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Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

Hi guys,

I am living a good life in Canada, but have a career option to move permanently to Switzerland. I was wondering about your experience: What is your overall impression of la Suisse? Do you want to spend your life there or can't you wait to go back home (wherever home maybe for you)? Why?

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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

Uhmm... first months I loved it her, every thing new and different makes it exiting and the springs/summers are lovely here. Then came winter and it seemed like everyone just went home and stayed home... so the first winter was a bit hard for me, simply because I was lonely. But now I am starting to make my own friends around here and I am quite more optimist for next winter.
So no, I don't want to go home for the next years I think. It is also affecting that it is a ****** situation in my country now after the crise, so it is not very attractive to go there to be unemployed...

Switzerland is a great place to live, high standard for livings, nice places to see, very central in Europe witch makes it easy to travel around Europe. I do not regret at all to come here
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

HI Begga

thank you so much for sharing your insight. My European impression was that Germans are not quite as social as people in Canada, where I am living right now. I hope to find a few friends in Lausanne. I am applying for a job there, and chances that I get it are good.
Are your friends Swiss, or mostly people from elsewhere, if I may ask?
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

Hi Ankorian,

In my opinion, you wouldn't ask the question if you weren't already seriously considering it. It depends a lot on the job that you are leaving and the job that you will get. Are the jobs similar or is the one in Lausanne a better offer?

Switzerland is a beautiful country and has a lot to offer to everyone. Sure it has it's disadvantages, the language being a major one, but you can live a very good life here. Plus, Lausanne is a great city.

Life is full of challenges and adventures. Moving countries is a great adventure and has its ups and its downs. I have lived in Africa, Asia, Europe and America in the past 15 years and in general, loved all of it.

Wish you all the best.

p.s. Swiss are not Germans.

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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

Ankorian, if you love your life and job in Canada and the Canadians in general, stay there. If you want to broaden your experiences and face new challenges, if you love exploring European countries, come here. You will see in other similar threads that there are endless lists of pros and cons of living in Switzerland.
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Old 23.06.2009, 13:12
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

For us as a family we plan to stay in Switzerland. Not everything is easy here and can be a bit of a stuggle but also an adventure at first.

It is an incredibly beautiful country and well located in Europe. All of us love it despite the odd bit of frustration now an then.

I think a lot is down to each person how willing they are to adapt. I have pretty much travelled a lot of my life as has my wife, the children are young and pretty much this is what they know now. So the move for us was pretty easy other freinds I have get stressed just going on holiday to another country let alone attempting to live there.

Life is not perfect here but it is much better than anywhere else I can think of at the moment.
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Helloooooooooooo...

Swiss people aren't German.. =)
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Hi guys,

I am living a good life in Canada, but have a career option to move permanently to Switzerland. I was wondering about your experience: What is your overall impression of la Suisse? Do you want to spend your life there or can't you wait to go back home (wherever home maybe for you)? Why?

Thanks a lot for sharing your insight!
Cheers
ankorian
I was or probably am still in the same boat as you. I am a Canadian, but have moved here to Switzerland for work. And while I enjoy living here and cannot be more grateful to Switzerland as a whole, I do miss Canada and I cannot forsee myself being here longer than the end of next year.

Perhaps the missing home part has to do with the fact that I would like to establish some roots, I would like to buy a home, a car, have my wide open spaces. If you are coming with a partner, then I would say that would make it much more bearable, but I am single (I can't stand being single anymore, ugh!). As great as the European lifestyle is, I miss the North American lifestyle.

In the end, its really up to you. I would definitely suggest you give it a go yourself and then see what you think.
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

Depending on what kind of job your getting here, just prepared for longer hours of work, but lots of activities that one can do if they want. A harder time getting to know people then in Canada. And a warmer longer summer, which if you like summer will make it worth it.

I myself miss Canada more and more everyday and can't see living here for long.
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HI Begga

thank you so much for sharing your insight. My European impression was that Germans are not quite as social as people in Canada, where I am living right now. I hope to find a few friends in Lausanne. I am applying for a job there, and chances that I get it are good.
Are your friends Swiss, or mostly people from elsewhere, if I may ask?
Cheers
ankorian
Nope, my friends are not swiss, and honestly I have to say I have not had easy time to approach the swiss people and become their friend... Englishforum has given me more opportunities for a social life than swiss coworkers/friends of boyfriend or what ever...
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

first, let me say that I agree with the opinions of all who have moved here from Canada. I moved almost 4 months ago... I was in Montreal for a long weekend a few weeks ago and when I came back, I pretty much went down.

as of now, based on my experience, like Begga says,Ch is a central location, high standard of life (which comes are higher price in certain cases).

the people are different.. you feel somehow free in Canada (and NA in general), here you don't feel the same way (personal opinion)

you do not depend on car (which I love)

you don't have a lot of diversity in certain cases (I apologize for this comment, but for example I love red delicious apples and you can hardly find those here)

It depends what is your lifestyle and whether you are coming alone or with a family. Like somebody mentioned, for a single person, who enjoys the city life, who has always lived in cities and big ones, who loves diversity and the freedom, choice, who cannot plan groceries for a week ahead and so on, it is a pain here!

