Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

6 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Expat professional women at risk of poverty in retirement

The gender gap doesn’t just apply to top wage levels but continues to ensure a great many expat professional women will be faced with poverty when they retire. Recent media coverage of the salary gap between top-ranking women and their male counterparts misses out on one result – the differential guarantees women retirees will be living on far less than men with the same qualifications and experience who’ve worked in the same jobs. In fact, women are at far greater risk of being impoverished in retirement by a factor of between...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Austrian bitcoin fraud investigation goes Europe wide

Austrian financial authorities investigating a suspected cryptocurrency pyramid scheme related to bitcoins are requesting Interpol join the search for those behind the fraud. Centred in Vienna, the investigation is now considering whether other European countries have also been targeted by a recently-discovered bitcoin-related scam. Interpol has been asked to join in the investigation amid fears the fraud has spread across Europe and involved more than the initial hundreds of victims in Austria. According to spokesperson for the...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Netherlands idiosyncratic facts for would be expats

For the second year running, the Netherlands is the world’s sixth-happiest countries for expats. Finland hit the number one spot, with Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland following, with the Netherlands’ happiness quotient impressive for a small European country. At the least, its winter weather doesn’t create freezing cold and darkness for more than half the year as do four of the top six. Recent reports and several other expat surveys give the Netherlands credit as a tech start-up hub, but also complain about the...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Cryptocurrencies win support from China and Russia

Expats pinning their financial hopes on digital currencies can take some encouragement from China and Russia’s begrudging acceptance of the online money. Expatriates eager to invest in cryptocurrencies in spite of their unregulated volatility may have been offered some slight reassurance by Russia and China’s take on the wildly fluctuating crypto-coins. China, the planet’s second largest economy, was the first to comment via its central bank, saying an eventual move to a true digital economy is inevitable although policy makers...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2018

US expat protest group challenges Bannon in Zurich

An American expatriate group protesting over USA lawmakers’ lack of interest in gun control made their voices heard in Zurich during Steve Bannon’s visit. As if the visit by the ultra-right wing ex-White House chief strategist wasn’t controversial enough, the small but effective expat demonstration outside the venue for his speech made it clear his views on gun control weren’t welcome in Switzerland. Bannon has traditionally taken a stand against any form of gun control, even after the latest murder of 17 students at a Florida...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats on short trips back home warned over Ryanair and Swissport

UK expats in Spain travelling via Ryanair for short visits to family in southern England are being warned over the airline and airport's appalling treatment of a British grandmother. British expat and artist Pamela Lipman, now resident in Granada, had been paying a pre-Christmas visit to her family in the UK, flying with Ryanair between Malaga and Bournemouth’s international airport. On her outbound trip, everything went as expected, with her luggage checked in and her cabin baggage confirmed at Malaga as being within the permitted...
1 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expat males win out on finding love overseas

A new survey has revealed some 33 per cent of men who become expats find the loves of their lives in their new countries. The survey rated different races for their likelihood of finding a partner and making an intercultural marriage, with expats from Finland the most likely to fall in love with a local female. Over half the total of respondents already in a relationship had married interculturally, with men far more likely to meet their future spouses overseas than women. Danes and Mexicans weren’t reluctant to date females...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2018

UAE now expat hub for thousands of millionaires

Due to the arrival as expats of a huge number of millionaires, the UAE is now amongst the top residential destinations for the super-rich. As of last year, the United Arab Emirates was placed in the top ten world countries with the largest number of millionaire residents. High net worth individuals flocked to the emirates, buying up luxury homes and living the famous Gulf State lifestyles. An estimated 5,000 of the planet’s mega-rich holding at least a million dollars migrated to the UAE, the third-highest total amongst the countries...
25 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Europe combine to protest Trump presidency

With Davos as their focus, American expats across Europe have banded together with European expats and citizens to protest against Donald Trump’s controversial presidency. The two groups involved, Campax and Action Together Zurich, came together for a ‘we are sorry’ protest march on the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, handing out flyers suggesting anti-Trump actions which could be taken by ordinary people compelled to make a stand. The groups included those who’d supported Trump during his election campaign as...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Expat tax avoiders in Switzerland forced to come clean

A significant rise in the number of expat tax avoiders in Switzerland turning themselves in has taken place since international laws forced Swiss banks to share offshore clients’ details. For many decades, traditional Swiss banking secrecy shielded the mega-rich from their tax liabilities as well as encouraging the use of Swiss banks for money laundering by criminals and terrorists worldwide. Switzerland signed into the Automatic Exchange of Information Act put forward by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in...