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Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

Hi all,

I got recently offered the possibility to work in Vaduz and was wondering if I should take the offer. At the moment I am currently living in Zürich centre and I absolutely love this city, especially in the summer. After having had the chance to live in big cities in the past (NYC, London and Hong Kong) I was a bit scared of finding Zürich too small, but it actually exceeded my expectations in all aspects.

The problem comes when comparing Zürich to Vaduz… I have been once in Liechtenstein’s capital and the first adjective that comes to my mind when thinking about that visit is “boring”. The nature surrounding the city is very beautiful, but that’s it. It looks too calm for my taste.

Thus, was thinking about commuting from Zürich every day, but then I realized how much time I would be “wasting” per year and immediately discarded this option.

Second idea I had is to look at towns in between the two so that I can enjoy Zürich lifestyle from time to time. I found somewhat well-connected by train the town of Pfäffikon, but it would be still about two hours “lost” every single working day.

The third option is living in a town nearby Vaduz such as Sargans, Buchs or Grabs, but they seem like the typical towns where I would get bored (lack of bars/restaurants, young people, etc.).

One more thing to consider is that I am 30 years old and I do not speak Schweizerdeutsch nor German, so living in a place where, in general, people cannot understand me or do not speak English is a no-go for me.

I would highly appreciate whatever you can bring to the table. Would be glad to read your thoughts and based on that make a more informed decision.
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Re: Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

Make sure that you even CAN move to Vaduz. From what I have heard that is mostly not giveneven if you work there. Mostpeople travel into it for work.

What about St. Gallen? Still not next to it but can be considered a town.
Or maybe Walensee but that is very small.
I would probably try St. Gallen. There is also a good train connection to Zurich from there if you miss the little big city
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Re: Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

St. Gallen is not really closer to Vaduz if you take public transport. With the car, the difference is about 30 mins.

Given how you describe Zürich, I would stay there and pass on the offer unless the job in Vaduz is absolutely stellar. Nothing in the Rhine valley is remotely resembling city life.
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Re: Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

If you're 30, single, speak no German and have no kids you would need a really good reason to justify moving from Zurich (the only city that comes anywhere close to being considered a big city) to a place like Vaduz. Your social life will disappear and you will come to resent the job and the amount of time you spend commuting (basically time lost/wasted if you ask me). I moved from Zurich to Zug for tax purposes and while I really like Zug, it's not really the ideal place to be a single Auslander.....I couldn't even imagine what a place like Vaduz would be like!

With all this WFH maybe you could see if it's possible to work 2 days from home (say from Zurich) and rent a small room/WG for a few days a week nearer to your office. That way you still retain some of the Zurich vibe without sacrificing on the job offer.

My other question for you is how often do you actually get out in Zurich, like do you do stuff mid week or only on weekends? If you only really go out on weekends you could move closer to Vaduz and just rent an airbnb in Zurich every weekend and still enjoy the nightlife.
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One more thing to consider is that I am 30 years old and I do not speak Schweizerdeutsch nor German, so living in a place where, in general, people cannot understand me or do not speak English is a no-go for me.
Learn German then.
Forcing yourself into an environment that pushes in that direction may actually be helpful. But the social life will definitely be less enjoyable given how you describe Zürich.

That said, half the population in your age group will be comfortable conversing in English, eager even.
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Make sure that you even CAN move to Vaduz. From what I have heard that is mostly not giveneven if you work there. Mostpeople travel into it for work.

What about St. Gallen? Still not next to it but can be considered a town.
Or maybe Walensee but that is very small.
I would probably try St. Gallen. There is also a good train connection to Zurich from there if you miss the little big city
I am not interested in moving to Vaduz. Might be interested in moving somewhere close to Vaduz, but in Switzerland. The last thing I want is losing the Swiss residence permit.

St Gallen is not an option because it is more or less as far away as Zürich. I was in Lachen last weekend and loved the town. It is still quite far away from Vaduz, but at least a bit closer and not too far from Zürich.

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St. Gallen is not really closer to Vaduz if you take public transport. With the car, the difference is about 30 mins.

Given how you describe Zürich, I would stay there and pass on the offer unless the job in Vaduz is absolutely stellar. Nothing in the Rhine valley is remotely resembling city life.

