Switzerland is a popular country amongst British expats, with its visually appealing back-drop of stunning vistas, mountain ranges and pastoral scenes. Recently voted the best place in the world for expats to live, it is a favored destination for those looking to relocate with an estimated 40,000+ Britain’s currently residing within the country.
From quiet, country villages to bustling metropolitan cities, there are a variety of lifestyles available and a wealth of employment and education opportunities. Experts in technology, pharmacology and biotechnology gravitate towards Switzerland with it being the homeland of innovative companies such as The European Organisation for Nuclear Research and CERN- home of the large Hadron Collider.
A survey showed that a quarter of expats living in Switzerland earn more than £125,000 per year and hold important positions within their organisation. However, along with higher wages there are also higher living costs associated with living there and Switzerland was named as being amongst the four most expensive places to live along with Nigeria, Israel and Norway.
Switzerland tends to be harder to relocate to for British expats as it is not a part of the European Union. However, English is widely spoken across the country and there are many British societies and clubs available to join. There are also many differences between the UK and Switzerland such as the owner-occupier rate which sees around 60% of householders renting within Europe compared to around 80% renting in Geneva and Zurich.
If you are planning to relocate to Switzerland you will need to apply for a residence permit which will allow you to work and reside within the country. Usually you will have to show that you have accepted a job in advance or prove that you have sufficient funds to sustain yourself and your family whilst you look for work. You will also need to organise a health insurance policy to cover you whilst you are living within Switzerland and if you plan to stay for more than 90 days you must register with your local cantonal migration office as well.
With such a high quality of life, excellent education systems and transportation links it is easy to see why Switzerland is a popular destination for British expats. It is also ranked very highly in terms of its health services, public safety and well-being.
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