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Basic Information for Newcomers to Switzerland

Living and Working in Switzerland Official information for Newcomers - the Government Site.
Swissworld - Your Gateway to Switzerland. There seems to be an unbelievable amount of information on the site itself and there are also many external links. The FAQ section includes questions which EFers often ask and the Page with Government links could be useful too.

Many things in this country are ruled by the communes (parishes, towns, villages) so the list of links to them is also a great idea.

SwissInfo - Current news stories on many subjects and in many languages -
Just Landed - Another link for Newcomers - in English. Lots of information and more links.

'About Switzerland' - Some of the Info in here is two years old; kindergarten/school begin need checking; good information though.
AngloInfo - help for new arrivals and others

Greater Zürich Area - Information on the whole of Switzerland too. Easy reading for newcomers who know nothing about the country.
Social Security - Rights and Obligations

Hello Schweiz - more to look at; unfortunately only in German.

Obviously personal advice from those in similar situations can be more helpful and more detailed, but these Sites could form a basis of background knowledge to your 'Swiss Experience'.

Students in Basel - A Thread in Introductions, but has several useful links and tips in.

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The Swiss Chancellery has just put English translations online of the:

Swiss Civil Code (deals with issues such as family law, marriages, names, property, etc.)
Swiss Code of Obligations (deals with stuff like contracts, employment law, company law, rent, etc.)
Swiss Penal Code (deals with the criminal law stuff).

The Swiss Constitution has been online for some time.

But remember only German, French and Italian are the official languages. The English translation is for convenience only.

There are also translations of various other laws and ordinances (see whole list) but somehow I do not expect that much interest on the Ordinance on Beverage Containers.
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

A great resource. The site is maintained by the federal government, by the way. Thanks for the link!
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

Nice.

From the "About swissworld" link:
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swissworld.org is published by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, General Secretariat, Presence Switzerland.
Presence Switzerland promotes an authentic image of modern Switzerland worldwide.
For those who already live in Switzerland, may I also suggest the ch.ch - The Swiss portal site. Its "About ch.ch" link states:
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Switzerland's Official Web Portal
The Swiss portal ch.ch is the national gateway to Switzerland. It is Switzerland’s electronic business card and the main point of access to online information from the federal government, the cantons and local authorities in German, French, Italian, Romansh and English.
and is signed by the Federal Chancellery, e-Government Section.
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

AWESOME site, been reading it for half an hour already, thanks a lot!
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

This Expat Site has masses of info which might prove useful to newcomers and old hands alike.

A lot of it may well be found in Threads on EF already, but the easier it is to find the better.
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

Finding that my trusty Schweizer Brevier was over ten years old I decided to buy an up-to-date one. This is a booklet with masses of basic information about this country, the sort of things I should know but don't. Also included now are various Internet Links.

It is now called Die Schweiz in ihrer Vielfalt in German. Published by Kümmerly + Frey ISBN 978-3-259-05531-1

In English it is Switzerland in all its diversity (Breviary) Engl. Ausgabe 2009/2010 ISBN 978-3-259-05533-5

It is really quite a useful work and at Fr.16.80 is just within my budget...
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

Thanks for the link, most helpful.
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

hey i visited this site..Its really great..
Thanks for sharing the link dude...
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

The contents of the site is of course really handy. But I frankly wonder why you only mention it now, I have been using it for a long time already, it's been online since 2001. To compare, see here. Unfortunately, not all archives are accessible.
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But I frankly wonder why you only mention it now, I have been using it for a long time already, it's been online since 2001…
If 'you' means me, the answer is logical enough. I only mention it 'now’, because I only found it 'now'.


Until I had been in the Forum for several months and had started looking up information for other people, it would never have occurred to me to look for anything about Switzerland on the Internet under English words.

When I might have found it useful for my own needs, it was simply not there; the Forum, the Swissworld site, the Internet, none of this existed.

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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

Thanks for explaining. Half of our lifes consists of explanations. Einstein (a Zurich educated guy...) already knew it:
"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother".







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Thanks for explaining. Half of our lifes consists of explanations. Einstein (a Zurich educated guy...) already knew it:
"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother".
The best quote I've heard in ages.
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Living and working in Switzerland

I have just found these very useful documents for those who intend to move to live in Switzerland.

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/etc/medialib...s-alltag-e.pdf

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/etc/medialib...igration-e.pdf
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New version of Living and Working in Switzerland

The latest version of Living and Working in Switzerland (August 2010) is due out soon,

You can order it here, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Worki...2451892&sr=1-4



685'000 Swiss citizens live abroad

Ende 2009 waren bei den offiziellen Vertretungen der Schweiz im Ausland insgesamt 684'974 Schweizer Staatsangehörige angemeldet. Diese Zahl entspricht etwa der Bevölkerung des Kantons Waadt. http://www.swissemigration.ch/laende...x.html?lang=de#

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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

There is a new book called Swiss watching being sold in Orel Fuessli right now. Good to give newbies some direction.
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

Great info again today! Thank
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

something less practical but immensely entertaining - 'Living with the Swiss', written by a British guy who lives in Bern, Deacon Dewes or something along these lines. The book also has practical suggestions and views on life, but all in all, a great read...A Swiss version of Bill Bryson.
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Re: Basic Information about Switzerland - Swissworld

As you see, this Thread is now closed but if you discover another source of relevant information which is NOT mentioned here, please contact a Moderator, giving the link, so that it can be added. Also, if links in here do not work, please let us know! Thanks you.
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SwissInfo - How To Guide

Just found this useful guide about Switzerland in English, as it has all sorts of sections: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/Specials...l?cid=28304286

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Welcome to Switzerland: How To, a practical guide that presents foreigners, tourists and the Swiss abroad with handy tips and up-to-date information about Switzerland. Six sections – from daily life to politics – couple practical explanations with additional context to offer a one-stop shop on numerous aspects of Swiss society. Whether you want to become a Swiss citizen or find a restaurant in Zurich, "Switzerland: How To" will show you how.
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