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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Oh, I almost forgot, I also like the fact that CH has a direct democracy, and that the Swiss politicians tend to treat tax money as they would their own money and don’t run up huge deficits that « somebody else » will pay off sometime in the future… or I should say that I used to think this before the UBS debacle however I hope that the UBS story is a parenthesis in CH history, that will end up as bedtime stories to warn naughty children << .. and Ospel came and took away Hansel pocket money and>> ..
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- Excellent hasselfree public transport in cities. All major cities across the country are very well connected.
- Very safe , no drunk hooligans over the weekends in trams or trains.
- Very clean cities and public places are also maintained quite clean.
- Station/airport shops open till late.
- Beautiful lake and surroundings, extremely scenic.
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Old 23.11.2008, 22:26
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- Very clean cities and public places are also maintained quite clean.
- Station/airport shops open till late...
In generality it is true however I came across lavatories outside the large cities that were atrocious.

When it comes to shop opening hours all I can say I should hope so that some shops still stay open (Station/airport shops ) considering the fact that there is no major trade in the shopping-malls over the weekends.
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Old 23.11.2008, 22:34
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Some "little" things:

- the possibility to buy almost everything by the piece, even in big grocery stores - in Spain, everthing comes with family packs, you have to buy a dozen of everything
- good quality everywhere from gift-wraps in the shops to toilet paper in public loos
- efficient post office
- to be able to buy stamps everywhere
- the plumber that comes to your house is a professional plumber
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Hello,
I am from Turkey which has significantly different conditions of life than most European countries. Therefore I think I can be a bit more specific in terms of advantages of living in Switzerland.
1) Taxes: I was taxed %40 on my payroll in Turkey. It is %30 here. The gasoline prices are taxed %300 and rates on a new car starts around %60.
2) Traffic: Coming from a city with almost 12 million people, approximately I was spending half a day per week on heavy traffic. Here it takes 5 mins drive to get home from work.
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

I am a Californian living here now since 1987. I can say with truthfullness that I was the first person to ride a mountainbike down the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich. They looked at me like I was driving a half-million franc Ferrari. In reality, it was a cheap Taiwanese mountainbike which was thrown-in during a sale on portable CD player that I bought in the Bay Area in 1986 for about 50 bucks that I took with me (the CD player still works! They don't make things like they used to). One of my few possesions at the time. Those were the days before the first ATM teller machines even appeared in Switzerland (believe it or not). In 1987, Switzerland already having the reputation as a major banking center...you lined up at the bank to pull out even 100 CHF. Credit Cards? What is that. Cash only please. People lined up at the Post Office every month to pay their bills (some still do).

Anyway, lots change in 20 years. I was single then, was for 6 years (Zurich, by the way, is a rather lousy place to be single). Lots of hanging out at the Oliver Twist...Nelson Pub....commiserating with other English speakers..most who came and went every 2 or 3 years. But I stayed. Probably more because the longer I stayed the less there was to go back to.

Oops, getting off thread. So, that was a long time ago. I got married (an event I never thought would happen), have 2 kids now, born here, and after 21 years we applied for Swiss Citizenship, we have been approved last month (a concept I would never have fathomed not just 5 years ago).

So..to the original theme of benefits of living here (my reference point being Northern California 20 years ago, my wife's being Scotland)....in no particular order:

- Clean air, clean water
- stunning mountains, lakes, scenery
- beautiful architecture (the old, not the new) and old towns
- skiing, exercise-oriented culture (biking, hiking)
- traditional family values
- GREAT for kids...like the 1950's in America.
- safe (relatively)
- the cheese and chocolate, beef...all due to the green, green grass
- a robust diverse economy that seems to be insulated from the world (less and less as time goes by, especially lately)
- Great school system
- Fascinating culture, dialects, throwback to times of old
- Everything is so clean, esp. the bathrooms.
- A universal respect to keep everything in order and not to trash things
- Sooo close to France/Germany/Austria/Italy..even the UK (EasyJet)
- Direct Democracy: you vote for what you want, not voting for others voting for what your want (e.g. the U.S. Electoral College)

Ok, now for the negs:

- A seriously, closed society: suspicion of anyone who is an "Auslander" (applies more to couples here who are both from abroad)
- EXPENSIVE
- No decent ethnic restaurants (Chinese, Indian, Thai, Mexican) you name it (this is changing slowly for the positive as the Swiss start marrying woman from abroad and bringing them back).
- Almost impossible to buy a house
- REALLY far away from the US (my problem)
- No access to US TV...with the exception of CNN...this actually belongs to the positives, because everytime I visit the US I am disgusted by what most people poison their minds minds with 8 hours a day...)


- No English muffins.

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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Pros.

You can pull a great salary here.
Taxes are low.
Good for families.

Cons.

