knowing. But I would definitely recommend going to a psychotherapist…
Started by: swissnative · 16.Jun.2019 · Daily life
1 post, 20:05 yesterday
USA Travel and Sim card
Started by: âkkibhatt · 18.Jun.2019 · Items wanted
1 post, 18:25 yesterday
Neighborhood greifensee
Started by: Fuzzfriendly · 18.Jun.2019 · Housing in general
12 posts, 16:19 yesterday
Form 15.30 and getting the car…
Funny thing is that I asked them about some way like this to show the car was out of CH and the only answer was basically: take it back or take it to a customs authority in France that will tell us this. No selling certificate, nothing…
Started by: macrol · 11.Jun.2019 · Transportation/driving
71 posts, 14:53 yesterday
School rankings in Switzerland
If your experience is good that is great. Ours were not so ideal. Working in the system I was frustrated by the constant changes happening, few of which seemed to really address the important issues. People always moan about the education…
Started by: Lea_lei · 14.Jan.2014 · Education
59 posts, 14:43 yesterday
Anyone know what is happening in Zug? 14/06/19
so what was happening in Zug 14/06/19 ? I saw the emergency Helicopter taking off from the train tracks at around 17:00 and a lot of emergency vehicles. This was just between the railway tracks and the gym I think just where the platforms…
Started by: NickGB · 14.Jun.2019 · Daily life
6 posts, 14:22 yesterday
Barry and Kim Rosen, are you out there?
A slide show! I didnt have time to open the pouches with the paperwork to get any more info, but we've got wedding photos.. the internet is a strange place! I just hope they get their mail. Looked like bills/banking/insurance…
Started by: pilatus1 · 18.Jun.2019 · Daily life
3 posts, 13:28 yesterday
So what does the sportamt “sport abo”…
Started by: stevebw · 30.May.2019 · Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness
12 posts, 12:38 yesterday
Buying prescription medication - local or…
I recently had to make a rushed trip to the UK and took insufficient blood pressure medication with me. It's a common medication (Losartan), but several UK pharmacies refused to fulfil the prescription (I had a copy with me) and insisted…
Started by: Euphrasia · 28.May.2019 · Family matters/health
24 posts, 12:28 yesterday
Missed appointments, not insured?
Why on earth should health insurance pay for an appointment for which you are a no-show? Remember that "health insurance" means the rest of us. I really don't see why I should have to pay the costs for the negligence of others. Our health…
Started by: Omri · 5.Jun.2019 · Daily life
15 posts, 12:10 yesterday
Assistenzbeitrag - domestic helper based on IV
Naturally, in this (like any aspect of life) it can help to have a good chance command of the local language. From my observation, however I can testify to the bitter fact that local, born-and-bred medical and legal professionals struggle…
Started by: FunnyBone · 15.May.2019 · Daily life
9 posts, 11:50 yesterday
Let's Hear it for Meiringen/Haslital & Brienz
Thinking of a morning trip to Brienz tomorrow. Park. Walk along the lake. Maybe find a bakery or similar for breakfast. Stroll through a supposedly picturesque town. Most likely leave before noon. I’ve checked google and the…
Started by: Deep Purple · 28.Jul.2013 · Travel/day trips/free time
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Zurich’s ETH uni overtakes Cambridge in new global rankings

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Swiss climbers slammed for landing plane near top of Mont Blanc

Swiss climbers slammed for landing plane near top of Mont Blanc

Two Swiss mountaineers landed a small plane less than 400 metres from the summit of Mont Blanc on Tuesday before heading for the top of Europe's tallest peak with police in pursuit, the French gendarme said.

Belgium family found dead in Swiss canton of Vaud

Belgium family found dead in Swiss canton of Vaud

A Belgian couple and their 13-year-old son were found dead on Monday in their home in the municipality of Apples in western Switzerland's Vaud canton, police have said.

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