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40 posts, 22:56 today
How to legally employ a cleaning lady/domestic…
I went through the process recently and I agree that to do it properly there are a few steps that you need to take without which it may seem rather overwhelming the first time around. I would recommend the following: 1) Info: - read…
Started by: cinzia_t · 29.Sep.2009 · Daily life
6 posts, 22:54 today
Swiss/German equivalent of Dettol??
It seems to be used on tatoos in CH. The official CH site does not mention it so these people are probably importing it. Here is one on-line supplier of the version (brown) that you seem to need. https://tattoo-needs.ch/... They…
Started by: Keefyd · 9.Sep.2017 · Family matters/health
45 posts, 22:45 today
Follow Your Dream!
I heard somewhere that there are just three things people regret when they are on their deathbed (i think i got the list right):... - being ashamed or shy to be themselves, - not pursuing what they wanted to do or liked before it's…
Started by: Dougal's Breakfast · 21.Sep.2017 · Business & entrepreneur
120 posts, 22:24 today
Expeida rant
Yes. That is the type of "walking" I was doing when I wrote: And my asking you to show enough compassion for other passengers, to cancel the ticket you aren’t going to use, was an appeal for exactly that: to ask you . Oh,…
Started by: Lily5469 · 18.Sep.2017 · Complaints corner
1 post, 22:23 today
Public crèche while self employed, Nyon VD
Started by: steakhache · 21.Sep.2017 · Education
4 posts, 21:36 today
Top box to fit a Volvo XC 60
Started by: Papa Goose · 21.Sep.2017 · Transportation/driving
3 posts, 21:19 today
SWISS (airline) launches a multiticket from…
Started by: telandy · 20.Sep.2017 · Transportation/driving
8 posts, 21:08 today
Laundry machine and hard water
I guess that it decalcs the machine, should this be necessary, but in that point I'm vague, I admit. However, it has been my experience, when living in a super "hard water" area, that a little vinegar softened the towels, for…
Started by: Phil_MCR · 21.Sep.2017 · Other/general
10 posts, 21:03 today
Dishwasher
user kdlex opened a thread yesterday with a PDF atttached that listed furniture. Neither the thread nor the pdf are available anymore but one tag was "dishwasher". Perhaps that was the one? S/he had written "Now it's our turn to move and…
Started by: tesso · 21.Sep.2017 · Items wanted
12 posts, 20:59 today
2nd pillar - can't be assigned to parents
The second pillar is conceptualised as an insurance. See here https://www.ch.ch/en/man... and here (in German) https://www.bsv.admin.ch... This latter text sets out who the "insured persons" are, and also what the "insured benefits"…
Started by: Dais · 20.Sep.2017 · Insurance
26 posts, 20:43 today
Moving to Swiss Land
This is correct so no, you did not miss anything. Pregnancy is also not really a "pre-existing condition" in the same sense certain illnesses are. Basic mandatory insurance covers a quite significant part of pregnancy and delivery…
Started by: stevetaylor · 20.Sep.2017 · Introductions
1 post, 20:30 today
Sky-dsl
Started by: stuart1956 · 21.Sep.2017 · TV/internet/telephone
23 posts, 19:45 today
Tinnitus
I also have tinnitus which comes and goes. You can try and take some magnesium bombs just before you go to bed. It definitely helps me to sleep and will also relax your muscles. Over time it can get better with this treatment. Also…
Started by: Sparrowgirl · 15.Sep.2017 · Family matters/health
10 posts, 19:32 today
Swiss Car Insurance with foreign Plates
I sent Zurich a e-mail and waiting for their reply. Really do not like making phone calls from USA to CH and get the runaround to be able to actually speak to the correct person who can give a right answer.
Started by: davesco · 21.Sep.2017 · Insurance
2 posts, 19:32 today
Advice on employment contract
Started by: avnaomi · 21.Sep.2017 · Employment
3 posts, 19:20 today
Bern Dinner Club, Mexican at 7pm on Tuesday…
