Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

22 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Swiss expat in Chiang Mai victim of brutal murder

A retired expat living in Chiang Mai was found stabbed and strangled to death, and tied up to the stair rails in his rented house. Daniel Straub’s body was found a week ago in his rented house in Soi 6 off Suan Dok Road. He’d rented the house for six years and was well-known to his landlord, who found his body after he’d not seen him around for a day or so. The dead man’s motorcycle was missing from its usual parking spot, and belongings were stolen from the house. As is commonplace with expat deaths in Thailand, local...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey shows Switzerland is best choice for expat careers

HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey gives one of the best comparisons of locations suitable for career development, with Switzerland placed high on the list. Selecting the right relocation destination for a move to expat life isn’t easy, as it depends as much on personal preference as it does on salary and perks. However, for career development, Europe is still a great choice, with Switzerland considered by expats to be the best for salaries, job security, working conditions and lifestyle. Over 66 per cent of expat professionals working...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey reveals top ten countries with great weather

One of the main reasons for emigrating from colder northern climes is the weather, with decisions spurred on by visions of endless sunshine and luxuriously warm temperatures. The latest expat survey is bound to be of interest to those looking for the perfect outdoor life in the sun, as it identifies the top 10 countries offering the best of the world’s weather. Respondents numbered 14,000, and 195 countries were covered, as well as the relevance of great weather in the choice of destination. Unsurprisingly, 45 per cent of...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey reveals cost of expat packages to employers

A recent survey taking in the 40 top financial hubs across the world has revealed the UK is the most expensive relocation destination for employers. The survey, carried out by ECA International, shows the UK as top of the most expensive cities list for the second year running. For example, the cost of a salary and relocation package at middle manager level comes out at $390,000 annually. Japan is the runner up at $328,000, a drop from last year’s totals due to the weakening yen. Factors taken into account included salaries, taxes,...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Volunteer expats help rehome Turkish street dogs

Alanya’s Animal Care House and dog shelter and its volunteer expat helpers offer rehabilitation, medical attention and rehoming overseas as well as locally to the city’s stray dog population. Many favourite expat destinations have a stray dog problem, with Turkey’s Antalya city no exception to the distressing norm. It’s something that a good number of expats find hard to accept, especially if they’re dog lovers themselves. Thanks to expat volunteers and locals, Antalya’s street dogs are luckier than most. Set on...
27 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Buying real estate in Europe still the way to go

Whatever the final result of the Brexit negotiations, purchasing property in Spain and other European countries popular with British expats will still be possible. One fact that seems to have been forgotten in the post-Brexit chaos is that many non-EU member state nationals can and are still purchasing homes and holiday villas in EU countries. Even after the UK finally quits the EU, British buyers will still be able to live in EU countries, although there may be more stringent and expensive immigration and financial requirements....
5 Jul at 6 PM 2016

German and French ministers recommend citizenship for UK expats

Possible solutions to the plight of UK expats living and working in Europe are finally on the political agenda of several EU member states. Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel was the first top-ranking European politician to suggest that his country needs the skills offered by younger British expats already working within German companies. In a Berlin meeting with the Social Democratic Party he suggested that young British nationals living in Italy and France as well as in Germany should be offered dual...
20 May at 6 PM 2016

Worlds most expensive cities for expats

Expats come in all shapes and sizes, as do their bank accounts, but all are looking for that one special place to create a unique lifestyle. Expats aren’t just retirees, English teachers, backpacking globetrotters or contractors working on oil rigs needing R&R including great weather, cheap beer and sexy girls. Expat life can be as luxurious as the budget allows, although it’ll have to be huge to survive the world’s most expensive cities. It has to be admitted that London is the favoured destination for expats looking for...
16 May at 6 PM 2016

New UK law forces expat landlords to check tenants right to rent

A new UK law which came into force on February 1 this year forces expats renting out buy to let property in the UK to undertake confusing documentary checks. The law may prove to be yet another imposition on UK expats who choose to invest in buy to let properties in their home country. Landlords, or their letting agents, must check a raft of original documents confirming prospective tenants’ rights to live in the UK and identifying all those over 18 years old living in either single or multi-tenancy accommodation. Copy documents are...
22 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Is Switzerland still tops for high end jobs

Is Switzerland’s position as a favourite destination for expat professionals now in decline? For decades, Switzerland’s unbeatable reputation for quality of life and career potential has attracted the brightest and the best to its carefully-tended cities, spectacular scenery and top-class amenities. Foreign workers have come, seen and conquered, helping the country maintain its high levels of prosperity. However, resulting from the 2014 referendum on the subject of mass immigration, a new law controlling the number of expats...