I see you are moving from Calgary, so it could be different (no offense but Calgary is not a lot of fun, at least based on my understanding of fun life).

Making friends here is not that easy either...

All that said, Switzerland is a beautiful country and getting some experience could be very tempting and above all, it will all depend on you.

If I have to answer your question - I have no clue... Want to give Swiss life a chance But for sure this has been the toughest adaptation I have ever had (and this is neither the first town/city nor country relocation I have had)
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Helloooooooooooo...

Swiss people aren't German.. =)

Wish you all the best.

p.s. Swiss are not Germans.[/quote]
I see you got your first leson!! Go and see yourself calgary and canada will be here forever .Wish you all the luck
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

Hello

I have also just moves to Switzerland from Canada and have pretty much the same situation as yours.

I also live in German side, working in Baden/Birr in AG, and still in search of an apartment.

I guess it is always difficult at the begining but things will ge easier, dont worry.

Where in Canada you are coming from? I am from Montreal.

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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

I really enjoy my life here, but I enjoyed my life in America too.

The US is not Canada, but it is similar in many ways. As already
mentioned, Switzerland offers chances to travel to many countries
because of its location.

I find the quality of life here quite nice. It is possible to go to a ski
resort within 30 minutes. Also, I am in Zürich or Luzern in 30 minutes.

If you are open to other cultures, I would give it a try. You said
"permanent". If you don't like it, you can always leave.
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

Switzerland is very beautiful, the kind of beauty that changes every day and you never get bored with the landscape. The access to other European countries is so good that every weekend can hold another adventure. I find the Swiss people to be genuine, caring and trustworthy, they manage not to laugh at me when I try abysmally to communicate in their language. I could live here permanently, however as I spend more time away from my home country, I realize it's not what I've left behind, it's who. So for that reason, I do look forward to returning eventually to my friends and family.
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

I love it here and wouldn't go back. As with everywhere you go, you have to find the people you connect with. Many expats complain they don't connect with "the Swiss", but my experience has been the opposite. My best friend and husband are both Swiss and I met them here in Switzerland after I came to study ten years ago. We speak English together and have lots of fun. It depends more on who you meet rather than their nationality IMHO.

I love the quality of life, organic food, Swiss wine, SBB, amazing health care, the fact that things just seem to work here, the clean air and water, the Alps, the general contentment most people seem to have concerning their lives. I also love the fact that I am no longer forced to be "happy" in an American way. If I don't feel like smiling, I don't. I like myself better this way.

Oh yeah - Germans are really different from Swiss and you won't make any friends here by making that mistake

You received some really good advice above, and as others have mentioned your success here really depends on YOU. If you love it here you will be far more likely to enjoy success and thrive despite any challenges which come your way.

Good luck!
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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

I'm a former Albertan who is enjoying life in Switzerland. With that said, we will probably move back to Canada at some point, but not back to Alberta, as I've had my fill of pick-up trucks, country bumpkins and -30 winters.
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I really enjoy my life here, but I enjoyed my life in America too.

The US is not Canada, but it is similar in many ways. As already
mentioned, Switzerland offers chances to travel to many countries
because of its location.

I find the quality of life here quite nice. It is possible to go to a ski
resort within 30 minutes. Also, I am in Zürich or Luzern in 30 minutes.

If you are open to other cultures, I would give it a try. You said
"permanent". If you don't like it, you can always leave.
May I enquire as to where in America you lived before you moved to Switzerland? Or maybe the type of life, i.e. big city, small city, etc.?

For instance, I have lived and worked in Chicago, a city of roughly 7 million, but I currently live in a town of about 250,000, which for me is much more reasonable. The cities in Switzerland don't sound nearly as big or as "busy" as Chicago, which is a definite plus in my opinion.

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Re: Switzerland- would you stay or do you want to leave?

I lived in Dallas, and I had a great life.

The one bad thing about Dallas is the heat.
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I lived in Dallas, and I had a great life.

The one bad thing about Dallas is the heat.
This gives me hope that I can adjust to Switzerland too - I'm from another fairly conservative state (Indiana). I've always been afraid that going from the Bible Belt to Switzerland would be rather like dropping a shark in a freshwater spring, but if you can make the adjustment then maybe I can too

By the way, Val Kilmer as Doc H. was just amazing - I loved his lines. And I believe the real Doc H. said stuff like that, didn't he? My favorite part was when he blew away Johnny Ringo and Ringo was staggering dead, and Doc was in his face going, "You ain't no daisy, YOU AIN'T NO DAISY!"

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