Thanks, I agree with your points.


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If you're 30, single, speak no German and have no kids you would need a really good reason to justify moving from Zurich (the only city that comes anywhere close to being considered a big city) to a place like Vaduz. Your social life will disappear and you will come to resent the job and the amount of time you spend commuting (basically time lost/wasted if you ask me). I moved from Zurich to Zug for tax purposes and while I really like Zug, it's not really the ideal place to be a single Auslander.....I couldn't even imagine what a place like Vaduz would be like!

With all this WFH maybe you could see if it's possible to work 2 days from home (say from Zurich) and rent a small room/WG for a few days a week nearer to your office. That way you still retain some of the Zurich vibe without sacrificing on the job offer.

My other question for you is how often do you actually get out in Zurich, like do you do stuff mid week or only on weekends? If you only really go out on weekends you could move closer to Vaduz and just rent an airbnb in Zurich every weekend and still enjoy the nightlife.
Vaduz has really nothing (sorry for people who like it). It is literally two streets that can be fully discovered in half an hour by foot.

Will try to negotiate the possibility to work from home a certain amount of time per week. Otherwise it will not work I see.

Exactly, that is what I thought. If I would would let's say to Lachen then if I want to go to Zürich in the weekend I can go to an Airbnb and still save money given that rent and taxes are lower in kanton Schwyz.

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Learn German then.
Forcing yourself into an environment that pushes in that direction may actually be helpful. But the social life will definitely be less enjoyable given how you describe Zürich.

That said, half the population in your age group will be comfortable conversing in English, eager even.
I am getting there, but still I like multicultural environments with expats, people that come and go, people that travelled, etc. Being in a "dorf" with farmers (with all respect) is not something for me.
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Re: Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

Depends a bit where you live in Zurich and how you would commute. By car and if you are fast to A3 Wiedikon, you only save 20 mins by moving to Lachen. Which is not much for then having to "commute" weekdays and weekends. Public transport to Vaduz is probably crap with changing in Sargans, Buchs and (in case of Lachen) possibly Ziegelbrücke.
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Re: Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

Someone mentioned Walensee, meaning Walendstadt. Like Sargans (and Valduz), these are small towns, 5-6000 people.

Consider Chur. It's 1/2 hour's drive and 1 hour by train from Vaduz. 35,000 people and amenities of a canton capital, tourism draws some variety in food etc. Fast train to Zurich. But generally conservative, and one of the least immigrant-friendly large cantons in my limited experience, though others may have better info.

I second the points about German.
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Re: Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

Just as an idea: getting yourself a small secondary apartment for weekdays somewhere in Buchs/Grabs SG is not as crazy idea as it might look. And keep your Zürich apartment for FriSatSun nights. There are plenty of places in low 1000 CHF/month, some of what would may be saved on commute costs, just make sure a Vaduz offer covers this extra. That way you get a short commute to work place, a place to practice some Dexterity and keep the Zürich vibe on the weekends.
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I am getting there, but still I like multicultural environments with expats, people that come and go, people that travelled, etc. Being in a "dorf" with farmers (with all respect) is not something for me.
You seem to think that only expats travel (obviously a 2-week holidays on the Seychelles doesn't count). You couldn't be further from the truth. I see your point though WRT people, well, living in another world.

That said, Feldkirch (Austria) may be worth considering. Unfortunatly traffic jams will most certainly be an issue.
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Re: Working in Vaduz and living in Switzerland

Thank you very much to everyone for sharing your thoughts. Your help was very helpful!

In the end I decided to reject the offer, but I am positive that the information here will work for whoever needs to make the same decision in the future.
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You seem to think that only expats travel (obviously a 2-week holidays on the Seychelles doesn't count). You couldn't be further from the truth. I see your point though WRT people, well, living in another world.

That said, Feldkirch (Austria) may be worth considering. Unfortunatly traffic jams will most certainly be an issue.
…as would Austrian taxes! Shame as Feldkirch is a nice and lively town
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Ouch, I forgot about those.
I find the entire right side of the Rhine all the way up (down) to Lindau and including the Allgäu very nice, the welcoming people as well as the landscape.
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