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13 posts, 11:47 today
Insect Nets on exterior windows
Coming from Australia, where insect screens are absolutely essential, we also found it strange that they are not widely used. However, with the pollen, we discovered they are quite a liability... the pollen just makes them so…
Started by: AlexSec · 22.May.2022 · Housing in general
17 posts, 11:44 today
Can I rent a second apartment and not register?
Thanks a lot for the good and useful answers. It is clear now for me that it's not so easy. Answering to @Jim2007 , there more than one reason but the main reason for me to be in the contract is to satisfy the financial requiremets…
Started by: smsasb · 17.May.2022 · Housing in general
3 posts, 11:33 today
Expats in Mels/Sargans/Bad Ragaz
Started by: Alicja · 22.May.2022 · Social events
85 posts, 11:24 today
Leaving children alone
So, in absence of anyone with legal background on this site, came up with this in answer to your question. Google translate will work its wonders if you are interested. https://www.letsfamily.c... ...thank you so much for this link it…
Started by: magic · 16.Nov.2019 · Family matters/health
5 posts, 10:16 today
Fixed vs. Saron Mortgage or mix of both:…
Started by: energyale · 21.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
6 posts, 10:12 today
Heat Pump Water Boiler
...large is 500 litres + ;) ! No requirement for heat pump type boiler, they are far more expensive to buy and istall though, not that that benefits you, but for the electrician... all the way to the bank. A 300 litre electric…
Started by: tparker · 21.May.2022 · Housing in general
2 posts, 07:55 today
Buying UK property - How much information…
Started by: Spargel · 22.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
41 posts, 02:45 today
Difficulties finding work.
My guess is that most jobs here aren't available to me because of my inadequate German skills. Learning German to an reasonable level is good for one's career, among other significant benefits. My career has been quite successful as a…
Started by: rbe · 19.May.2022 · Employment
87 posts, 22:55 yesterday
Ukraine Refugees already in Switzerland:…
It may be a long shot but maybe write an advertisement in local migros/coop... Not sure if it could attract any scams, I hope not... The thing is that it sounds like a budget for a genossenschaft aparment. Maybe you could contact…
Started by: doropfiz · 9.Mar.2022 · Daily life
65 posts, 20:15 yesterday
Shopping Outlet Centres
I guess you know that Metzingen is the corporate headquarters of Hugo Boss? The outlet village there built up around their factory store. It’s huge! I’ve picked up plenty of things there at prices I was comfortable with. I seem to…
Started by: Guest · 28.Mar.2008 · Daily life
4 posts, 19:53 yesterday
Curtains shop in Zurich
Started by: DavyJones · 21.May.2022 · Housing in general
1 post, 18:28 yesterday
Internet in Altendorf
Started by: panost · 21.May.2022 · TV/internet/telephone
71 posts, 17:59 yesterday
Learning German from the UK?
I can highly recommend German to go. There are free videos online to see if you like the style and then it is 99 euro per year for all the videos, downloads, fb group etc or you can do 30ish euro a month and then all of your written…
Started by: PTFX · 21.Mar.2022 · Language corner
26 posts, 17:51 yesterday
Expensive business feeding your neighbours cat
Don't get me started... Many years ago we rented an apartment with a large terrace. It was open to the neighbours terrace and we asked if we could close that off (verbally). Yes, no problem. We moved in and discovered the neighbours…
Started by: marton · 18.May.2022 · Pet corner
5 posts, 17:36 yesterday
Recommended beds/mattreses in Switzerland
Started by: NickGB · 21.May.2022 · Other/general
3 posts, 16:25 yesterday
[French] Self-study for DELF B1/B2
Started by: melG · 11.May.2022 · Language corner
2 posts, 15:24 yesterday
Divorced in CH - How to file in US?
Started by: 2swissfrank · 21.May.2022 · Family matters/health
11 posts, 14:42 yesterday
Tax Planning, Moving from Zurich to Vaud
You think the authorities will not find it strange that you moved to Zug for one month without a job there? I would do option 1) you will also be able to deduct the cost of Hotel and travel to Vaud so perhaps tax saving is even better…
Started by: Vikingking · 18.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
3 posts, 13:32 yesterday
Unable to register for Identitätsnachweis…
Started by: tom_vn · 21.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
1 post, 12:01 yesterday
Tax Declaration (pro-rata of property asset?)
Started by: tparker · 21.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
32 posts, 07:54 yesterday
What is free on the street?
