Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

11 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Affordable Dutch universities make top 100 list in annual survey

Expatriates with families including older children will be happy to hear three of the Netherlands’ universities are ranked in the top 100 of the World University Rankings, reckoned as one of the world’s most important education-related surveys. Delft University of Technology came in on 52nd place, two places higher than in 2017, and is now ranked as the best university in the country. The University of Amsterdam took 57th place overall, one place higher than last year, and also beat Delft University on academic reputation....
5 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Trilingual Brit expat refused Swiss citizenship for not knowing melted cheese origin

43-year old David Lewis has lived in Switzerland since he was a baby, is totally fluent in French and German as well as his native language and now owns a thriving café business in Zurich. He’s also raising his six-year old son and has no criminal record. In spite of his obvious qualifications for Swiss citizenship, his application was refused as he couldn’t give an exact answer as to the canton in which a melted cheese was produced, although he got the region right. He also couldn’t identify a traditional Swiss chard dish from...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
8 May at 6 PM 2018

US expats in Zurich use comic videos to encourage midterm votes

‘When all else fails, try comedy’ is the expat approach to galvanising the US expat vote in the November midterm elections. Comedy with a serious purpose is a unique strategy intended to persuade US expats in Switzerland to vote in the upcoming midterms. Its creators are a group of American citizens living and working in Zurich who’re determined to get their compatriots to the polls in November. Their weapons are comic videos urging all US expats to get up and get on with voting in order to rescue their home country from itself....
2 May at 6 PM 2018

US expats in Zurich urge compatriots across the world to vote in midterms

American expats living and working in Zurich are urging US citizens across the world to get together and register to vote in November’s midterm elections. A group of 270 US expats in Switzerland have banded together under the umbrella of Action Together – Zurich to urge their compatriots all over the world to register to vote in the USA’s mid-term elections. They’ve posted on YouTube, asking the question ‘should I pretend to be from Canada so that I can ignore criticism of the USA’s present politics?’, followed by witty...
2 May at 6 PM 2018

Cryptocurrency crooks under threat of international crackdown

As reports of cryptocurrency connections to organised crime, fraud and duping of inexperienced investors begin to surface on the web, international regulators are preparing to get tough. Due to the popularity of speculating in cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise the bad and the ugly are now taking advantage of the good and the inexperienced, with moves now underway in EU countries, the UK, USA, Japan and South Korea to drive cryptocurrency crooks off the internet. According to international financial regulators, the currencies...
26 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Surge in Spanish property sales to Brits still ongoing

The latest Spanish property market figures show purchases by Brits are still soaring. Following its years in the doldrums, Spain’s real estate sector is again the focus of a surge in property purchases by would-be expats and those looking for second homes in the sun. Rather than suppressing interest from British home buyers as expected, Brexit seems to have spurred a rush to buy before March next year. It seems many hopefully long-term expats are deciding to trade in their British passports for a chance to live in a Brexit-free...
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...