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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I just wanted to send an email to say thank you so much for the help in moving, the guys were absolutely fantastic and we were all packed, moved and unpacked within 2 and a half hours!

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I have recommended you guys to my friend who is moving so she will be calling you shortly.

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Just taking a break from unpacking & taking the opportunity to say a big thank you to all of you for our move.

To you, for your perseverance with my ever changing requests.

But, big shout out to Adam, Gaz & Ade. Despite being delayed by an accident on the motorway they were super efficient at getting everything packed up from our old house. And then the fiasco when they arrived at our new property. They never once complained, made every effort to make the best of the situation and all with a smile on their faces. We helped out as much as we could to ensure that they would be able to get away home this morning. We couldn't have wished for a better team. We've said our thanks to them as well and will be leaving a google review.

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Jane Shaw

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Excellent reviews - found you online.

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10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Best quote with excellent service

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10/10

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Darren and Robert were both amazing, they made our day run so smoothly. We felt so comfortable with them both, and we greatly appreciated that we could go out and get some lunch whilst they unloaded. Would 1000% recommend Britannia Goodwins to anyone.

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10/10                                                                                                                                

Kerryn Martin

They took great care in moving items of all shapes and sizes

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Quote was reasonable. Found contact online. You also dealt with confidential shredding on our behalf

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

How would you rate the survey that we carried out?
10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Your office is near Stone. You had already transported items to a flat in Stone and 2 independent properties in Cambridge.

How would you rate your move team?
10/10

Would you like to tell us anything about your move team?
Adrian, Anthony and Alan organised the furniture with patience, sensitively and with energy.
They took great care in moving items of all shapes and sizes. Our previous experience of this team made us feel safe in their hands. Please pass on my thanks to them.

How would you rate our communication?
10/10

How can we improve our service?
I was satisfied from the minute your receptionist responded to my phone call, Matthew came and assessed the amount and the team arrived.

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
I would book you again either for shredding or furniture removal.

J Alves

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