Expat Switzerland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Switzerland

11 Apr at 6 PM 2014

European Health Insurance Card fiction and fact

Expats from EU member states as well as travellers may well be aware of the benefits of the EHIC, but there’s more confusion over its use nowadays than at any time in its 10-year history. A recent survey revealed that over 50 per cent of those travelling with the card believed that it gives free emergency healthcare in any world destination. Many also believe that there’s no need to purchase travel insurance if you’re carrying the card. Myths about the use of the card can result in a medical emergency abroad becoming a...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2014

Wealthy Brits overseas rushing to buy into booming UK housing market

International buyers, including wealthy UK expats living in the UAE, France and Switzerland are rushing to take advantage of Britain’s booming real estate market and weak sterling exchange rates. A survey by a British bank has revealed that the boom in house prices in London and the Home Counties combined with a weak pound has attracted attention from an increasing number of overseas buyers as well as high-earning expats. Over a third of those surveyed were planning to purchase UK buy-to-let properties during the next two years....
31 Mar at 6 PM 2014

New expat mothers in UAE hit by lack of family support

Doctors in the United Arab Emirates are advising expat families to give full support to new mothers in order to avoid the risks of post-natal depression. One in ten of new mothers suffer from post-natal depression, with expat families in the UAE being advised to keep a watchful eye out for the symptoms. The biological changes which take place during and immediately after the birth combined with other undiagnosed risk factors such as the stress of expat life in an unfamiliar location can make the onset of post-natal depression a real...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2014

Expats in Spain lose home demolition battle

After a two and a half year battle in the Spanish courts to save their homes, a group of expats in Zahara de los Atunes have been told their wooden properties are to be demolished next week. The British/Swiss group, all owners at the Costa de la Luz Atlantic Forest Park, are now suing a British developer for a sum of more than a million euros. Although their battle will continue, they are being forced to leave the development’s charming villas by 12 March, on which date demolition of the complex and clearing of the land for another...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2014

Kiwi dreams are tops for would be expats

With more than a million UK citizens choosing to live abroad and potentially a million more dreaming of following, New Zealand rates highly in a poll of the most desirable destinations. Recent research revealed that Britain exports as many expats as it imports immigrants, with over a million UK ex-residents celebrating global mobility by gracing migration hubs all over the world. The figure is expected to rise by over 20 per cent the next two years, with many hoping to be able to choose the traditional antipodean exit route and end up...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2014

Expats cool on petition against end of winter fuel allowance

A petition by lobbyists attempting to reverse the withdrawal of winter fuel allowances for expat pensioners is getting the cold shoulder from the majority of retirees overseas. With over 200,000 British pensioners living overseas in European states due to lose their winter fuel allowance, it’s a surprise that the petition has so far attracted just 15,000 signatures. Many of the thousands of retirees living abroad are located in regions with colder, if shorter, winters than those in the more southerly regions of England....
18 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Cyprus pushes back property misselling deadline for expat victims

Whilst the bulldozers continue demolishing mis-sold expat homes in Spain, those unfortunates in a similar position in Cyprus have been given more time to launch legal proceedings. Thousands of investors and retirees who emigrated to the popular island have now been given by the Cyprus government another 12 months in which to launch lawsuits against banks and corrupt property developers. The deadline will now extend until the end of December 2014. The many Britons who chose Cyprus as their retirement destination as well as investors...
13 Dec at 6 PM 2013

UAE expats enjoy Christmas with all the usual homestyle treats

Whilst expats the world over look forward to Christmas as a time to relax and have fun with friends, those lucky enough to live the UAE can source all the usual Christmas treats right on their doorsteps. Entrepreneurs in the Emirates are now setting up shop to make and deliver traditional festive foods using recipes from Scotland, the UK and other European countries. The expat daily, Gulf News, has printed a list of Christmas delicacies and where to get them, thus solving many expat dilemmas about spending the holiday away from home....
11 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Republicans urge FATCA repeal as expat Americans dump citizenship

President Obama’s flagship FATCA law is under fire from Republican party leaders as well as from the thousands of USA expats living overseas who have renounced their citizenship. The controversial and much-hated anti-tax evasion measure was designed to stop American citizens hiding assets and cash in overseas tax havens, but has resulted in twice as many expats renouncing their citizenship than in previous years. Due to come into force next year, it’s been seen as an unacceptable added burden on top of the tax all American expats...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2013

Temporary or permanent emigration may depend on pension provision

Migrants leaving the UK for overseas jobs many never intend to return, but the final decision to stay or go may depend on whether they have a pension in their host country. It seems that deciding to make a permanent commitment to your host county at the end of a career is easier if you have opted into a pension scheme in your overseas home. Taking this step tends to indicate that there’s enough which is good to encourage staying for the rest of your life. The latest HSBC Expat Explorer survey indicated that, for UK citizens,...