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Learn more about the most important topics and find the addresses you need when moving to Switzerland.

Finding a job/job search portals

Find your dream job in Switzerland on one of the job search portals:
jobs.ch
jobscout24.ch
jobsuchmaschine.ch
indeed.ch

Education

You'll find everything you need to know about the Swiss education system, from pre- and primary school to university, on the federal authorities' education website:

 

educa.ch

Entering and staying in Switzerland

When you go to live in another country you have to negotiate a lot of administrative hurdles. You can find out about your obligations as a person entering Switzerland, the papers you have to bring and the permits you have to obtain, on the website of the Swiss authorities.

 

Swiss authorities

Buying or renting property

In Switzerland, rental as well as condominium apartments are generally fully equipped and come with kitchen appliances and laundry facilities. The laundry room is frequently shared with neighbours, but rental units sometimes have a washing machine and tumbler directly in the apartment.

 

The best-known platforms for Swiss residential property:  

homegate

immoscout24

ch-home

alle-immobilien

newhome.ch

 

Information on Swiss tenancy law:

Tenancy law

 

If you're interested in buying you'll find key information for acquiring property as a foreigner here.

 

Culture and leisure

Switzerland offers a huge range of things to do in your spare time. From beautiful mountain hikes to day trips for families with children and museum lovers, the Switzerland Tourism website has a wealth of exciting information on the history and culture of Switzerland for you to explore. It's well worth surfing for the country's biggest offering of leisure activities.

 

Switzerland Tourism

Politics and Swiss law

Switzerland is a confederation with direct democracy. This brochure from the Swiss federal administration explains precisely how the system works:  "The Swiss Confederation – a brief guide".

Vehicles and driving licences

Just like in English, there are various words in Swiss German for a driving or driver's licence. Officially it's called a "Führerausweis", but most people refer to it as a "Fahrausweis".
 Driver's licence

 

To get a Swiss permit for your vehicle you have to report to the road traffic department (Strassenverkehrsamt/service des automobiles/servizi della circolazione) of your canton of residence. You'll find your local road traffic department here:

 Road traffic department

 

National languages of Switzerland

Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. French is spoken in western Switzerland, also called the Romandie. Italian is spoken in Canton Ticino in the south. Romansh (Rhaeto-Romance) is still spoken by a small number of people in the Graubünden Alps.

In addition to the national languages there are also many different dialects, especially of Swiss German. Each village has its own nuances of pronunciation.

Taxes

Foreign employees are subject to income tax at source. Employers will generally deduct it direct from your pay. Only once you receive a C settlement permit as a resident of Switzerland do you have to file an annual tax return and pay tax bills.

The rates of tax and tax at source charged by different cantons vary; you can find out about the rates from the tax administration in your canton.

Telephone, internet and TV

People resident in Switzerland must register for TV and radio with Billag. You can register direct online.

 

Billag

Insurance

Health insurance including cover for accident is obligatory for anyone resident in Switzerland. It's also advisable to take out a private liability policy and contents insurance for each household.

Owners of motor vehicles must take out motor liability (third-party) insurance; you can also take out comprehensive insurance as required.

Please also read our summary sheet about Social Insurance in Switzerland.

SWICA Insurance solutions

From basic and supplementary to hospital insurance, SWICA has solutions to give you and your family the individual cover you need.

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