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Family moving from US to Switzerland

Hi all. Happy to be a new member of the forum! My family and I (wife and two elementary-aged kids) will be moving from the US to Switzerland late Spring 2014. I've decided to take a new position in Bern with my current US-based company. One of my first tasks is to find a great home and International School (more questions on that later). I'm just now kicking off my research...there's so much to learn and just a bit of anxiety to calm. Although we're well traveled, we've never lived abroad and speak absolutely no German (but excited to learn). We're embracing the idea that life will be very different! Looking forward to chatting.
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Hi. Your kids will learn more German if you put them in a state school.
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Welcome to the Forum, and soon to Switzerland.
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Welcome and tell your wife to read my blog from the beginning, www.trailingwife.blogspot.com

Y'all will be fine. Keep an open mind.
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Re: Family moving from US to Switzerland

Welcome! My family moved to the French speaking part just a few months ago. Get the level 1 Rosetta Stone and learn some basic German before you arrive. I found it was pretty easy to adjust to the new culture. Swiss people are very friendly. Good luck and enjoy your new life in Switzerland
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Re: Family moving from US to Switzerland

Welcome to the forum.

recommend to both you, your wife and family to each spend some time each day to read various threads by the forum.

There is so much to learn & be accustomed by, it is good.

It is a good country for a family.

Mainly by renting the choice is usually an apartment, so ensure you have more than one balcony, one for you & spouse, another for the Big children, if you have a third great. Then next, just make sure you have convenience to the washer/dryer facilities.
Hopefully your company have a course about settling in. Big thing once you get your first home, ensure you let your new neighbours know who you are, Either send a meet us over coffee in our home (Date & Timing), or we are who we are etc & hope to arrange meet up on future date (can be anytime in next year ish).
Just pop a note into the various postboxes.
Ensure your relevant names are on your postbox (ask landlord or agent which is your postbox, you will get a key for it)

It can be taken as an insult if you move and do not introduce yourself.

Am sure apart from some hiccups moving, you will all enjoy your life in Switzerland, especially if you like peace
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Hello and welcome to the forum.
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Re: Family moving from US to Switzerland

Welcome to the forum. How old are the kids? If not too near the teens then think about putting them into a local school. You'd be surprised at how quickly they pick up the language and Swiss schools are pretty good at helping them.

As part of your research check the IRS website regarding your continuing filing requirements and also google FATCA which is causing plenty of problems here for Americans on the banking side of things. Quite a lot on the forum too, down in the Finance/Taxation section.

A really good book to get is "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.
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Re: Family moving from US to Switzerland

welcome to the forum, Bern is a beautiful and very laid-back (by Swiss standards) city and the country can be an amazing place!!!
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