Started by: Sbrinz · 21.Sep.2017 · Social events
4 posts, 19:17 today
Firefox-unable to edit a message
Started by: omtatsat · 21.Sep.2017 · Forum support
23 posts, 18:57 today
Changing a watch battery in Switzerland…
Pics? Some have a bevelled sawtooth edge. Jaxa's usually have bits to suit those (but they're a crap system for keying the back). Yes and no. If Jim has no possible use for the tool then selling it means that someone who _does_ want one…
Started by: jbrady · 20.Sep.2017 · Daily life
1 post, 18:43 today
Shipping/ transport share from the UK
Started by: private_banker · 21.Sep.2017 · Transportation/driving
71 posts, 18:04 today
Catalan independence referendum vote
Not necessarily. Perhaps the resulting difficulties should also be considered. Joining seems much simpler, especially if one side determines the applicable rules after the union. If you've overlooked something you may be able to keep the…
Started by: Medea Fleecestealer · 15.Sep.2017 · International affairs/politics
20 posts, 18:01 today
UK Amazon Fire/Roku in CH
hi, if the location in your profile is correct then you live in Basel Land and so why not with order direct from Amazon and get it sent to Las Burg and just go and pick it up from Germany. Or go to Lörrach or Freiburg and buy it in…
Started by: dannyt986 · 14.Jun.2015 · TV/internet/telephone
9 posts, 17:57 today
Cablecom -no cable connection without…
Here its explained. But I advise you to go to their outlet in Zürich to speak to them. The landlord has to stop billing you in the rent. This fee covers your cable connection. Nothing more. It costs 36 CHF. But the problem with the…
Started by: omtatsat · 21.Sep.2017 · TV/internet/telephone
5 posts, 17:53 today
Anyone living near Pfäffikon Schwyz
Started by: Gerimaz · 21.Sep.2017 · Introductions
17 posts, 17:16 today
The weird/funny/amazing thing my pet did…
Do you see this most often on trains? Small dogs must be in a bag/carrier in order to ride for free on most trains, per SBB rules. Hence the prevalence of said bags. This has been the rule for many years, but for much of that time…
Started by: Crazy Husky Lady · 16.Aug.2017 · Pet corner
89 posts, 16:59 today
Had a car accident, but insurance wants…
It is always arguable, if you can point them at a bunch of equal cars being for sale for much more they should raise the offer, or if you can point out at extra's your car has that should raise the value.
Started by: Babicaa · 20.Sep.2017 · Insurance
32 posts, 16:32 today
Swisscare insurance - is there a catch?
Based on direct experience I can say that Swisscare works, e.g. they will pay without much trouble if you get ill and they are definitely the cheapest option if you can get in. BUT there is a CATCH: As previous users stated, you can…
Started by: bridgetw · 5.Mar.2012 · Insurance
91 posts, 16:30 today
Schaffhausen - man with chain saw
Sweety, whom are you worried about as you would be about a neighbour? The culprit? You should buy Toms chainsaw, bake a cake around it and send it to jail. The people he scared? You should start a weekly group-meeting with them, with…
Started by: roegner · 24.Jul.2017 · Swiss politics/news
124 posts, 16:16 today
Kids walking to school on their own
I am comfortable here that if there is a problem someone will step in, didn't think it would be me and an unusual looking helper. I work on a quiet street away from houses with not many pedestrians apart from kids walking to school, I…
Started by: annagrynsmith · 24.Jul.2009 · Family matters/health
81 posts, 15:46 today
New type of speed camera in Zurich
Working in an office. When not on a break, you should ONLY work. Imagine EVERY time you stop working, or look at your phone, or just scratch your nose, you get a monetary fine. There are rules, rules are meant to be kept, so…
Started by: starmir · 19.Sep.2017 · Transportation/driving
36 posts, 15:45 today
Authorities for minors
