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Switzerland vs Germany

I have two job offers right now, one in Luasanne area and another in Mannheim, Germany. Which one should I take?

I am not worried about the salary and cost of living .... but quality of life and fun factor is important, I am looking for a place to settle down for a while and buy a house or something. I would like to hear from EF members ... If you have this option, which one would you take and why?
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Re: Switzerland vs Germany

Do you want to speak German or French?
The rest is a math exercize we do not have the data for. General comment: it takes less to afford Mannheim than to afford Lausanne.
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Old 16.08.2011, 20:32
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I have spent considerable time in Mannheim and love it! But then I was commuting from its neighbour Heidelberg which I just hated.

So, in summary, I'd take Mannheim. Ordinarily I'd choose Switzerland over Germany but with this choice of cities Germany just pips Switzerland.
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Do you want to speak German or French?
The rest is a math exercize we do not have the data for. General comment: it takes less to afford Mannheim than to afford Lausanne.
Well, I will have to learn either German or French so even that is not my concern. The salary factors the cost of living in each respective area.
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I have spent considerable time in Mannheim and love it! But then I was commuting from its neighbour Heidelberg which I just hated.

So, in summary, I'd take Mannheim. Ordinarily I'd choose Switzerland over Germany but with this choice of cities Germany just pips Switzerland.
Exactly, I have the same feeling.
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Exactly, I have the same feeling.
Mannheim is small but quite fun with a young crowd and a good nightlife and choice of restaurants and it isn't expensive like Frankfurt or Munich. It also doesn't feel parochial or poor and seems safe to go out at night. Also they have a good cinema with movies in English (something that's important to me, Heidelberg doesn't).
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Also they have a good cinema with movies in English (something that's important to me, Heidelberg doesn't).
I agree. Watching nice English movies dubbed in another language just kills the fun factor.
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Re: Switzerland vs Germany

I'd go to Mannheim if I were you. Population wise, it's almost 3 times as large as Lausanne but with a lesser population density. In addition, you have the benefit of less stringet opening hours at a cheaper price with more availabillity of goods and services. Frankfurt Airport is just a short train ride away and you could benefit from great travel deals.
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Well, I will have to learn either German or French so even that is not my concern.
I do not understand this sentence. You will be the one learning the language, that goes under your concerns in my books.

On a fun but important note: sex was better in Mannheim, food better in Lausanne. Now tell us what you like (please don't say foodsex).
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I'd go to Mannheim if I were you. Population wise, it's almost 3 times as large as Lausanne but with a lesser population density. In addition, you have the benefit of less stringet opening hours at a cheaper price with more availabillity of goods and services. Frankfurt Airport is just a short train ride away and you could benefit from great travel deals.
Good point(s). Makes sense.
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I do not understand this sentence. You will be the one learning the language, that goes under your concerns in my books.

On a fun but important note: sex was better in Mannheim, food better in Lausanne. Now tell us what you like (please don't say foodsex).
Well, I do enjoy learning new languages so I would love to learn either one. Also , I am already married so exploring option 1 is like shooting myself at point blank range . Regarding the food, yes, I do love good food. There is a saying here used by the ladies, "The access to a man's heart is through his stomach"
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Tell us the salaries!
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I am not worried about the salary and cost of living
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"The access to a man's heart is through his stomach"
Actually, it's through his ribcage with a 10-inch blade
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Re: Switzerland vs Germany

I would also chose Mannheim, this based on that you mention wanting to settle and buy a house. Houses in CH are unafforable and even if you could afford one here, you'd get much more house for the money in Mannheim. I was there once on holiday, beautiful area.

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Re: Switzerland vs Germany

is buying a house really so important? sure the local culture and people are the biggest factor in determining whether you will be happy.
I would pick Lausanne over just about anywhere in Germany.
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is buying a house really so important? sure the local culture and people are the biggest factor in determining whether you will be happy.
I would pick Lausanne over just about anywhere in Germany.
Not that important right now but down the line in 2 or 3 years, I would like to own a place I can call home. I have traveled and relocated a lot but now is the time to slow down for me.
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Not that important right now but down the line in 2 or 3 years, I would like to own a place I can call home. I have traveled and relocated a lot but now is the time to slow down for me.
yes, but a rented place can also be home. Buying a house is a big investment, what if later you want to or have to move again? Swiss prices are vulnerable to interest rate rises,prices in Germany have grown much more slowy than in other countries so buying now in either location is a real risk.
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Not that important right now but down the line in 2 or 3 years, I would like to own a place I can call home. I have traveled and relocated a lot but now is the time to slow down for me.
Well, in that case another point for Mannheim. I don't know how it works in Germany...but in Switzerland, you are highly discouraged to paying off your own house (taxes etc.). In addition, you cannot really change much before having to apply for a permit...for instance, you technically cannot change the color of your house, put in a new window where there wasn't one before or even transform the attic storage space into an additional room without having to apply for a permit. Just some food for thought...
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