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.
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
Removal quote appointment booking service
Britannia Goodwins Removals & Storage can help your overseas move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote, or by calling 01785 251161 and speaking with one of our Stafford and Cheshire removals specialists.
How are our appointments carried out
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.
See what our customers think of us...
The crew were amazing, professional and experienced
The crew were amazing, professional and experienced. Fantastic. Made the move as stress free as it could be. I would 100% recommend everyone I spoke to and met. It went so well. There was another move on the same day as mine, another company, cheaper. It did not go well. The guys that moved us were fabulous, supportive right until the end.Angi FranklinStafford
Utterly professional and charming with an outstanding focus on customer care
I would just like to give some feedback on the move carried out by your guys yesterday. The Team (John, Ian and Rob) were utterly professional and charming with an outstanding focus on customer care. The team were patient, efficient and made a stressful occasion so much easier from our point of view. These must be amongst your most valued personnel.
I thanked them personally but would like to register our satisfaction officially. In my role as a Management Consultant, travelling for many years and working for leading names in business across the globe, I have rarely experienced this quality of customer service in over 25 years of running a business.
Could I also record my personal gratitude to you in your management of our case and in your admirable administrative skills, patience and efficiency.
We will certainly use you again when we have internal changes as we replace furniture etc.
Thank you once again for all your help. We will be in touch when we need to access the furniture and other valuables you are storing for us.Colin DarbyStafford
Great team of very experienced removal men
Nothing was too much trouble. Made it stress free. Used the company for the very competitive quote. Everything from initial contact to moving day was dealt with efficiently. Crew arrived on time and worked constantly throughout the day. I don’t think they even stopped for a lunch break. Great team of very experienced removal men. Dealt with the initial inquiry efficiently.Helen HouseStafford
Friendly & went above and beyond to help me
My mum & dad used your company 40 years ago and have always raved about you compared to others. I couldn’t praise Ant, Clive & Rob more, they were outstanding, really efficient, friendly & went above and beyond to help me - truly A*.Hannah MurphyStafford
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