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Living in Switzerland
Switzerland’s famous tax breaks for rich foreigners have reportedly drawn many a minted magnate in recent years. In 1976, Switzerland became home to Swedish Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad of Sweden, now the country’s richest resident.
Switzerland has four national languages including French, German, Italian and Rhaeto-Romantsch. The latter has Latin roots. Proficiency in the national languages is decreasing in favour of English. Switzerland has a population of about 8 million. About 5 million of them live in the Swiss Plateau in between the Jura Mountains and the Swiss Alps. Among them are the two global cities and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva, whose influence can be seen not only in Switzerland but all over the world. Zürich and Geneva have been ranked among cities with highest quality of life in the world, hence why so many expats choose to move to Switzerland. Foreigners account for around 23 percent of the population.
More and more Expats are choosing to retire to Switzerland, the number of elderly people is increasing: In 2012, 17 percent of the population was 65 or over. As at 2012, life expectancy at birth is 80.5 years for men and 84.7 years for women.
Moving & Working
Obtaining a permit to work in Switzerland depends on many factors, including where you are from, the skills you have:
- Switzerland has a dual system for allowing foreigners to work while in the country. The first concerns citizens from the European Union and/or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), who are generally allowed to come to Switzerland for three months while they look for work. The period can be extended to six months during an active job hunt.
- The second is for citizens of all other countries (so-called Third States). Citizens from these countries must have a guaranteed work contract from an employer as well as the appropriate work visa before entering the country. Having a job offer alone is not enough to guarantee a permit.
- Family members of a permit holder are allowed to stay and reside in Switzerland as well, regardless of nationality. Family members include a spouse, descendants under age 21 or dependents over whom custody or care is granted, regardless of age.
Cantonal authorities are responsible for issuing permits. For more information, please visit the Federal Migration Office website.
You must take out insurance with a Swiss health insurance company no later than 3 months after arriving or beginning work in Switzerland. Cross-border commuters domiciled in certain EU states have the option of taking out insurance in their country of residence instead of Switzerland. Read the detailed information on health insurance for foreigners in Switzerland.
Swiss Customs Clearance.
The following documentation will be required to clear your goods through customs. The only requirement is that you have been using the items for at least 6 months and will continue doing so. Therefore, buy your new furniture AFTER you have moved. ( These will be required prior to relocation ).
- Swiss customs form 18.44 IT IS ESSENTIAL YOU PROVIDE US WITH THE ORIGINAL COPY. (download here)
- Itemised inventory of effects (Our operatives will complete this upon collection, Ask you to sign as correct and hand you a copy for your own files/perusal)
- A copy of your valid passport ( this must be a readable copy )
- Swiss residence permit (if you are not a Swiss national)
- Rental agreement or lease or property title of house or apartment
- Valid registration from the city hall
Central Moves has compiled a list of website that can help you further with help, advice and friendship on Moving and living in Switzerland:
Removals Company for Switzerland
Central Moves are one of the London’s top removal companies for relocating London / Switzerland who combine specialisation with our total commitment to providing a professional and personalised service, which this is why thousands of families and individuals have entrusted Central Moves with their Swiss home removals, furniture removals and personal effects.
and most recently BS EN 12522 , it is the first and only recognised quality Standard specifically aimed at furniture removals.
Central Moves are proud to have achieved this standard, which proves all operatives work to clearly defined and audited standards on a daily basis.
Further testament to our success is the number of corporate clients who continue to choose Central Moves and indeed, refer us to their families and friends.