Here the website of the Swiss Federation on the topic of forced marriage. Some of it is still in its infancy and in the process of being established. Some cantons have already specific point of calls where you can get advise and…
Started by: Xxxx · 21.Sep.2017 · Other/general
20 posts, 15:29 today
AWD or front-wheel drive?
FWD is inherently a stable configuration since the front wheels are pulling the car. RWD is inherently an unstable configuration since the rear wheels are pushing the car. 4WD (which is 4-wheels all the time) is quite neutral If you…
Started by: SWISSgoose · 13.Sep.2017 · Transportation/driving
11 posts, 15:28 today
EHIC medical insurance cards (UK)
Don't know how you could make this comment about me as you know nothing about my personal circumstances. Besides there are 2 sorts of residence in the UK. Anyway this is just water under the bridge now, as I will be leaving Switzerland…
Started by: Swisstree · 4.Nov.2016 · Insurance
15 posts, 15:16 today
Tax tip Shopping in Germany
Please look at this handy information from Swiss customs when you have to pay duty or VAT on goods imported while crossing the border as traveler: https://www.ezv.admin.ch... Btw. The above is the source of EdwinNL's chart.
Started by: REBENHOLZ · 21.Sep.2017 · Finance/banking/taxation
3 posts, 15:12 today
Zug Domiciled Vested Pension 2 account
Started by: S-Man · 20.Sep.2017 · Finance/banking/taxation
108 posts, 15:05 today
I am pregnant – What to expect when expecting…
Also, as a side note about classes / meetings La Leche League has meetings for breast feeding support if anyone is interested, and has one available in their area. You can find a schedule of their upcoming meetings here : I've…
Started by: Helm · 11.Aug.2016 · Family matters/health
2 posts, 14:58 today
Currency conversion CHF to GBP
Started by: sam ali · 21.Sep.2017 · Other/general
12 posts, 14:55 today
I need braces. Is it worth getting them…
Yes I'm superhappy. It took only a month and my teeth were a perfect straight line. I had (and still have) the braces, as of course it needs to be stabilized. But I'll have them removed in about two months. The lingual version is great,…
Started by: MrWhoCares · 21.Sep.2017 · Family matters/health
16 posts, 14:51 today
Good neurosurgeon in Zurich ?
His suggestions were very good kind do physio wait and see and if you are lucky no surgery or come back in 3 month for a Control. I really like the guy but I don't like the surgery. And let's face it I only have 2 opinions: one from…
Started by: SuisseRomand · 26.Sep.2012 · Family matters/health
41 posts, 14:27 today
DEGIRO stock broker: any thought?
I have a custody account, I prefer that "my stocks" remain in "my hands", but because of this dividend processing fee, I am hesitating to switch to normal account Please remember that some (most?) ETFs will actually pay out the dividend…
Started by: Dr Mick · 15.Feb.2017 · Finance/banking/taxation
15 posts, 12:22 today
My dog was attacked at a dog daycare
American hairless terrier owner here...skin infections R us! If after 6 days of the total 10 of taking antibiotics are past and your dog's (what breed is it btw?) skin is lumpy and still pussy with weeping wounds, then the treatment is…
Started by: Bluefoxx · 15.Sep.2017 · Pet corner
The Local Switzerland
Farmers suffer setback over cow horn subsidies

Farmers suffer setback over cow horn subsidies

A bid to compensate farmers for not dehorning their cows failed to win support in parliament on Thursday.

Leaders of Swiss Islamic organization face criminal charges

Leaders of Swiss Islamic organization face criminal charges

Swiss federal prosecutors have brought charges against leading members of the country’s largest Islamic organization in a criminal probe into jihadist propaganda.

Press welcomes Cassis election to Federal Council

Press welcomes Cassis election to Federal Council

Swiss newspapers have reacted positively to the election of Ignazio Cassis as the new member of the Swiss government.

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