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Hm, because it's home and also somewhere where I can actually talk to my neighbours in a language we both understand.
And it's cheap 😂. Particularly in my case coming from the north east!
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I don't think I'd want to be living in the UK at the moment, too much uncertainty for my liking. Not just the pandemic situation, but also the Brexit thing and how the economy is going to go (and I'd say it's worse in Scotland, my local authority has a massive deficit at the moment). I also don't like the fact I'm tied to home by the house I can't sell or get rented out for the time being. It's made life here very difficult and we've no idea if any of us (36 owners) will get compensation.

At the moment I just cheerfully accept the fact I don't know the half of what's being said to me in places like shops (my fault for being a failure when it comes to German). Luckily most of our neighbours/friends speak English, also OH's job is English speaking so we're not exactly isolated.

I do miss the banter at places like bus stops and on public transport in Scotland though. Love it when someone gives me their life story in under 10 mins
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long term, UK may be a winner from climate change too
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I don't think I'd want to be living in the UK at the moment, too much uncertainty for my liking. Not just the pandemic situation, but also the Brexit thing and how the economy is going to go (and I'd say it's worse in Scotland, my local authority has a massive deficit at the moment). I also don't like the fact I'm tied to home by the house I can't sell or get rented out for the time being. It's made life here very difficult and we've no idea if any of us (36 owners) will get compensation.

At the moment I just cheerfully accept the fact I don't know the half of what's being said to me in places like shops (my fault for being a failure when it comes to German). Luckily most of our neighbours/friends speak English, also OH's job is English speaking so we're not exactly isolated.

I do miss the banter at places like bus stops and on public transport in Scotland though. Love it when someone gives me their life story in under 10 mins
Glad to here that you seem to have found at least some comfort and respite here from the turbulence back home.
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Re: Planning to retire to the UK

I'm grateful for the experience of living in a nice little city that has lots of museums, galleries etc in it. In some respects Basel is not unlike Edinburgh with its old parts and new parts and it's very pedestrian to get round as well. There's always something to discover and sometimes I've come across things just by chance. If anyone had said to me 10 years ago that in my mid to late 50s I'd have thought they were daft

The house situation in Scotland is just one of those unfortunate things that happens, part of the the development subsiding was totally unexpected, but it is what it is and we have to get on with it as best as we can. It's also taught me I can't live on a private gated development either, especially if you have a rubbish management company and unfriendly neighbours. It becomes like a prison.
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Been sitting on my hands, and wondering, why would anyone go back to UK at the moment? No need to reply of course- but just wondering.
Good morning. Life is strange. If you had asked me in my thirties if I'd go back, the answer would have been no, no way. You get on with life, raise your children if you have a family, and then suddenly approaching 50 the kids start leaving, and in our case, 3 have gone to university in Scotland. We've raised our family and we've spent the past few years, every week, pouring over where to return to live in Scotland, after considering everywhere in France, Corsica and a few other destinations. I'm originally from Scotland, and my wife's gentle insistance has tipped the choice in her favour. She's always felt at home there, even though she's from another European country.

Apart from the weather, it is pretty much a great place to live for us, but it's a personal choice. We don't enjoy summer here, it's too hot for us. We have our shutters closed all day, living in the dark to keep the house cool. Doesn't really make sense to us any more. We enjoy the sea, the scenery, the endless events and things to see and do, the people, the food, the friendliness, the fact that, by and large, people are HAPPY. That's something that is missing here it seems, at least in the Geneva area. People seems to be stuck here with golden handcuffs. And it is very affordable for retirement, compared to here.

I think the final choice has to be on where you feel best with your heart and where you feel happy. If it's here, absolutely good. For us it's definitely a return to Scotland and what feels like home. When you touch down on the tarmac you just feel it.

There, I'll take off my rose tinted glasses and have a coffee now
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Old 30.08.2020, 13:40
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I prefer the UK weather to CH weather anyway, but I guess I'm not a hot weather person.
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Old 30.08.2020, 14:47
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And it's cheap 😂. Particularly in my case coming from the north east!
Aye, but you can forget the bit about a language that can be understood...
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Re: Planning to retire to the UK

GEtoUK - thanks for that. Of course, you didn't have to reply - and apologies for breaking into your thread. Bonne chance, and hope you find going 'back home' the best thing for you.


