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1 year in Switzerland - a honest report

Switzerland is amazing.
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Re: 1 year in Switzerland - a honest report

Do you have free parking everywhere and cheap hotels with large rooms and cheap restaurants?
If you don't have these things then it's impossible for it to be amazing.
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Re: 1 year in Switzerland - a honest report

Absolutely boring thread :-) (but happy you are happy here)
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Switzerland is amazing.
That's the blitz-spirit in you
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Old 23.03.2017, 12:12
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We should all be Swiss.
This country works in so many aspects.

I attended a networking event in Porsche Centre Zug last week and I did find my self in the power point presentation of the host (Canton Zug) quite a few times.

The effort that the canton Zug is doing to make you adapt better in the local life is amazing. They (gemainde) made an German course. They organise / send you networking events. Lots of info on local carnival and events.

I got my permit in 5 days here in Zug.

In the UK, I waited 11 months for 11 month for permanent (wife waited 9 months)

The care for my children and their adaptation with the German language has been amassing. Older daughter just been cleared off for 1st grade start in September.

Work wise, I could write a book on "How not to start a business in Switzerland"
That is completely my fault - as I don't speak good German, but luckily I get jobs trough my English web site and that balances it. Slowly getting Swiss clients as well, mainly trough word of mouth and after they've seen the quality of my work.

My advise to folks who where like me a year or so ago before the move:
  • Move here if you are a hard worker.
  • If you don't get the job - try harder. You are the foreigner here and I think you should do double, compared with what the locals are doing.
  • Swiss are Swiss and they do things their own way.
  • They like top service.
  • They like you to be on time.
  • It is hard to get Swiss clients but once they trust you, you will have an ongoing work relation with them for years.

No, Swiss don't hate foreigners. Smile more. If you enter a premises with a grumpy face, acting un-polite, you are not going to get a smile back.

Last week of March and still good spring skiing on Andermatt and Engelberg. Last year after the move we skiing on 4th of may on Engelberg top.
What more can I ask?

Off course there are things that annoy me, but hey... nobody is perfect.

So for you potential movers. Do your re-search. Plan wisely. It's not up to the Swiss liking you or not. Its about you. It is up to you.

... and yes. Swiss rubbish bag are expensive. But they have recycling centers everywhere and those centers are cleaner that most hospitals in third world countries.

Cheers to you all you have been assisting me here on the forum. Peace!
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Re: 1 year in Switzerland - a honest report

Im actually Swiss but only lived here for four years, I like the feeling you can feel safe pretty much anywhere in Switzerland
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Re: 1 year in Switzerland - a honest report

OK, there it is. I found it.

I hate the small /narrow car parks that are made for small cars.

They should all be demolished and rebuilt to a higher standard.
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OK, there it is. I found it.

I hate the small /narrow car parks that are made for small cars.

They should all be demolished and rebuilt to a higher standard.
Easy, get rid of the SUV

(But I agree with you)
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Re: 1 year in Switzerland - a honest report

This was refreshing! I was already bracing myself for "one of those" threads again...

I couldn't agree with OP more. I made my decision to stay after only 2 weeks here. That was 5,5 years ago... never been happier!
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Old 07.04.2017, 11:57
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Work wise, I could write a book on "How not to start a business in Switzerland"
That is completely my fault - as I don't speak good German, but luckily I get jobs trough my English web site and that balances it. Slowly getting Swiss clients as well, mainly trough word of mouth and after they've seen the quality of my work.
out of interest, what kind of work do you do?
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- Vehicle Graphics/ Wrapping - Cars, Vans and Trucks
- Computer Cut Vinyl Lettering and Logos
- Vinyl Window Graphics
- Wall Graphics (Home, Office, Shop, Art Gallery, Museum)
- Frosted Etched Vinyl / Privacy Vinyl Film
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Easy, get rid of the SUV

(But I agree with you)
Not much of a SUV but a bulky VW Sharan is what I drive and cannot get rid of! I really need the 3 seats in the back row!
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Do you have free parking everywhere and cheap hotels with large rooms and cheap restaurants?
If you don't have these things then it's impossible for it to be amazing.
Perhaps the OP is amazed by the lack of free parking, expensive hotels, small rooms and expensive restaurants. After all, St Paul's cathedral is amusing, awful and artificial.
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Perhaps the OP is amazed by the lack of free parking, expensive hotels, small rooms and expensive restaurants. After all, St Paul's cathedral is amusing, awful and artificial.
I live in Cham and my workshop is in Knonau. Plenty of parking where I am.

P.S. St Paul's cathedral is amazing piece of architecture!

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Have you been invited for a dinner by a Swiss person in their home?
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Have you been invited for a dinner by a Swiss person in their home?
Yes. And we had swiss friends over for meal. It was once in this first year.

But why is this so important for you?

We are busy. Both families have children. Lots to do!

At the end of the day I don't care if I don't get invited to someone else's home.

My life is full as it is. Plenty to do.
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The almost Friday thread that wasn't...


But I do agree with the OP. It's the Rivendale of planet Earth.
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Re: 1 year in Switzerland - a honest report

After only a couple of months here I knew I was in love with the place. In a couple of years I'll be going for my citizenship.
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Why do you think I should work twice as much as the Swiss here? I already, as a woman, get paid less and now I have to do double??? Thanks mate.
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