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What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

well....the flag's a big plus
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

Don't know about biggest, but here are some advantages in my view:

-quality of life, especially food quality! (I start appreciating this more when I'm abroad)

-safety/security (maybe a little less nowadays)

-punctuality (quite important to me! Things usually run on time)

-hygiene (clean streets etc..), I think this also contributes to the overall good health of people here

Boring options I guess!
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

Advantage is relative. Advantage over living where?

E.g. Switzerland is better than the UK in terms of skiing. The UK is better than Switzerland in terms of availability of a decent curry.
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Safety, quality of life and the general collective effort to make sure the country remains relatively clean are three big factors.

However, my favourite thing about living here is the fact that it is great for exploring other parts of Europe as well. You can easily fly or catch a train to dozens of fascinating cities and explore a host of different cultures. I know that is something friends back home are very jealous of!
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

The absence of Brown Sugar
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

Let's cut the safety crap as it's all a big farse. Taxes, for the most part I would assume and the availability of mountains if you're into such things.
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

There are none. Go away...
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

To me, the biggest advantages of living in Switzerland are:
  1. Being a central location in Europe, I had the chance to build an EU-wide professional network. Being an interesting business location for global clients (in my field), I even enlarged my professional network to include contacts in Africa, Asia, and Middle East.
  2. It is close to my hometown in Northern Italy, so I can pop over whenever to visit my family.
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. . . and the general collective effort to make sure the country remains relatively clean
Sorry . . don`t agree with that point. My feeling is that there is a growing disregard in respect to that - and I am talking particularly about young people ( arrrr those young `uns).
Go down by Zürichsee on a morning following a nice sunny day - it`s like a shit tip.
I hate going hiking ealry on a sunday morning - taking a train from the HB - it`s like walking through a disaster area - the trains are even worse at that time. Squelching through spilt pools or Red Bull everywhere.
On most railway stations, if you want to sit on one of the benches it is just disgusting becuase the floor all the way around them is thick with years of spit, spilt beer, vomit. It`s worse than a pair of Hell`s Angels jeans.
For sure the state puts a lot of resources into cleaning up and also it`s worse in my home country (UK) - but I defintiely think that there are a groing numbe rof people here who just don`t give a s**t.
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For sure the state puts a lot of resources into cleaning up and also it`s worse in my home country (UK) - but I definitely think that there are a growing number of people here who just don`t give a s**t.
That will be the bastard foreigner expats then.


Mountains, lakes, forests, trails to run and hike which is good, because TV is crap.

Good quality housing, food, and did I mention the mountains ....?
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However, my favourite thing about living here is the fact that it is great for exploring other parts of Europe as well. You can easily fly or catch a train to dozens of fascinating cities and explore a host of different cultures. I know that is something friends back home are very jealous of!
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To me, the biggest advantages of living in Switzerland are:
  1. Being a central location in Europe, I had the chance to build an EU-wide professional network. Being an interesting business location for global clients (in my field), I even enlarged my professional network to include contacts in Africa, Asia, and Middle East.
  2. It is close to my hometown in Northern Italy, so I can pop over whenever to visit my family.
So for both of you it's the ease of getting out of here!

I like the dirty money here. Without the low bank interest, we would be a lot poorer!

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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

Mountains, lakes, vineyards ... hikers' paradise
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Sorry . . don`t agree with that point. My feeling is that there is a growing disregard in respect to that - and I am talking particularly about young people ( arrrr those young `uns).
Go down by Zürichsee on a morning following a nice sunny day - it`s like a shit tip.
I hate going hiking ealry on a sunday morning - taking a train from the HB - it`s like walking through a disaster area - the trains are even worse at that time. Squelching through spilt pools or Red Bull everywhere.
On most railway stations, if you want to sit on one of the benches it is just disgusting becuase the floor all the way around them is thick with years of spit, spilt beer, vomit. It`s worse than a pair of Hell`s Angels jeans.
For sure the state puts a lot of resources into cleaning up and also it`s worse in my home country (UK) - but I defintiely think that there are a groing numbe rof people here who just don`t give a s**t.
Absolutely. In some areas, at certain times, it can be pretty gruesome and many young people today do have a lack of pride and respect when it comes to keeping public places clean for others.

But, as you alluded to, this is less common here than, say, London. I was there over the weekend and I think HB on a Sunday morning is often more preferable to say, Clapham Junction on almost any morning

However, I do understand where you are coming from and I don't like how it has crept in over the past few years.
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

I love the internationalism of the country. The people for the most part are decent, honest, polite and friendly when you get to know them. You can have an almost holiday lifestyle. Oh, and the pay. And the RAV. And Lindt chocolate. And rivers and mountains and meadows and snow and lakes and trains and journeys. Marvellous, time for a Weiss Bier.
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Sorry . . don`t agree with that point. My feeling is that there is a growing disregard in respect to that - and I am talking particularly about young people ( arrrr those young `uns).
Go down by Zürichsee on a morning following a nice sunny day - it`s like a shit tip.
I hate going hiking ealry on a sunday morning - taking a train from the HB - it`s like walking through a disaster area - the trains are even worse at that time. Squelching through spilt pools or Red Bull everywhere.
On most railway stations, if you want to sit on one of the benches it is just disgusting becuase the floor all the way around them is thick with years of spit, spilt beer, vomit. It`s worse than a pair of Hell`s Angels jeans.
For sure the state puts a lot of resources into cleaning up and also it`s worse in my home country (UK) - but I defintiely think that there are a groing numbe rof people here who just don`t give a s**t.
I used to think that there was a pattern on the pavements in a lot of places until I realised it was fossilised chewing gum!

Really though, the forests, the mountains and lakes, as Assassin says, the good housing (if rather expensive), the public transport (there is no way I could live in the UK without a car), and of course EF .
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So for both of you it's the ease of getting out of here!

I like the dirty money here. Without the low bank interest, we would be a lot poorer!

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I did think that to myself after posting that. I'd like to add that there are, indeed, many areas of differing beauty and culture inside Switzerland which I enjoy visiting equally! Interlaken, almost anywhere in the Jura and (now that I am living here) Zurich are just three places that are incredibly beautiful (apart from HB on a Sunday morning!)

I'm yet to venture into the Italian part of the country but I'm told it is also very picturesque!
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Re: What's the biggest advantage of living in Switzerland ?

Dependable public transport and very close proximity to several countries, usually no more than a bus or train ride away. The strong Swiss Franc helps too!
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Makes hiking a lot easier!! In my corner (northeast) of the US hiking without a car is, to all intents and purposes, impossible.
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So for both of you it's the ease of getting out of here!

I like the dirty money here. Without the low bank interest, we would be a lot poorer!

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Well, it depends what your goals are upon relocation to Switzerland - which are different for everyone else.

My goals and the reason why I moved here in the first place were the two abovementioned: professional network, and easy access to my family. At the time, I had no other particular reason to come to CH.

2.5 years later, I am glad I came, and I am glad I stayed - not only I fulfilled the above goals, but I got to know a naturally beautiful country, and most of all I met great friends who, I hope, will remain friends for life.

And now I am also glad to move on...
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