FYI, Hornbach sells pallets specifically meant for building furniture or other garden pieces, for 35.90 each: https://www.hornbach.ch/... Also available in green, red, grey, and dark brown. Of course, if you order lots of heavy stuff…
Started by: advarito · 17.May.2022 · Daily life
2 posts, 02:32 yesterday
The UK's Dept of Unforeseen Circumstances…
Started by: John William · 21.May.2022 · International affairs/politics
9 posts, 02:14 yesterday
Dreaded American Question: CHF to USD
I'm not sure I understand but I appreciate the assistance. My primary goal is to access a better exchange rate and avoid exorbitant fees of brick and mortar banks. A bonus would be if I could hold the CHF until the exchange rate is more…
Started by: Montagnard · 20.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
7 posts, 23:41 20.May.2022
Swiss Stock market - I want to learn about it
Subscribe to fuw.ch, the domestic equivalent of the FT and WSJ. If you prefer the occasional paper version you may want to avoid the typical Wednesday issue, all too often they're mostly fillers (except the first issues of a…
Started by: Jamboree · 20.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
9 posts, 19:06 20.May.2022
Tax at source for 12 months and then Tax return
Ok. so we were in this situation many years ago and it was *very*stressful. However, when we spoke to the tax office, it was very very easily solved. The 'bad news' is that once you go over that 120K thresshold, you will need to do tax…
Started by: Jingi · 20.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
35 posts, 18:48 20.May.2022
Dear thelocal Admins please can you disable/increase…
In general I agree. But it is also true that often in IT you are forced to touch a working system, e.g. when the OS goes end-of-life and the associated libraries with it. So better touch it while you are in control _IF_ it looks you will…
Started by: Chuff · 12.Oct.2021 · Forum support
52 posts, 16:11 20.May.2022
Lobster: name and address required for purchase
am smugly pleased to have my childhood memories of lobster bought on the dock when the boat came in (both Maine and Nova Scotia) My older brother got his thrills chasing me around the campsite with the still live critters before my dad…
Started by: MattyRedSox · 19.May.2022 · Food and drink
2 posts, 12:22 20.May.2022
Dog box, Charity
Started by: markalex · 20.May.2022 · Pet corner
8 posts, 11:57 20.May.2022
E-bikes and Swiss Customer Service - anti-rant
So far I haven't had many major issues - waitstaff can be a bit inattentive and such, but nothing earth shattering. Japan had generally good customer service, until there was something unexpected that deviated from the norm, then…
Started by: MattyRedSox · 20.May.2022 · Daily life
6 posts, 11:42 20.May.2022
Property: making a higher offer
That's exactly what the estate agent did in the U.K. when we sold our house there. He also spaced the viewing appointments so close that people viewing could see how many other people were interested. It sold much higher than the…
Started by: julmac · 19.May.2022 · Housing in general
13 posts, 09:56 20.May.2022
Place for stay
Mary, I used HitRental when I first arrived in Switzerland - they provide furnished accommodation on a month-by-month basis, and are Switzerland-wide. I had a really great experience with them, so that's another one to check out in…
Started by: maryshilpa · 19.May.2022 · Housing in general
3 posts, 08:58 20.May.2022
Clothes shopping in Konstanz
Started by: Excad · 19.May.2022 · Daily life
16 posts, 08:38 20.May.2022
Bag stolen : Lost House Key
Quick update - locksmith confirmed that if a Kaba house key is handed in somewhere there is a system where police will return to Kaba and Kaba will make sure it finds its way back to the correct management company/household.…
Started by: henryviii · 14.May.2022 · Daily life
1 post, 08:17 20.May.2022
English for children in Lausanne
Started by: eszy · 20.May.2022 · Education
5 posts, 23:42 19.May.2022
Looking for a tailor for suit trouser…
Started by: Marymary · 18.May.2022 · Daily life
2 posts, 23:03 19.May.2022
Sick leave
Started by: Beko · 19.May.2022 · Employment
24 posts, 21:54 19.May.2022
Dashcam Advice
Does explain why there are no Swiss bad driving videos on Youtube. I'm in two minds as to whether this is a good thing. People on this forum seem to believe that Swiss roads are incredibly safe, compared with the U.K. for…
Started by: robBob · 16.May.2022 · Transportation/driving
8 posts, 20:02 19.May.2022
Cash cheque?
I had a Swiss Franc government cheque drawn on a UBS account in Bern. My UBS branch in Nyon wanted f40 to ‘cash’ it into my account. When I complained to my advisor she explained that they charged the fee because they wanted to…
Started by: Snusmumriken · 19.May.2022 · Finance/banking/taxation
61 posts, 20:02 19.May.2022
Remote interviews for Swiss jobs
I don't know what you expect from this thread. Apply, if you make it through the first cut ask the company about the hiring process. You can always withdraw. I would expect though you first look in the mirror and see yourself…
Started by: Sola · 18.May.2022 · Employment
61 posts, 18:31 19.May.2022
Cost of installing charging units for electric…
Not sure why people in this forum keep comparing swiss prices with the ones of countries with a forth of the salary they get here... that's a hypocritical. Despite of that, considering that most recent EVs on the market are burning…
Started by: meloncollie · 17.Feb.2020 · Transportation/driving
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