As one of the European headquarters of the United Nations, the World Health Organization and several multinational corporations, Geneva's identity is diverse and complex. The official language is French, but expats are just as likely to hear its multilingual population speaking English, Spanish or German.
Expats will have ample opportunity to find respite from the working week and enjoy a great lifestyle in Geneva. Public parks cover a quarter of the city and dozens of museums stand as monuments to the past, with striking views of the Alps painting the horizon.
However, competition for its limited housing supply is high and finding somewhere to live can be challenging. People looking for larger family homes often opt to live across the border in neighbouring France. The standard of accommodation in Geneva is nonetheless excellent and in line with European standards, although space can be limited.
Getting around in Geneva is easy and there is little need to purchase a car. Public transport networks in the city are extensive and consist of buses, trams and boats. The city is also well-equipped for cycling, which is a fast and affordable way to get around.
Expats can rest assured that they will have access to excellent healthcare. Medical staff are well-trained and generally speak English as well as French. However, it is important to remember that it is compulsory to have health insurance in Switzerland.
Geneva has a well-established network of international schools, but competition for places is fierce because of the large expat community, and parents need to act fast to secure a spot for their children.
Another advantage is the city's location. Other European countries are in easy reach, making it a fantastic destination from which to explore the continent.
While expats may take some time to adapt, the benefits of living in Geneva are difficult to ignore.
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