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Old 07.02.2012, 14:55
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Family of 4 living in france and working in Basel

I have heard that its cheaper than living in Basel, is that true???

Sorry i wrote the tittle wrong, family of 2 babies, so family of 4!
Anybody knows??

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Old 07.02.2012, 15:10
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Re: Family of 2 living in france and working in Basel

Family of 2 is cheaper in Basel.
Family of 4 is cheaper in France.

That seem to be the general consensus but YMMV. The French give good incentives to families with children.
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Old 07.02.2012, 15:13
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Re: Family of 2 living in france and working in Basel

For our family of 2 (not including pets), life is significantly cheaper in France. People stating otherwise have usually not personally tried both.
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Re: Family of 2 living in france and working in Basel

Beautiful Fairy .. you are paying taxes in Baselland right? There is a significant tax variation between BS and BL.

Ullainga, did you move from BS or BL?
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Re: Family of 2 living in france and working in Basel

I want to know i have a friend who is thinking about moving to France, they are a family of two babies.
I live currently in BL.
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I want to know i have a friend who is thinking about moving to France, they are a family of two babies.
I live currently in BL.

Ok! Well then where you live is not relevant.

My point simply was that taxes are higher in Basel Stadt, and I was interested to know if Ullainga moved from BS or BL - as if she moved from lower tax BL, then the difference when moving from higher tax BS would be presumeably even greater.
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Ullainga, did you move from BS or BL?
BL.

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Re: Family of 2 living in france and working in Basel

As I said, YMMV. There are lots of factors involved. Your friend will have to do all the calculations, taxes, health care, commuting costs, exchange fluctuation, etc. herself.

One reason it's so cheap now is the exchange rate is really good for working Basel and living in France. As I said, the French love families. There are lots of benefits to being a family with kids in France that they don't have in Switzerland.

But Ullinga is right, I haven't done it myself. That's the word on the street.

I'm sure there are other things to consider that haven't been mentioned. So I would suggest research research research.
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Re: Family of 2 living in france and working in Basel

A colleague and I recently compared costs for a single person - taking into account tax, insurances and rent, it worked out cheaper to be living in France. THe tax and insurances balanced out, but renting appeared to be over a third cheaper for the same sort of apartment - alternatively, the same amount of rent would cover an apartment almost twice as big as the one I have in Basel.
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As I said, YMMV. There are lots of factors involved. Your friend will have to do all the calculations, taxes, health care, commuting costs, exchange fluctuation, etc. herself.

One reason it's so cheap now is the exchange rate is really good for working Basel and living in France. As I said, the French love families. There are lots of benefits to being a family with kids in France that they don't have in Switzerland.

But Ullinga is right, I haven't done it myself. That's the word on the street.

I'm sure there are other things to consider that haven't been mentioned. So I would suggest research research research.
Good luck!


What it means??

Sorry....english is not my mother tongue :s
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Re: Family of 2 living in france and working in Basel

Your Mileage May Vary. Of course, it should be Your Kilometerage May Vary here in Switzerland.

It means ... each situation is slightly different.
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Re: Family of 4 living in france and working in Basel

Just found this thread.. but my question is slightly different... Is it possible to live in Mulhouse area of France and work in Zug... meaning the transport time and ease?? Understand its around 1.5hr drive but whats that an a train??Thanks..
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Just found this thread.. but my question is slightly different... Is it possible to live in Mulhouse area of France and work in Zug... meaning the transport time and ease?? Understand its around 1.5hr drive but whats that an a train??Thanks..

everything and anything is possible, you just need to decide if you want to travel that distance

www.sbb.ch for train times.
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Re: Family of 4 living in france and working in Basel

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I have visited Mulhouse many times for shopping, you would be lucky to do it in 1.5 hr on a weekday I think. Also it is a bit run down IMHO, would you really want to live there nd have such a long commute as well?
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Re: Family of 4 living in france and working in Basel

2 hrs 11 minutes, with changes in Basel and Zurich, is the standard for just after 7am next Monday ( as an example.)

The first one that takes under that time (1 hr 55)
leaves Mulhouse at 0906, with just a change in ZUrich.

(source: the German train timetable website.)

Why Mulhouse? There are much closer places over the Fr border, that would be far more convenient for a family that has one person working in Switzerland. There are some nice little villages literally just over the border.
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