Just as an aside- there are places in Switzerland which do offer cooler and more temperate weather - and many not far from Geneva either. But do ejnoy Bonnie Scotland.
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GEtoUK - thanks for that. Of course, you didn't have to reply - and apologies for breaking into your thread. Bonne chance, and hope you find going 'back home' the best thing for you.


Just as an aside- there are places in Switzerland which do offer cooler and more temperate weather - and many not far from Geneva either. But do ejnoy Bonnie Scotland.
No problem, your question wasn't intrusive at all. Everyone is entitled to chose what matters to them in terms or a home, there's no right or wrong. Afterwards of course there can be considerations concerning safety, health and so on.
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"We don't enjoy summer here, it's too hot for us."
I have exactly the same problem, being from the east coast of Scotland anything over about 25c and I'm struggling and Basel is extremely humid. London was another killer for me when I lived there as it used to hit 30c + in summer and the air quality was dire.

I had a scary moment in Madrid a few years ago, made the colossal mistake of picking the hottest week in the year. It was 38c on the street thermometers and I thought I was going to spontaneously combust. Ended up back in our hotel room with a towel filled with ice on my head and another wrapped round my feet and ankles feeling pretty sick
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"We don't enjoy summer here, it's too hot for us."
I have exactly the same problem, being from the east coast of Scotland anything over about 25c and I'm struggling and Basel is extremely humid. London was another killer for me when I lived there as it used to hit 30c + in summer and the air quality was dire.

I had a scary moment in Madrid a few years ago, made the colossal mistake of picking the hottest week in the year. It was 38c on the street thermometers and I thought I was going to spontaneously combust. Ended up back in our hotel room with a towel filled with ice on my head and another wrapped round my feet and ankles feeling pretty sick
Despite being from the NE of England I like it hot, but 38 would be too much for me. In an ideal world every day would be like a Swiss summers day - about 25 to 30.
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My sister lived in Saudi Arabia for 9 years and the heat and the sand storms used to get to her at times. She used to be glad to come back to Scotland for a holiday and a bit of dreich weather lol
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oh absolutely, my ideal temp is anything between 23 and 28 max. I could not bear to live in Geneva or many low altitude locations in this very varied Switzerland. The above temps are normal where I live- and it always cools beautifully for a good night's sleep. So Switzerland is not the problem re heat- just the location.
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oh absolutely, my ideal temp is anything between 23 and 28 max. I could not bear to live in Geneva or many low altitude locations in this very varied Switzerland. The above temps are normal where I live- and it always cools beautifully for a good night's sleep. So Switzerland is not the problem re heat- just the location.
Hot countries are fine, you just need air conditioning in the same way as you need central heating living in Switzerland.
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For some, it works. Not for me- I like windows opened and fresh air.
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We had Swiss friends for dinner about 6 weeks before lockdown, they'd never been to our flat so I showed them round. My bedroom window was open on the tilt and they asked how we managed to sleep in such a cold room lol
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We had Swiss friends for dinner about 6 weeks before lockdown, they'd never been to our flat so I showed them round. My bedroom window was open on the tilt and they asked how we managed to sleep in such a cold room lol
That's funny.

Our bedroom window is open all year, summer and winter. The only problem in summer is the noise.
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That's funny.

Our bedroom window is open all year, summer and winter. The only problem in summer is the noise.
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The UK and Switzerland (and many other countries) have reciprocal pension arrangements. I receive my UK state pension paid in CHF (which goes up and down each month, but mainly down). This is paid to my ZKB account. The opposite direction is also possible.

It would be total nonsense and administrative nightmare if this changed after Brexit...
I remember reading something about Swiss pension being reduced if you go retire outside of CH in certain countries and also the need to pay Swiss health insurance. But I can't remember what those circumstances are (and never checked if they were true).
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