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British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

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The number of british bankers migrating to Switzerland rose by more than a quarter last year. The fresh air, the mountain clocks, an efficient public transport system and most importantly low taxes – what more could the discerning overbashed banker from Britain want than to go to Switzerland?
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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

As long as they all go to Zurich that's fine.
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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

Some aspects are strange
> mountain clocks ? most clocks and watches in Switzerland are NOT from the mountains but exactly from below 800 meters above sea level. low lands by Swiss standards
> low taxes ? with the overpaid salaries of these bankers, they simply could go part-time and then save taxes quite easily
> efficient public transport ? public transport in Switzerland in fact is modelled after the public transport in Britain, as many Swiss in the 60ies, 70ies, 80ies, 90ies and up to now went to Britain and learnt to know London Transport and "British Rail" (and the private companies which came out of this
> fresh air ? strangely enough, those bankers go exactly to areas in Switzerland where the air is rather NOT fresh at all, but almost as polluted as in Paris or Athens (in case of doubt worse than in Central London)
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As long as they all go to Zurich that's fine.
yep, not seen many in the Jura lately. But the air is VERY fresh here.
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As long as they all go to Zurich that's fine.
Some of them find their way to Basel and Geneva
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yep, not seen many in the Jura lately. But the air is VERY fresh here.
The air in places like Neuchâtel and Vaumarcus is far fresher than in the Zurich area so that they all, if really in pursuit of fresh air, should flock to your place beyond doubt
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Some aspects are strange
> mountain clocks ? most clocks and watches in Switzerland are NOT from the mountains but exactly from below 800 meters above sea level. low lands by Swiss standards
I get the impression that you're a literal kind of guy. English speaking media, not so much.

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> low taxes ? with the overpaid salaries of these bankers, they simply could go part-time and then save taxes quite easily
Yes, and you could take a pay cut and not have to work as hard, but that's probably not in the cards.

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> efficient public transport ? public transport in Switzerland in fact is modelled after the public transport in Britain, as many Swiss in the 60ies, 70ies, 80ies, 90ies and up to now went to Britain and learnt to know London Transport and "British Rail" (and the private companies which came out of this
Been to Britain lately?

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> fresh air ? strangely enough, those bankers go exactly to areas in Switzerland where the air is rather NOT fresh at all, but almost as polluted as in Paris or Athens (in case of doubt worse than in Central London)
You're trying to tell me that the air quality in Zürich is worse than in London?
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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

Mostly hedge funds relocate to Geneva. The Canton did agreat job with roadshow in London explaining all the benefits they can have by moving there. I heard of others going to Zug, not many to Zurich.
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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

The Hedgies are all playing in Zug these days ... apparently ...
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Been to Britain lately?
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No, last time was in 2000. Then, a year later I preferred Moscow Zhukovsky, based on some info I had got in late September 2000 in London.

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You're trying to tell me that the air quality in Zürich is worse than in London?
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international statistics show that London is superb if compared with Paris and Athens and that central Zurich is only marginally better than Central London
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Mostly hedge funds relocate to Geneva. The Canton did agreat job with roadshow in London explaining all the benefits they can have by moving there. I heard of others going to Zug, not many to Zurich.
Those who go to Zug work in Zurich .... as Zug increasingly become an outer suburb of Zurich.
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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

Sorry, I'm an ex Londoner and one of the many reasons I move over here was to get away from the filthy London air. I lived just off Oxford street and when there was no wind blowing away the car and diesel fumes you could hardly breath.Zurich may not be pollution free but at least you can hop on the dolderbahn and breath in the fresh forest air!
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Sorry, I'm an ex Londoner and one of the many reasons I move over here was to get away from the filthy London air. I lived just off Oxford street and when there was no wind blowing away the car and diesel fumes you could hardly breath.Zurich may not be pollution free but at least you can hop on the dolderbahn and breath in the fresh forest air!
In London, they should heavily enlarge the Serpentine, join it to the West with the RoundPond, and below the Knightsbridge Junction with the Royal Pond, and extend it northwards underneath the Constitution "Hill" into Green Park. Separating sections for swimmers, and sections for paddle boats.

They also should relocate the ugly Battersea Power Station to Streatham or Crawley and enlarge the Boating Lake below the Queenstown Road into the former Power Station area.

And an engineeer with a name like "Ivel" should construct a vast tower, about 300 meters in height and on top a platform of a diameter of some 500 meters, and in the midst of the platform a wine-pub, and around the pub some nice gardens with ways through. And in one corner a Mini-Golf place, and in one a souvenir-shop, and in another one a shop selling good wines and beers.

And finally, in the White City area just to the West of the West Cross Route, they should build something like the Alpamare in Pfäffikon/SZ on the Zürichsee, but only about 10 times larger and twice as high.

By some productive steps, the air and the quality of live in London could be greatly improved

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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

Nice to see how you guys transform news of bankers relocating to good, well thought tips to Mr. Johnson
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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

Gee, who wouldn't want more hedge funds in their economy?
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Re: British bankers going to Switzerland up 28 per cent

nah.. this is just media hype.. loads of people are leaving as well..



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Some aspects are strange
> mountain clocks ? most clocks and watches in Switzerland are NOT from the mountains but exactly from below 800 meters above sea level. low lands by Swiss standards
he didn't say "mountain clocks" but rather "the mountains, clocks".
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he didn't say "mountain clocks" but rather "the mountains, clocks".

alright, you cannot produce mountains in Britain, in a country where even slightly elevated places are named "Downs" , but there is no hindrance to improve the British watches industry to world leading standards. And you in London and elsewhere in Britain can purchase the whole variety of Swiss watches.
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alright, you cannot produce mountains in Britain,
Actually, SweetyPie, the Scottish Highlands used to be higher than the Himalayas are now, but we chose to concentrate on quality rather than quantity


...but, hey, please don't let facts spoil your ramble
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