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Old 18.10.2009, 20:58
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From Finland to Switzerland

Hello all !

First, I want to thank the people who created this forum and all those who contribute to it. Even before moving to Switzerland, I have already found many valuable info here

I am a 30-something French guy, moving soon to Lausanne with my Finnish wife and our little daughter (16 month old). I have lived in Finland for more than 7 years, and I am now really happy to move to a warmer and more sunny place of the world.

Lausanne seems to tick all the good check-boxes: no significant pollution of air (I have some minor problem to my lungs; at least, Finland too has great unpolluted air), charming old town, multicultural (especially compared to Helsinki/Finland) and with a good cultural life, decent salaries, pleasant pace of life, near many great places where to go as simply as by train for spending a week-end or holidays (Geneva, the Alps, Italy, France, former Yugoslavia, etc.), excellent plane connections for seeing some friends scattered in Europe, fantastically fresh and tasty food compared to what I have had for more than 7 years, and a warm social life (again for this one: compared to Finland). Wow, that's a quite long list already, and maybe I even forget stuff (hum, such as returning to a place where my mother tongue is the dominant language).

Life will tell me if I was smoking the pipe when I chose to leave Finland for French-speaking Switzerland! Ok, now that I have said that, I realize I have not yet peek at the Complaints corner of this forum.

Thanks again to all for this good forum, and I hope I'll have time and wiseness for contributing here and being some help to others.

/Paul
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Re: From Finland to Switzerland

Nice intro. Welcome to the land of milk and honey. Fruit grows on trees. The women all beautiful, the men tall and strong.

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Old 19.10.2009, 13:26
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Welcome and this forum.
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Re: From Finland to Switzerland

Hi Paul,

I'm moved from Finland to Basel two weeks ago. Being a Finn it was nice reading your opinions about our country Unfortunately I have to agree most of them..

Welcome to Switzerland and I hope your wife enjoys the moving too!
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Old 19.10.2009, 18:18
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Being a Finn it was nice reading your opinions about our country Unfortunately I have to agree most of them..
Please mind that when I was comparing Lausanne with other European countries in general, not only Helsinki. Also, some of the good points of living in Lausanne are valid as well for Helsinki (quiet pace, good weather...)

Living in Finland has also very good points compared to other European countries (and probably Switzerland), from my point of view: simplicity and of manners, extremely pleasant working life, work is totally task-oriented (in opposition to time-based), great tranquillity and quietness at work and out of work (but too much quiet for me, in fact), Finns are nice, understanding, pragmatic and honest, etc.

I have the intuition that the weight of +/- is *globally* a bit better in French-speaking Switzerland than in Finland (including everything, from weather to relations with neighbors). I have to experience it a few years for finding out. At least, I am already confident that it's much better than weight of +/- of living in France (that I have experienced a lot). And while in French-speaking Switzerland, my wife will become fluent in French (she wishes it), and it will now be her in the position of the foreigner (I expect more understanding from her if we ever move back to Finland). But who knows, maybe that after 5 years in French-speaking Switzerland, we'll decide to go back to Finland.

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Welcome to Switzerland and I hope your wife enjoys the moving too!
Kiitos! And yes, my wife is happy too. It was of course a common decision; she's Finnish, i.e. with a strong temper and a good sense of male/female equality in a life in general, and in a couple in particular. My wife is happy on the overall for the change of climate and culture, but she's a bit anxious at the prospect of being cut of her friends and social network (although she has travelled a lot, she has lived all her life in Helsinki...!) We'll see.

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Re: From Finland to Switzerland

Hah, your opinion about Finnish women is sooo true I miss my family and friends already but I'm trying to be active getting new friends. And the modern technique is fantastic (skype, emails, facebook, etc.) so fortunately your wife has many ways to stay in touch as I have done.

Hyvää jatkoa teidän perheelle! I wish your family all the best!
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