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Best areas to live in Zurich with kids

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My husband and i are moving our family of 6 from Sweden to Zurich in less than 1 month we are getting help on finding an apartment from the company he will work with. But just to be certain of the right place to live with children, i would like some suggestions on which areas are more family friendly and international with families from other european countries for a family with 4 children from age 10,7,4 and 1 years old. We want them to attend local schools however a good school with good support system since German will be a new language for them.

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Re: Best areas to live in Zurich with kids

Do you mean the city or the country? You will likely be able to get more for your money in the countryside, but there (might be) fewer non-german speaking foreigners and thus less support in schools.
I live in a cheaper part of the city (Affoltern-Neuaffoltern) which is in the north west part, many foreigners here, very international, but then it depends what you mean by European, there are a number of Portuguese and Italian, but I think the most common European is former Yugoslavian, Czechoslovakian. My daughters best friends parents come from Kenya, Italy, Kosovo, Portugal and Switzerland. Not many Northern Europeans, and no Scandinavians that I know of, if your idea if to be close to Scandinavians to ease the cultural transition for your kids then probably not the best. But then Zurich is small, and if there is not already a meetup group for Scandinavian kids I'm sure you could start one, and then meet up irrespective of the area you live.
To be honest, in Switzerland there are not really cultural enclaves as such, (except the Jewish area) and the is much more mixing of different foreigners, much better in my opinion, than what happens in my home country of the UK where you end up with Bangladeshis here, West Indian there, Russian oligarch the other.....
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Re: Best areas to live in Zurich with kids

Hi thank you for taking the time to reply. I think my post was a bit rushed and not very clear. Well i am also British, married to a Swede, so i understand you description about home. We have been living in Stockholm for some years now which is some what multicultural band i really want to maintain that with my kids, because we are a mixed cultures family, they have always attended a multicultural school but in more affluent areas, so in I just wanted to get the same for them in Zurich but not necessarily super posh. But then again i don't know what the schooling system is like if it matters so much.
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Re: Best areas to live in Zurich with kids

Well, the more expensive places are by the lake, the cheaper places in the Northern part of the city, with a third of the population of Zurich being foreign, multicultural is not an issue anywhere in the city.
Schools are not like the UK model, they are pretty equal in quality everywhere, teachers vary though.
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Where in Stockholm are you living? Thought I could try to draw some comparisons/differences re: Zürich
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good areas i suggest wollishofen or enge
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