Living in Switzerland

Switzerland is a very popular location for British expats. However, as Switzerland is not part of the EU, moving there is not quite as straightforward as moving to France. We perform removals to and from Switzerland on a regular basis, so we've got the knowledge and experience to help you get there.

Tips for moving to and living in Switzerland

An agreement between the EU and Switzerland facilitates the entry, residence and employment of EU citizens in Switzerland, and obtaining a residence permit is relatively straightforward for European Union citizens.

If you are moving to Switzerland with your children, you will also need to consider education options. If you are not planning to stay beyond a year or perhaps two, you may want to consider a private international school, where they can be taught in English. Switzerland has a number of international schools. Of course, you can also choose the local school, which will normally help your children catch up on the local language.

Medical care is generally easily available and excellent; all residents of Switzerland are required to purchase basic health insurance shortly after arrival in the country. The costs of medical insurance will vary from canton to canton and region to region, so check this out before you choose a place to live.

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Alles in ordnung!

Switzerland runs so smoothly because of the rules in place - and people follow them. Alles in ordnung - everything in order - is a key phrase you may hear frequently in the German speaking part of Switzerland. From restrictions on when your removal in Switzerland can take place (not on a Sunday, public holiday, or during the late evening), to when you can run your vacuum cleaner (not on a Sunday in most flats), or go shopping (shops normally close early on Saturday afternoon and don't reopen until Monday morning), be prepared to adjust to a slower paced lifestyle.

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Interesting facts about Switzerland

  • Switzerland has four official languages, German, French, Italian and Romansh, however English is also quite frequently used
  • Roughly one quarter of the residents of Switzerland are foreigners
  • Europe's largest clock face is in Zurich - even bigger than Big Ben's clock face
  • The headquarters of many European and international organisations are located in Geneva, such as the United Nations, World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization
  • The Bank for International Settlements (the central bank for all central banks) is located in Basel
  • The Swiss are famous for their watchmaking, and are leaders in luxury watches, with brands such as Rolex or Rado
  • Cuckoo clocks are not Swiss, but come from the Black Forest of Germany
  • Swiss German is a spoken language only; the written German language is High German, which can be very confusing for new arrivals as they're not as similar as you'd think
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In the current times you might prefer that we don't visit your house in person to carry out a survey. This is fully understandable and we can just as easily undertake the survey by video call, using whatever method you're comfortable with, usually FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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From the minute Catherine answered the phone to deal with my query, Darren conducted the FaceTime survey of
the considerable amount of items that needed moving and gave us a quote for the job, Clive, Lee, Ant and Rob did
our packing then, joined by Paul and Alan on day two to effect the move, unloaded everything, we did not have one
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We were delighted with the move this week and look forward to your team moving us again in the next couple of weeks all being well… Please congratulate your entire team who helped us this week. They were all extremely considerate and consummately professional throughout.

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All items professionally packed and removed. Everything went smoothly. We didn't have to lift anything. Thank you to the removal men.

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