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Old 31.08.2011, 21:51
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Re: The Swiss Think Switzerland Has A Low Quality Of Life?

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It doesn't make it better either.

There is nothing wrong with private schooling. But most people can't afford to send their kids to private school. So they are stuck with public schools which here in Argentina are getting worse and worse. If we had kids I wouldn't be able to afford to send my kids to private school and we make 3 times (or more) the national average.
And here it is the opposite, public schools have a high reputation. When I subscribed my daughter, people were very impressed with our choice but more that we were so lucky to get a place in that school! Apparently it is very difficult to get in.

Private schools are focusing on foreign languages. So for us to send her to an English school to learn 80% in english and 20% in spanish didn't make sense.

I prefer her to learn catalan and spanish first. So she can communicate with adults and kids outside of the school. When you live in country, you should learn the language of the country right?

We met a couple who were heading back to england after 2 years here. The father didn't speak spanish at all and his daughter went to International school. She had a hard time to integrate in the playgrounds because of her lack of spanish.

That was the guy's biggest regrets about the country, his mistake to not jump in and go with the flow.
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Re: The Swiss Think Switzerland Has A Low Quality Of Life?

I think it depends on how much you earn living here, 100k it's great, 75K it's doable & 50K it's a low quality of life.
Average earnings in CH is under 75k from so I think many people it's probably not that good.
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Old 31.08.2011, 23:27
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Re: The Swiss Think Switzerland Has A Low Quality Of Life?

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Life is just one big compromise. Of course from here (still in CH but near France) it is an easy commute to several cities. There might well be places where you could rent or buy a bigger place with a garden within a fairly easy commute, without having to be apart. Same as living in Surrey, Kent, etc and working in London. I know many who commute from the Midlands to London too. Look around- be inventive, think outside the box - and be prepared to compromise, as always.
I strongly believe that part of QOL is a short commute. I like a 20 minute commute (currently i commute about 10 mins!) & I like living with my DH. I don't even know what commuting from Kent, etc means. But if it means more than an hour and packed in like sardines or sitting in traffic, forget it.

Anyway, I don't find the QOL in Switzerland to be bad at all. We can live on one salary, I can be a not so starving artist and we can still buy a house 15 mins from Lausanne, 20 from Vevey, have a 2 cars, holidays, not think too much about the budget, save, etc. And our salary in CH was not over the current "can we survive in CH on.... " amount.

So, like I said, it's all relative. If you want more, more, more maybe your QOL isn't that great.
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