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Will I never be able to live in Switzerland again?

This is so sad, the Swiss Franc is steadily growing stronger, the Pound is weakening by the hour, and my dream to live in Switzerland-one day again-is evaporating. (a coffee in a restaurant must be costing now nearly £ 4?)

Surely somethings will have to be done about the strong Swiss Franc, are there still tourists in Switzerland?
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Old 11.08.2011, 12:41
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are there still tourists in Switzerland?
yes, but now the riff-raff are kept out.
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Old 11.08.2011, 12:44
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my dream to live in Switzerland-one day again-is evaporating.

...... but you are Swiss. Just move back here.


they have coffee in Switzerland as well (but it costs more than £4 at the moment I'm afraid)
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Re: Will I never be able to live in Switzerland again?

We have to live with these prices everyday (and more as stated above), so nothing has changed here for the locals - unfortunately not lower costs anyway.
Well it was the reverse for a long time. i.e.high pound, high US dollar, high Euro vs Swiss Franc. Now it's good for Swiss travellers!
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...... but you are Swiss. Just move back here.


they have coffee in Switzerland as well (but it costs more than £4 at the moment I'm afraid)
I remember when coffee was 25¢!!!!! Damnit all! Freakin' whipper snappers ruining the economy!!!!

(sorry...but I just had to....)
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Re: Will I never be able to live in Switzerland again?

just drink coffee at home. simple.
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just drink coffee at home. simple.

thats part of why the tourism industry is collapsing isnt it?
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Old 11.08.2011, 14:31
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thats part of why the tourism industry is collapsing isnt it?
good, terrible having all these foreigners over here
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Old 11.08.2011, 14:56
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This is so sad, the Swiss Franc is steadily growing stronger, the Pound is weakening by the hour, and my dream to live in Switzerland-one day again-is evaporating. (a coffee in a restaurant must be costing now nearly £ 4?)

Surely somethings will have to be done about the strong Swiss Franc, are there still tourists in Switzerland?
But if you live in Switzerland and get paid in Swiss Francs it doesn't make a difference to the price of a coffee. It only costs you more if you are buying a Swiss coffee with an English salary.
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Surely somethings will have to be done about the strong Swiss Franc, are there still tourists in Switzerland?
Maybe asking the UK to stop printing and devaluing theirs would be a start!
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Old 11.08.2011, 15:04
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Re: Will I never be able to live in Switzerland again?

Well, as a local person, or with local papers, you will be able to make it here a lot easier than majority of the members on this forum. I wouldn't despair.
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But if you live in Switzerland and get paid in Swiss Francs it doesn't make a difference to the price of a coffee. It only costs you more if you are buying a Swiss coffee with an English salary.
But I will have to live in Switzerland with an English State Pension and a tiny Swiss Pension which I suppose would buy me just about a Coffee a day.
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Old 11.08.2011, 19:44
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But I will have to live in Switzerland with an English State Pension and a tiny Swiss Pension which I suppose would buy me just about a Coffee a day.
Hi Monika

The Minimum AHV is not great, but you can claim 'Zusatzleistungen' ('add-on benefit) for your rent, food, healthcare etc. I don't know how your situation is in the UK at the moment, but assume if you are living on a tiny UK pension, you will be financially better off in Switzerland.
So, I would get in touch with the local gemeinde of the place you would like to return to, and ask what kind of additional support would be available for you.

I might 'shop around', and ask several gemeinden in different cantons for this information, as I assume this may vary quite a bit.

Additionally, I would also get in touch with http://aso.ch
(Organisation for CH expats.)
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Old 11.08.2011, 21:01
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But I will have to live in Switzerland with an English State Pension and a tiny Swiss Pension which I suppose would buy me just about a Coffee a day.
...... or 2 espresso's.

You're also forgetting that Switzerland is home of one of the nicest value for money coffees available in the Western World.
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Old 11.08.2011, 21:50
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Hi Monika

The Minimum AHV is not great, but you can claim 'Zusatzleistungen' ('add-on benefit) for your rent, food, healthcare etc. I don't know how your situation is in the UK at the moment, but assume if you are living on a tiny UK pension, you will be financially better off in Switzerland.
So, I would get in touch with the local gemeinde of the place you would like to return to, and ask what kind of additional support would be available for you.

I might 'shop around', and ask several gemeinden in different cantons for this information, as I assume this may vary quite a bit.

Additionally, I would also get in touch with http://aso.ch
(Organisation for CH expats.)
I will have less than the minimum AHV, as I have only worked in Switzerland for approx. 4 years. But perhaps they would give me Zusatzleistungen after taking into account the English state pension.
Thanks : just thinking that I could still realise my dream makes me happy!
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