Everything else.
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Old 08.12.2008, 19:55
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Most of the swiss-german people are genuine, good honest people. I don't have much experience with the rest. A bit boring but once you make a friend it is mostly for life.
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

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You mean like CH having the highest salaries in Europe for <<normal>> people -- i.e. not CEOs etc ?
When I moved from Sweden to the job here I almost doubled the salary and reduced the tax by 20 % (health insurance costs included). I know that the situation is similar for Germans, my company was bought by a German company 2 years ago and many of the new colleagues want to come and work here on CH contracts.
Also, that we are 1-2 hour away from some of the best ski resorts in Europe? 3 hours away from the Med?
Hi, i have been reading all comments on this page and found CH is great place to live and work. I am Swedish living in Norway, one thing which i have been looking from the discussion is about the family benefits. Scandinavians countries have very good parental benefits, how about the parental benefits in CH?.
Do increasingly employers give such benefits?
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Not that I know of, though I guess it depends on the employer.

The state pays CHF200 per child per month up to age 16.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-allowances/
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Not that I know of, though I guess it depends on the employer.

The state pays CHF200 per child per month up to age 16.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-allowances/
Only if you work.
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

This is child allowance. I would like to know about maternity leave in CH
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This is child allowance. I would like to know about maternity leave in CH
slightly more than 3 months for the mother per the law, extension and paternity leave is up to the employer.
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

it is useful information, it means employee add this as benefits. Do you know how often employers give this extension to paternity leave, and normally for howl long?
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=maternity+leave+switzerland The info is at the very top.

14 weeks at 80% pay is the legal minimum. Some companies give 18, but not many.

If you're from Scandinavia and maternity/paternity-related benefits are relevant for you, you'd be mighty stupid to move here.

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it is useful information, it means employee add this as benefits. Do you know how often employers give this extension to paternity leave, and normally for howl long?
Paternity leave is non-existent, on a general basis that is. Well the father gets a couple of days off, but that's it.

And no, for maternity leave, there's no list of employers that give more than the minimum.
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Paternity leave is non-existent, on a general basis that is. Well the father gets a couple of days off, but that's it.

And no, for maternity leave, there's no list of employers that give more than the minimum.
Some companies may let you 'extend' this by using up overtime or vacation balances or by letting you take unpaid leave but there are no standards or official additional benefits.
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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=maternity+leave+switzerland The info is at the very top.

14 weeks at 80% pay is the legal minimum. Some companies give 18, but not many.

If you're from Scandinavia and maternity/paternity-related benefits are relevant for you, you'd be mighty stupid to move here.



Paternity leave is non-existent, on a general basis that is. Well the father gets a couple of days off, but that's it.

And no, for maternity leave, there's no list of employers that give more than the minimum.
It's worth noting that the Scandinavian parental benefits, whilst fabulous and lengthy also contribute to the huge tax rates over there to finance the state support for such things.

Here, the low taxes and the expectation that you pay directly for services you need would not appeal to anyone who expects the state to pick up the tab.

I think this is what gives people the impression that Switzerland is not 'family friendly'.
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Re: Benefits of living in Switzerland!

Herer's one benefit that I've just been a recipient of:

excrutiating back,hip and thigh pain on Wednesday, called doctor Thursday morning got an appointment for Thursday afternoon. Had blood tests, xray's for hip which was clear and sent home with painkillers with orders to phone next morning if no better.

Got out of bed next morning collapsed, no control over left leg and numb from the knee down. Told to go to hospital, he would let them know I was coming.

Hubby drove me to hospital and within 3 hours had pain relief, MRI and a visit from neurological surgeon. Slipped disc that was crushing the nerve.

Operated Saturday lunch and woke up to find the most excrutiating pain which even the morphine couldn't completely stop was gone. Had excellent nurses a phisiotherapist from next day, a room with a view, fantastic food and was home the following Thursday. I start physio today in my home town.

All that on the simplest kind of insurance.
I am truly grateful for this benefit.
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it is useful information, it means employee add this as benefits. Do you know how often employers give this extension to paternity leave, and normally for howl long?
The law says nothing about paternal leave. So basically you have 0 days as a father. Most companies, however, will give 1 day off to new fathers so they can see their sprout. Some might give you 10 working days, and I even heard about the mythical employer that offered 30 days off. It's basically up to the company itself.

Maternity leave is a meagre 14 weeks. It is really way too short, but that's what you get per law. If you are breastfeeding, you have by law the right to ask for 2 extra weeks off, but unpaid. Other than that, enlargement of the maternity leave, even if unpaid, is up to your employer.

To receive the daily maternity allowance, employees must be insured under AHV for the nine months prior to the birth and must have worked for at least five months during pregnancy.

You are protected from being fired during pregnancy, but once the sprout is out, they can fire you.

You can read a little more here.

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Here, the low taxes and the expectation that you pay directly for services you need would not appeal to anyone who expects the state to pick up the tab.

I think this is what gives people the impression that Switzerland is not 'family friendly'.
People who feel that Switzerland is not family friendly are not necessarily waiting to get a free ride. I find Switzerland very unfriendly to working mothers. Not because I want to get free monies, but because it would be nice to be able, for example, to count on the school system to not be catered to the "typical 60's family" (working father, SAHM, grandparents living down the road). Among other things which do not include getting any kind of subsidies.
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There is also this booklet which is worth reading.

https://www.seco.admin.ch/seco/en/ho...hmerinnen.html
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