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Living in Switzerland - a guide for expats and international local residents

If you are moving to Switzerland, or indeed already living here, then read on to discover essential information and top tips about living in Switzerland and life in the expat community

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Moving to Switzerland: British expat tips
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Moving to Switzerland: British expat tips

Dreaming of a life in Switzerland? Take the plunge! Expats give their best advice for embracing the Swiss lifestyle.

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By: Claire Doble
Moving to Switzerland guide
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Moving to Switzerland guide

Welcome to Switzerland! We’ve put together a short taster guide on some of the stuff people moving to Switzerland need to know, plus a few great tips so you can begin exploring this incredible, jaw-droppingly beautiful country. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a great place to start.

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By: Claire Doble
Swiss travel guide
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Swiss travel guide

Practical info about getting around Switzerland

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By: Time Out editors
Discover Switzerland with the Swiss Travel System
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Discover Switzerland with the Swiss Travel System

SPONSORED CONTENT Teaming up with Swiss Travel System, we put together a list of the top routes with the best views.

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Settling into Zurich

11 tips for when you first move to Zurich
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11 tips for when you first move to Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland's biggest city, with a population of around 380,000, rising to around 1 million for "greater Zurich" around the lake. Zurich is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland but you'll find most people speak enough English here for you to get by. The main tourist office is at Zurich's Hauptbahnhof train station. Below are our top tips for getting started in when you move to Zurich.

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By: Claire Doble
The 15 best things to do in Zurich
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The 15 best things to do in Zurich

Your essential starting block to life in Zurich - with top tips on the best things to do see and do in the city

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By: Katharina Blansjaar
Food in Zurich
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Food in Zurich

Here's our guide to some of the best places to eat like a local, pick up a juicy burger, splash the cash or enjoy a great view.

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By: Time Out editors
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The 15 best things to do in Geneva
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The 15 best things to do in Geneva

Discover the most essential things to do, places to go and attractions to see in Geneva

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By: Caroline Bishop
The best shopping in Geneva
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The best shopping in Geneva

From hip boutiques to classic department stores, our guide lists the essential places so you can shop until you drop in Geneva.

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By: Hansine Johnston

News and events

Orell Füssli – The Bookshop – moves house

Orell Füssli’s English Bookshop has moved out of its premises on Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse. But don’t worry, the new location is just around the corner, on the third floor of Orell Füssli’s flagship Kramhof store on Füsslistrasse.

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By: Claire Doble

Ten facts about Switzerland’s foreign residents

If you’ve been living in Switzerland over the past year, your ears must have been plugged with melted Gruyère not to know that the issue of immigration has been hotter than a freshly fried rösti. 

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By: Caroline Bishop

Ten of the wackiest Swiss laws

We love Switzerland and its pristine nature. And there’s no doubt about it: the country wouldn’t be the same without its idiosyncratic rules.

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By: Emily Rose

Networking with the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

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Get networking with the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Develop your business network, promote your business or just get to know more about British business and events in Switzerland, with the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

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By: Time Out in association with the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Discover more about Switzerland

Fun things to do in Switzerland

Switzerland is officially the happiest country on the planet, according to the 2015 World Happiness Report. Here are some of our tips for ways to have fun in Switzerland.

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By: Time Out contributors

50 ways to have the best summer in Switzerland

From secret lakeside beaches to riveting river frolics; rooftop bars to pool parties; the Swiss summer offers as much revelry for the warmer seasons as it does for its snowy ones.  Time Out Switzerland has put together the definitive list for the things to do in the Swiss heat.

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By: Time Out editors

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