Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

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...
14 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Sexism alive and kicking in expat destinations

Female expats unprepared for this negative aspect of culture shock are experiencing sexism in a number of countries. Nowadays, single women are as likely to emigrate either to further their careers or to retire as are men. However clued up they are to cultural differences and diversities in their new country, they’re often unprepared for the politically incorrect male chauvinism they’ve hardly ever experienced at home. Photographer and writer Sheila Taylor left the UK for a two-year stint in Rio de Janeiro, expecting a fresh,...
5 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Finding the right home is worst headache for expats

One of the biggest problems when emigrating overseas is finding the right home at the right price. Moving overseas is perhaps one of the most stressful undertakings you’ll ever face, whether you’re relocating for business or personal reasons. If your destination is one of the three top favourites for expats, Switzerland, India and the USA, the same hassles of healthcare, transportation and housing needs all apply. Lower down the list are essentials such as childrens’ schooling, understanding cultural differences, the weather and...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Currency exchange roller coaster hitting Brit expats in Europe

British pensioners who’ve moved to other EU member states over the past ten years have seen currency rates shave 11 per cent off their income. Fluctuating exchange rates since 2006 have reduced the actual value in euros of British pensions by 11 per cent, according to pension provider companies. Combined with a rise in the cost of living across the Eurozone and a major fall in property values, it’s bad news for expats who planned a comfortable retirement overseas. The latest fall in the value of the British pound is the result...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Offshore buy to let mortgage lender mobbed by expat investors

Following the Chancellor’s warning over an upcoming crackdown on buy to let rules, an offshore lender’s Jersey and Guernsey branches are reporting a huge increase in expat demands. Skipton International is now introducing a streamlined buy to let mortgage application process in order to deal with the soaring demand from retired expats. A change in borrowing criteria is expected, allowing more expats wishing to invest in British buy to let properties to qualify for the popular product. According to a recent announcement by the...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2016

USA, Switzerland and India favoured destinations for relocating expat professionals

International work assignments for Western expats see most expats heading for the USA, India or Switzerland, according to a major relocation specialist company. International relocation is commonplace nowadays, and is often the first introduction to overseas living for the majority of expat professionals. Settling into a new position in one of your company’s international hubs is a challenge, as is finding a niche in the expat community outside the working environment. Seen as an exciting new opportunity at first, the stress of a...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2015

UAE best destination for expat executives

The UAE has been named as the best place in the world for leading executives to relocate to, according to global research by professional online network LinkedIn. LinkedIn found the oil-rich state attracted more young talent than anywhere else in the world, with 1.89 per cent of its total workforce being added to member profiles in 2014. The study revealed that the leading source of professional talent arriving in the UAE was from India (28 per cent), while the UK, Pakistan, the US and Qatar completed the top five. Other Gulf states...
9 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Manila ranked 136th out of 230 for expat quality of living

The Philippines capital Manila is the 136th most livable city in the world for expats, according to the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, which featured a total of 230 cities. The rankings, compiled by US global human resource consulting company Mercer, listed the Austrian capital Vienna as number one, with Switzerland’s Zurich and New Zealand’s Auckland taking up the nest two spots respectively. Meanwhile, most cities in the same region as Manila came above it, with Singapore in 26th place, Tokyo in 44th, Hong Kong in 70th and...