Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

7 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat families hit by more increases in tuition fees

The increasing financial burden of international standard education for the children of expats is now a major problem. As the world economy stutters and relocation packages are replaced by local contracts, the ever-increasing fees changed by international schools overseas are becoming a major problem for expat families. As a result, globally mobile expats are being advised to stay firm on education costs when negotiating salaries and benefits. The situation is becoming critical, with more and more expat parents deciding to...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Options for stunned US citizens after the Trump victory

Prior to election day itself, social media and expat forums were loaded with US citizens determined to emigrate should Trump win. Now that the hopefully impossible is stark reality, many of those who were contemplating deserting the sinking ship are now rushing for just about any lifeboat in any friendly, non-Trumped country. A quick trawl through recent surveys brings up 10 escape-hatch countries already popular with US expats. It doesn’t matter whether you’re seeking a job, thinking of a start-up or even retiring, there are a...
3 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Bicultural expat couples choose China for culture and opportunity

With bicultural marriages becoming the norm in the younger expat community, China’s business opportunities and inclusive society fit the bill as a long-stay destination. Bicultural couples nowadays are choosing to live in an entirely new environment rather than have one or the other try to adapt to their partner’s country of birth. It’s a major challenge, but China is a great choice as it’s totally different in culture, work ethics and opportunities than anywhere in the West. The major challenge when resettling in a Chinese...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Spain still at risk from fugitive fraudsters

In spite of endless warnings from Britain’s Financial Conduct Agency, local forums and the expat media, UK residents in Spain are still losing their savings and pensions to unscrupulous crooks. This week, one expat newspaper serving the Costa Blanca expat community posted news that Mark Acklom, named on the list of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, is hiding from justice in Murcia. The Olive Press investigation listed his crimes, cons, convictions and jail times along with the five aliases he used to scam an even greater number of...
23 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Switzerland social life sucks and money rules OK

According to a recent survey, expat salaries in Switzerland are the highest in the world, but the social life is a disaster. HSBC’s 2016 expat survey saw alpine Switzerland placed fifth in the world overall as well as scoring tops in the economics and career prospects sector of the poll. However, it seems that friendship is being exchanged for the luxury and status purchased by means of high salaries, as the country was voted one of the world’s worst for its social life. Three-quarters of expat respondents living and working in...
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...