Expats moving to Switzerland usually have many questions, often about the cost of living and where to live. Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about living in Switzerland.
Which are the most popular cities for expats?
Do I need a car in Switzerland?
Expats can commute easily without their own vehicle thanks to reliable public transport, but a private car can be handy for exploring the countryside on weekends.
What is Romansch?
Romansch is one of Switzerland's four official languages and is spoken in the south of the country by around one percent of the population.
What sorts of jobs are available in Switzerland?
Most expats move to Switzerland to take up high-paying jobs in finance or IT. It's also possible to get seasonal jobs within the tourist industry and there's a demand for biotechnologists, lawyers and German teachers.
What is the standard of housing like in Switzerland?
Accommodation in Switzerland is of a comfortable standard but there's a lot of competition for places and prices are high, even when compared to other European countries and North America.
What education options do expat children have?
Public and private schools both have good standards and facilities. Expats can also send their child to international schools in Switzerland, where they can study in their home country's curriculum and in their native language. School fees are likely to be a major expense for expats, so they should try to negotiate a subsidy for this in their employment package.
►For more general information, see Moving to Switzerland
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