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Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

Hi all,

I'm a 27 year old Aircraft Mechanic, likely to be moving to Emmen in the next few months with my wife, baby boy and 2 dogs.

Neither me or my wife speak any German at the moment, though we intend to learn as much as we can before arrival and then progress, and my son is only 8 months old so he should pick it up.

Does anyone have any particular info or experiences which might be useful for us to know? We've done our research, but always nice to hear from locals or other expats who were in similar circumstances!
Looking forward to chatting with anyone.

Danke!
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

Hi ADuncan,

Welcome to Switzerland, and you already know the best tip which is to check things out on the forum. I found most answers to what I needed on here!

I would say my two tips would be to try and not get bogged down or too downbeat when organising paperwork etc, just stay positive and it will all fall into place, the second tip would be to try and learn German as fast as you can, it's definitely not easy and especially trying to follow Swiss German too.

As a bit of context, I moved to Zurich area last February to live with my girlfriend, after moving on from Musselburgh. I found there's plenty of unexpected costs, off ten francs etc for paperwork at the Gemeinde (local council). My first job initially fell through so I then had to find a new job after arriving, luckily I got something else sorted soon after. For me, it's taken almost a year really to get settled, know enough German and make a few friends. Maybe as a final tip, try to travel whenever you can there's plenty of great places to see, just pm if you want to ask anything, happy to help if I can,
All the best,
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And we do a wicked Burns Night and a few ceilidhs in Geneva if all else fails!
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

Well Emmen, would not be my preferred place to live.... it does not exactly have a great history for welcoming foreigners.....
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Well Emmen, would not be my preferred place to live.... it does not exactly have a great history for welcoming foreigners.....
Do you have a link to this 'history' or is it just a vague feeling or something else?
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

Finding accommodation with 2 dogs in tow could be a problem. Make sure you know what you need to do vaccination-wise, etc, by using this site.

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...frettchen.html

What breeds are they? Some cantons have restrictions on the breeds they allow so check that asap with the cantonal veterinary office. You'll need to register them with the gemeinde and they'll have to be seen by a vet within 10 days of arriving so they can be registered in the AMICUS database.

Check and double check that your pets will be allowed in any rental property; don't assume it's fine. If possible get it written into the rental contract.

It's no longer a requirement to do an SKN course, but it might be a good idea to do so anyway since it'll give you an idea of what's expected of dog owners here and will give you and your doggies a chance to socialise.

https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...on-thread.html

I'm sure Meloncollie, our resident dog expert, will be along at some point to give you more advice.
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

Emmen to Luzern is only 10 min by train.
Luzern has a lot to offer.
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

Just down the road from Emmen (less than 1Km) there's a zoo, a minature steam railway you can ride on with a playground, Ikea, a soft-play centre, lazer quest, loads of shops in the Emmen Center and lots more.
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

bwkranger - Thank you for that! Getting relatively settled in a year seems ok to me, I'd be fairly happy with that progress.

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Absolutely sold on that as a home comfort, see you there next year maybe!

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Well Emmen, would not be my preferred place to live.... it does not exactly have a great history for welcoming foreigners.....
Do you have anything more to add to that? I'll be working in Emmen, but don't necessarily have to live there though I'd prefer keeping the commute to a minimum.

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Finding accommodation with 2 dogs in tow could be a problem. Make sure you know what you need to do vaccination-wise, etc, by using this site.

What breeds are they?

Check and double check that your pets will be allowed in any rental property; don't assume it's fine. If possible get it written into the rental contract.
Thanks, that's a lot of really useful info! I've gotten relatively clued up on the dog requirements i think, but I'll check out those links tonight aswel. I'll be bringing my two huskies with me. They'd be coming out a few months after me with the wife and kid, and with fairly casual apartment searching so far I've come across a fair selection that allow pets, though I'm not sure if that's fully applicable to dogs. I've heard the nation is pretty dog friendly though?

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Just down the road from Emmen (less than 1Km) there's a zoo, a minature steam railway you can ride on with a playground, Ikea, a soft-play centre, lazer quest, loads of shops in the Emmen Center and lots more.
That all sounds great for the family, the wife will be more than happy with Ikea I'm sure.
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Do you have a link to this 'history' or is it just a vague feeling or something else?
Really, you don't remember... do a bit of googling on their willingness to grant citizenship, accept foreigners on the local council etc...
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Really, you don't remember... do a bit of googling on their willingness to grant citizenship, accept foreigners on the local council etc...
If you do mentioned googling you will find out it is history.

Sorry OP, link is in German.
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

Hello,

I would like to know if you moved already and how is it there?

I will likely get hired at Ruag and I find this thread helpful regarding housing, pets and general impressions about Emmen (I didn't think it would be dangerous to rent there, alone, as a woman).

I would highly appreciate your feedback and any other info you might have.

Thanks!!!
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Re: Young Scottish family moving to Emmen

The Emmen area is rapidly changing. In the coming years it will be swallowed up by the Luzern urban sprawl, and its provincial attitude will fade away. I wouldn’t worry much about safety or hospitality. There are enough foreigners around to ignore the Swiss judgmental glare, and enough Swiss around to keep the foreigners in line. 😃😉
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The Emmen area is rapidly changing. In the coming years it will be swallowed up by the Luzern urban sprawl, and its provincial attitude will fade away. I wouldn’t worry much about safety or hospitality. There are enough foreigners around to ignore the Swiss judgmental glare, and enough Swiss around to keep the foreigners in line. 😃😉
Sounds like the perfect place
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Sounds like the perfect place
For some it is. Depends on what you want.
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