Moving to Switzerland

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Mountains in Switzerland
Expats moving to Switzerland will find that its prosperous, orderly cities and mountainous cantons make for an ideal destination for relocation. Foreign workers have long been integrated into the economy; particularly the financial and diplomatic sectors, where the demand for international expat workers is high. In fact, over 20 percent of Switzerland’s overall population are expats – and most of these are employed as skilled professionals.
The cost of living is exceptionally high in Switzerland, especially in the key expat destinations of Geneva and Zurich; although, the above average salaries compensate for this point of concern.

Crime is a rarity, and social problems are virtually non-existent. Furthermore, the country’s education and healthcare systems are world-renowned, and its infrastructure meticulously maintained.

Switzerland runs likes clockwork, appropriate for a country famed for its watch making, and is a point of great pride for the fastidious Swiss. For expats, this means that life here is a trouble-free, if not a slightly sanitised, experience. Expats moving to Switzerland will also have one the world's best public transport networks at their disposal which will make travelling both within and beyond the Swiss borders a real pleasure.

According to the 2013 Mercer Quality of Life Survey, out of 214 global destinations, Geneva and Zurich both ranked within the top ten; a reflection of the country's safe, stable, wholesome lifestyle and solid economy.

The few drawbacks to living here include an occasionally insular population of locals that don’t fully welcome expats, and comprehensively cold and snowy winters. But, as they say, if life gives you snow, go skiing, and that is precisely what many expats find themselves doing on the world class Alpine slopes around Geneva, Interlaken and St Moritz.

From skiing and snowboarding to world-class museums, art galleries and renowned restaurants, expats living in Switzerland won't be at a loss when it comes to keeping busy during their spare time.

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