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Old 19.12.2017, 16:01
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Hi Mike, I see you've already met some of the needlessly petty belligerence that met me when I joined.

I'm also a Mancunian (though I haven't lived in Manc for some time) in the process of moving to Switzerland.

This is what I've picked up recently (others can correct me if I'm wrong):

1. Tax is lower than the UK, by how much completely depends on the Kanton. Where I'm going (Bern) I've seen tax quotes as low as 12%. Some, such as Zug, offer extra incentives for businesses.

2. Expect to pay exorbitant prices for many items, such as groceries. Food is higher, often more than double what I pay where I'm currently living in Germany. By way of example, a pizza in a restaurant can be 2, 3 and even 4 times the price of the same pizza in another country. Wine seems to be about the same.
You can border shop, however: you're allowed to bring a certain amount of groceries back from over the border plus you can claim back the VAT.
Postal and shipping also seems to be expensive. Example, shipping on a book to Germany I wanted to buy was 27 francs (£20) in Switzerland. The same book shipped from elsewhere in the EU was about 4euro (£3.50).

3. Unlike the UK, you pay compulsorily for your healthcare which can get expensive.

4. Geneva, I believe, is super expensive, though I'm not sure about places like Laussane, which is about 50mins from Geneva airport.
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Old 19.12.2017, 17:29
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Hi Mike, I see you've already met some of the needlessly petty belligerence that met me when I joined.

I'm also a Mancunian ...
...and a successful internationally published satirist - sarcastic and facetious - lacking time to talk to others, not getting what he wants when he wants it for free from a community he doesn't like, asking for state handouts.

But being a Mancunian won't be held against you.

There may be a reason you're experiencing headwinds on here. You may find it a chore to follow Forum rules but don't wet yourself when called on it.

All the information the OP requires is available from previous threads, which he's no doubt browsing. The false sense of self is the thorn.

Choose love. Good Luck!
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*yawn.
Most people have been nice and helpful here.
It's only a minority who have been fractious and pouty.
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Americans let their ass do all the work, while brits have to work with their own arse...
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Lots of Brits now use "ass". Like many other American English words it has not so subtly crept into the Britain English language and is now on its way to being firmly entrenched.
perhaps he has a pet ass/donkey and makes it work very hard for him
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Re: Moving out of the UK - Advice on Switzerland

We pay the highest health insurance in the whole of Switzerland and one of the highest tax rate. Bear this in mind. However, prices are coming down regarding rents and there seems to be more choice now than when we arrived 7 years ago and could not find anything under 3200 CHF/month!


The Geneva region is lovely, but you need to decide which side of the lake you want to live. There is only one bridge (Pont du Mt Blanc), well know for its outrageous traffic jams. Would you be able to work from home or would you need an office base?
If you need to go to the airport regularly, then I'd advise that you chose the Right Bank, North Geneva, Pays de Gex (France) such as Divonne.


As both EU citizens, you and your girlfriend would be off quotas to get a work permit in Switzerland, but post Brexit, the situation could change, in which case your chances will be limited. For example last year, Geneva only allocated 110 non EU work permits! It even had to "buy some off" neighbouring cantons such as Fribourg. So you can imagine if you suddenly are non EU!


Good luck! Many Brits and many Poles in Geneva, high possibilities you'll strike friendships quickly.
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Many Brits and many Poles in Geneva, high possibilities you'll strike friendships quickly.
I live on Rive Droite with my partner, who is also Polish.

OP - Like many Swiss communes, Bellevue, Chambesy, Genthod are particularly family-oriented. A small example is the free ice rink that's installed every winter in a 5 minute walk.

Being a few minutes drive from the airport has advantages and disadvantages.

I work on Rive Gauche, towards Vesenaz. If you want to cross the Mont-Blanc bridge by car at the same time in the morning as everyone else, yes traffic is crap.

If you're prepared to commute earlier, ride a bike, use a scooter, or take the bus, it's easy and cheap.
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Re: Moving out of the UK - Advice on Switzerland

Thanks for all those that have posted helpful comments, there is a lot for me to think about. This that felt the need to be abusive or be keyboard warriors it's ok I know your type. You are the sort that would never put on a pair of rugby boots it's ok! We can't all be thick skinned and face the world head on, some people have to sit behind a computer screen feeling empowered too, it takes all sorts to make the world go round.

Anyway cheers for the comments I am doing my research from the previous threads and will make my mind up between CH and CZ.

Best wishes

Mike
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