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Raising your child in Switzerland. Hindsight and experience...

Hi all,

A quick background first of all. My wife and I are both 27, and will be moving to the Lucerne area with a 1 year old boy.
From all I have gathered, schooling, safety, health care and outdoor life are all part of a potentially excellent upbringing and future for our boy.

We'd love to hear of anyone's experience of moving from abroad (we're coming from UK) and raising their children in Switzerland.
Looking back do you have any regrets?
Anything we should know that we might not have picked up during our research?

Looking forward to all your thoughts and experiences.

Thanks,

Andrew.
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Me and my 3,5 yr old boy think this is a great country to grow up.
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My child and me too!
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Hi all,

A quick background first of all. My wife and I are both 27, and will be moving to the Lucerne area with a 1 year old boy.
From all I have gathered, schooling, safety, health care and outdoor life are all part of a potentially excellent upbringing and future for our boy.

We'd love to hear of anyone's experience of moving from abroad (we're coming from UK) and raising their children in Switzerland.
Looking back do you have any regrets?
Anything we should know that we might not have picked up during our research?

Looking forward to all your thoughts and experiences.

Thanks,

Andrew.
Depends where one is coming from. If one comes from the war in Syria then its a paradise. If you are coming from Australia then its not exactly the most exciting county. Living stsndards are high if you have the money to afford it. If not its the pits!
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Depends very much on your expectations and choices... The mountains, lakes and woods are for free - and if you choose your location carefully, rents and housing costs are much lower than in London or San Fran, for sure. Education is free- but I'd say the main difference is that here kids are less molly-coddled and protected- walking to school, using sport equipment and tools, etc- is considered learning- and the attitude is that over-protection leads to more, nor less, accident and injuries- as kids learn balance, skills and common sense at a young age. It can be very hard for those who have grown up in a very different setting, like the USA.

This doubly or more so, in rural areas like mine. Kids are expected to take some risks, fall, graze their knees, learn from it ...

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And your 3,5 yr son has a lot of experience of living elsewhere I imagine
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I moved here with a 3yr old. She is now 11. We both think Switzerland is great place for her to grow up.
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I suppose that some of it is a matter of where you live exactly, but I've found that Switzerland is a wonderful place to raise children (my son is now 8). It's so safe and so incredibly clean... and beautiful.
I'm from the US, and they do things a bit differently here (for example, children do two years of kindergarten instead of just one, but maybe that is different in each canton). One thing I do find a bit odd is that children have to begin school so early in the morning here and have rather strange school hours, but you get use to it.
With language, I suggest having your child socialized with Swiss children here as soon as possible (enroll him in play groups, daycare, etc.) so he can pick up on the language more quickly and easily.
Lucerne is such a lovely place. The lake there is absolutely stunning, as are the sunsets. I think you and your family will be very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.
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And your 3,5 yr son has a lot of experience of living elsewhere I imagine
You should learn to read before attempting to be a smart-ass.

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We'd love to hear of anyone's experience of moving from abroad (we're coming from UK) and raising their children in Switzerland.
Yes we moved from abroad, and yes we raise our child here.
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Re: Raising your child in Switzerland. Hindsight and experience...

Thanks to all so far for the comments, really takes a weight off seeing mostly positive experience!
A large part of the move is to give our son the best possible opportunity in life, so if he can be happy then I'll be happy.

Hopefully he'll get socialised ASAP and I'm sure he'll pick up the language.
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Depends where one is coming from. If one comes from the war in Syria then its a paradise. If you are coming from Australia then its not exactly the most exciting county. Living stsndards are high if you have the money to afford it. If not its the pits!
It looks like you really miss your old country....have you thought about retiring there?

(hope you won't complain "but but there are too many immmigrantss!!!!")
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It looks like you really miss your old country....have you thought about retiring there?

(hope you won't complain "but but there are too many immmigrantss!!!!")
I wondered about this myself, there seems to be absolutely nothing in this country he likes, and life in Australia should be nice with a Swiss Pension (I recall O worked here for decades).

A nice house in the middle of nowhere, no foreigners, no full trams, no public toilets, no cars just nothing to get disturbed about just perfect for him.
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I wondered about this myself, there seems to be absolutely nothing in this country he likes, and life in Australia should be nice with a Swiss Pension (I recall O worked here for decades).

A nice house in the middle of nowhere, no foreigners, no full trams, no public toilets, no cars just nothing to get disturbed about just perfect for him.
Indeed....and he could live very well on his Swiss pension which would defo go a long(er) way in Australia. (he also complains about high Swiss prices/rip-offs etc etc )
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Re: Raising your child in Switzerland. Hindsight and experience...

I don't understand, either, why Omtatsat (and some others) complain so much, but please let's not overlook that he (like some of the others who complain) also mentions good things about living here (like his swims in the river).

Like every single one of us, Omtatsat, too, must have his reasons why he is still here.
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I don't understand, either, why Omtatsat (and some others) complain so much, but please let's not overlook that he (like some of the others who complain) also mentions good things about living here (like his swims in the river).

Like every single one of us, Omtatsat, too, must have his reasons why he is still here.
There are plenty of reasons one stays in a place even if we don’t like every aspect of the life there.
Family is a big reason and I believe Omtatstat has family here and Swiss citizenship.
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I don't understand, either, why Omtatsat (and some others) complain so much, but please let's not overlook that he (like some of the others who complain) also mentions good things about living here (like his swims in the river).

Like every single one of us, Omtatsat, too, must have his reasons why he is still here.
As for his swims in the river, he swims sort of close to the water treatment plant and to quote him:

"I do go bathing nearby at Werd Insel and the smell is enough to make one vomit."
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children do two years of kindergarten instead of just one, but maybe that is different in each canton
It is, three years starting at age 3 here, and the same fixed school hours for all schools, unlike in the German bits.

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It is, three years starting at age 3 here, and the same fixed school hours for all schools, unlike in the German bits.

Tom
Yep Zurich 2 yrs, starting at 4 and if parents want to like we do one year later. Our boy is born almost on the date limit so he should actually go and be the youngest in class, but he simply is not ready yet so we go one year later.
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from another fellow Scot!

I have no kids, but I would honestly say this is a lovely country to bring up children in. We have a number of little ones of different European nationalities in our apartment building and they're all delightful little munchkins
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Our two kids grew up in Switzerland - more plusses than minuses.
Central Switzerland is beautiful, though the immediate area north of Lucerne city is not the prettiest - the motorways, converging rail lines and old heavy industry all concentrated in the valley mean it is down-market compared to other areas around Luzern. The up-side of that is that it is cosmopolitan, has fewer professional expats, and rents and apartment prices are lower.
Your local community (neighbours, preschool organisation etc ) is going to be very important.
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