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Old 05.12.2012, 23:42
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Re: How would my life change if I move to CH?

Schrödingers Cat comes to mind. At your current state of mind the move to Basel is both good and bad.

You will not which one it is until you open the box?
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Should we just move to the states? where is this elusive paradise of perfect money, good life, security, jobs etc.
Such paradise does not exist and likely never will. Life is about compromises and what is important to you.

On another note, it seems one or both of you is american/green card holder, if so, you really should read up on some of the tax/banking threads here on EF with all the pains that entails being american. Your 30% increase in salary could easily all go to the IRS. And you may find in very difficult to have a normal banking/investing/retirement situation with the US passport/green card. CH is not a pleasant place for americans right now.
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Old 06.12.2012, 11:48
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Such paradise does not exist and likely never will. Life is about compromises and what is important to you.

On another note, it seems one or both of you is american/green card holder, if so, you really should read up on some of the tax/banking threads here on EF with all the pains that entails being american. Your 30% increase in salary could easily all go to the IRS. And you may find in very difficult to have a normal banking/investing/retirement situation with the US passport/green card. CH is not a pleasant place for americans right now.
I thought France already shared tax information with the US, i.e. the situation in Switzerland is the same as it has been for France for years?
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I thought France already shared tax information with the US, i.e. the situation in Switzerland is the same as it has been for France for years?
Possibly, but I'm not sure the French banks have behaved in the same way as the Swiss ones are.
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Schrödingers Cat comes to mind. At your current state of mind the move to Basel is both good and bad.

You will not which one it is until you open the box?

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I think that the situation would be more like your nightmare, ok, maybe not that bad, but no way that idyllic life you fancy. Paris with a good life for Basel? You kidding?
have to say i agree. i know paris well, and have now been in CH five years. life is not easy here, nor in Paris, but you have made a good start there. I appreciate your husband's management aspirations but that will come in time. i wouldn't move to basel to get a jump start on that.
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Re: How would my life change if I move to CH?

Just would like to post a thank you to those who responded. It has given me a good perspective and some things to seriously consider when making the decision.
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Re: How would my life change if I move to CH?

I cringe every time I read the term "quality of life".

I live in Zurich, where apparently "quality of life" is top. Really? says who? the thing is that I define "quality of life" MUCH differently than whoever defines "quality of life" for the news article I am currently reading...

yes, so your salary will go up, but the question is, how do you plan to use that? if you are going to buy a big house and a big car then perhaps you wont have much money to go skiing with a family since this costs a small fortune. All relative!

One thing for sure, having lived in paris, the GREATEST adjustment - and I mean this in the sense of the biggest as well as the best adjustment - is the sense of safety I can feel here in Zurich. In paris I often had to be very concerned about personal safety. Here, not soooo much. this is nice, and I can imagine, nicer if you have kids to worry about too. Basel is a little more chaotic, but still, Switzerland in general is quite safe!

if you have 9 weeks of vacation that you are used to, then you better get ready to lose this! decide if you can live with that, or read your contract properly and see exactly what's on offer.

One thing: I have heard many people say that the french side of Switz is nicer to live in than the german side. I can't speak from experience as I have only lived in Zurich during my time here, but I visit the french side a lot and have to say, I do like it better

I would suggest you take several days to visit and see what your gut instinct is about the city you would be moving to. People you have never met, online, can give some advice here and then, but at the end of the day you are the only person who can define "quality of life" for your family!
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Hi,
also take into account the advantage of homeschooling which is allowed in switzerland!
cheers
Jan

In case you havn't heard about it before: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschooling
cheers
Jan

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