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Strong CHF - Cost of living in Switzerland vs London/UK

Many people are telling me that life in London and UK is now much cheaper than living in Switzerland. With CHF strengthening many say that this country is artificially inflated. Has anybody any comments as I have a friend how is considering moving back to London becuase it is cheaper to live there than in Zurich.
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Many people are telling me that life in London and UK is now much cheaper than living in Switzerland. With CHF strengthening many say that this country is artificially inflated. Has anybody any comments as I have a friend how is considering moving back to London becuase it is cheaper to live there than in Zurich.
that could be the case - at least for the time being. however, i think inflation over the next few years in the UK will be huge and so it won't be so rosy.
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Many people are telling me that life in London and UK is now much cheaper than living in Switzerland. With CHF strengthening many say that this country is artificially inflated. Has anybody any comments as I have a friend how is considering moving back to London becuase it is cheaper to live there than in Zurich.
it all depends what you're earning, where you live and what your expenses are. please can you clarify?
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Old 29.08.2011, 17:19
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<snip>I have a friend how is considering moving back to London becuase it is cheaper to live there than in Zurich.
On that logic shouldn't they be looking at Delhi??
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Re: Strong CHF - Cost of living in Switzerland vs London/UK

Logic?? who mentioned logic?

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On that logic shouldn't they be looking at Delhi??
better night life too
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On that logic shouldn't they be looking at Delhi??
or somalia.
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it all depends what you're earning, where you live and what your expenses are. please can you clarify?
1) Exactly

2) Amazing thought at this time, after recent riots/lootings

3) Job security is something very much to bear in mind
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Re: Strong CHF - Cost of living in Switzerland vs London/UK

If you get a big fat Swiss ex-pat salary - Switzerland is fine. If you are on a British pension, not so great at the moment However if we moved back to UK, it certainly would not be London if we want to cut expense!
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Re: Strong CHF - Cost of living in Switzerland vs London/UK

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If you get a big fat Swiss ex-pat salary - Switzerland is fine. If you are on a British pension, not so great at the moment.
My friend does not have a big fat Swiss ex-pat salary so it might be more economical for him to live off his savings in UK rather than in Switzerland as his "pension" income is in pounds/$ so he is suffering becuase of strong Swiss frank
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My friend does not have a big fat Swiss ex-pat salary so it might be more economical for him to live off his savings in UK rather than in Switzerland as his "pension" income is in pounds/$ so he is suffering becuase of strong Swiss frank
Then he should go to London.

I have a nice flat in Tottenham available if he is interested.....
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Re: Strong CHF - Cost of living in Switzerland vs London/UK

So is it the best time to exchange the CHF in to Pounds or Euro?
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Re: Strong CHF - Cost of living in Switzerland vs London/UK

In which case the UK makes sense - but defo NOT London- unless he already owns a home there. Where does he live in CH? Perhaps a move to a cheaper place here would also make sense. But it's not all about money - but where your heart is, family, friends, etc.
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My friend does not have a big fat Swiss ex-pat salary so it might be more economical for him to live off his savings in UK rather than in Switzerland as his "pension" income is in pounds/$ so he is suffering becuase of strong Swiss frank
He might want to look at Malta if living off savings, potentially tax free as well. Nice weather & the legal language is English. Probably going there myself next year.
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So is it the best time to exchange the CHF in to Pounds or Euro?
2 weeks was far better the CHF has softened a lot in that time.
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Re: Strong CHF - Cost of living in Switzerland vs London/UK

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Many people are telling me that life in London and UK is now much cheaper than living in Switzerland. With CHF strengthening many say that this country is artificially inflated. Has anybody any comments as I have a friend how is considering moving back to London becuase it is cheaper to live there than in Zurich.
Hi

Is very difficult to compare the cost of living by the oficial standards but it depends from your day to day life. If you take Real-estate in CH is cheaper than in UK but less speculative, but quite a number of services in CH are much more expensive than in UK although providing a higher level of quality..

A good reference for comparison can be this website:
http://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living

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