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Thinking about moving to Stans

After I saw there are many EF member in Uster, I thought to give a try about Stans, as did not get anything from my Introduction Thread.

So we currently live in Germany and a my Wife got a Job in CH we are moving there this June/July and narrowed down the options to Stans / Stansstad / Oberdorf .

I heard and looked around on FB Groups, seems like there are more Foreigners and English speaking in these areas. Am I right ?

Any chance anybody here whom I can ask / get some Tips about these areas for Families ?

Thanks for reading and have a nice eve !
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Re: Thinking about moving to Stans

Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan? Or maybe Tagikistan?
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Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan? Or maybe Tagikistan?
Hemm....
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Old 21.01.2021, 23:18
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After I saw there are many EF member in Uster, I thought to give a try about Stans, as did not get anything from my Introduction Thread.

So we currently live in Germany and a my Wife got a Job in CH we are moving there this June/July and narrowed down the options to Stans / Stansstad / Oberdorf .

I heard and looked around on FB Groups, seems like there are more Foreigners and English speaking in these areas. Am I right ?

Any chance anybody here whom I can ask / get some Tips about these areas for Families ?

Thanks for reading and have a nice eve !
No tip beyond you'll be very close to Engelberg and Melchsee-Frutt ski resorts, lucky
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Old 21.01.2021, 23:18
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Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan? Or maybe Tagikistan?
Nope, Luzern
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After I saw there are many EF member in Uster, I thought to give a try about Stans, as did not get anything from my Introduction Thread.

So we currently live in Germany and a my Wife got a Job in CH we are moving there this June/July and narrowed down the options to Stans / Stansstad / Oberdorf .

I heard and looked around on FB Groups, seems like there are more Foreigners and English speaking in these areas. Am I right ?

Any chance anybody here whom I can ask / get some Tips about these areas for Families ?

Thanks for reading and have a nice eve !
Lovely area, Stanstad is right by the lake and driving just to work is a joy with all the mountains and changing weather.

Many ex pasties work for Pilatus Aircraft in nearby Buochs.

For families, shopping in Lucerne, Mount Titlis, Engelberg, Pilatus mountain for activities. Zurich 50 mins, Milan 3 hours, Andermatt, Furka pass, San Gotthardo and all the glaciers up on the many passes for stunning drives!

Nidwalden Kanton has the best tax-rates in Europe btw.

PM me if you want any help/insights.
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Re: Thinking about moving to Stans

We love Luzern and certainly have considered Stansstad as well, as a place to live. Gorgeous views over lake and close to beautiful hikes as well as a quick drive into Luzern. Also serviced by a direct train to Luzern which can also be very handy. Stans/Stansstad itself is small suburbia though, I would say, although I’m open to correction - I’ve only been there a few times for hiking in the region. Definitely great Kanton for tax benefits as well.
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Stans used to be our nearest 'large' town when we lived in Engelberg. Seemed to have everything you could need, and it's certainly a nice enough place aesthetically, with a very pretty little town centre.

Facility-wise, you're just ten minutes from Luzern, and there's also the commercial areas around Emmen, so you won't be lacking for choice of shops, but there's not _that_ much (although plenty for essentials, a decent-sized Coop, couple of bakeries, optician, pharmacy, miscellaneous small shops) in the town centre area, so you'd normally be driving.

No idea about schools and leisure facilities. I only once had occasion to visit the hospital, but it deals with most of the skiing accidents from Engelberg so is pretty well set up. Anything else specific you want to know?
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Re: Thinking about moving to Stans

The only thing to be aware of is that the NW/OW/UR Kantons are some of the the most conservative in the country. No doubt they are friendly enough to foreigners but long term you may find gaining citizenship tougher there than more liberal kantons.
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The only thing to be aware of is that the NW/OW/UR Kantons are some of the the most conservative in the country. No doubt they are friendly enough to foreigners but long term you may find gaining citizenship tougher there than more liberal kantons.
Interesting. I thought all these Citizenship Rules are governed on the Federal Level.
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Interesting. I thought all these Citizenship Rules are governed on the Federal Level.
There are two levels of Bürgerrecht, one is federal (eidgenössisch), the other one local. The Central cantons indeed are stricter, especially when it comes to how long you must have lived in the same municipality (in SZ 5 years for example).
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Re: Thinking about moving to Stans

Actually, for a standard naturalisation process you need approval at town, canton and federal level. The hardest part is usually the town level, because this is where the "integration" is determined (through interviews, knowledge tests, etc). Many conservative towns can make it hard on applicants to pass.


The new rules introduced in 2018 was a step to making the process more uniform accross the country. For example, some cantons required a minimum of 8-10 years residency (independent of the federal requirements), but now the maximum is 5 years. However, a trade-off was that all applicants must hold a C-Permit when they apply.
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