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Switzerland has an excellent educational system which includes government schools, private schools and international schools. Public primary schools are free of charge. 
  • Preschool/ Kindergarten: is available for children from 32 - 72 months.
  • Primary School: is available for children from 6 - 12 years and is free of charge on public schools.      
  • Lower Secondary School: is available for children from 12-16 years.                                                  
  • Upper Secondary School: vocational and general education.
  • Vocational School: is available for those who finished their secondary education and takes 2 - 4 years.

Further education is available for those who have finished their vocational course and want to specialize in a particular subject.


Rental accommodation is very popular in Switzerland, with just over half of the population renting a house or an apartment. Residents of the popular cities like Zurich and Geneva tend to rent more often than the residents in cities which aren’t so large and well-populated like Appenzell and Sion.

Types of houses:

You can find a wide variety of houses and apartments in Switzerland, although larger houses or large gardens tend to be more difficult to find in the bigger cities. In these bigger cities you will mainly find apartments and smaller houses. The best website to find a house or an apartment in Switzerland is This website is available in English and gives extensive details of all the properties listed from all over Switzerland.

Average Prices:

Square Meters COST (€) - To buy (€)To rent / month
50 sq. m. 530,500 10,610
90 sq. m. 969,930 10,777
120 sq. m. 1,356,720 11,306
200 sq. m. 2,542,200 12,711
Some useful tips and tricks while you are moving to Switzerland, you will find here.

Medical Care 

Health care in Switzerland is very good and has earned a fantastic reputation over the years, especially in Europe. Swiss healthcare is almost on top of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) list of health care systems by country.
Types of hospitals
Switzerland has total of 313 hospitals which are being divided into government hospitals, private hospitals and university hospitals.
 The cost of medical care in Switzerland depends on whether you choose to attend a private hospital or not. Health insurance won’t cover the costs of your treatment in a private hospital, but in a government hospital most, and sometimes all, of your treatment costs will be refunded.


Switzerland is seeing a lot of growth in job opportunities. The chief sectors for job in Switzerland are:
  • ICT
  • Finance department
  • Chemical engineering
  • Watchmaking
  • Tourism ( seasonal workers)
How to find one
When a new job opportunity opens in Switzerland it appears in the local newspapers or the industry specific journals. The best newspapers for finding a job are:
Lot of jobs are to be found on the internet sites like:
In Switzerland is also possible to sign up by a private employment agency which helps you to get a job. The two largest employment agencies online are:

Bank Accounts

Everybody can open and a bank account and receive money in any currency they want. If you are a foreigner you can also open a bank account but the bank will then look into your earnings and decide how much money you need to deposit to keep your bank account. While opening a bank account you will be asked to show your passport or identity card. If the bank suspects that your money is coming from criminal activities then will reject your request and immediately inform the police. 
List of Swiss banks



Switzerland has several different visas for different purposes;
  • Short term visa: is when you are visiting Switzerland for a family visit, friend visit and as a tourist. You can stay for maximum 90 days.
  • Long term visa: you will be permitted to stay longer than 90 days in Switzerland. Duration of your visa depends on the reason of your long term stay. If you as a foreigner want to work in Switzerland you must also apply for work permit which once approved comes together with your long term visa. If you are planning to get your degree in Switzerland then you will get a student visa which will be expiring once you are done with the education. Once finished with your education and you want to stay in Switzerland because you have found a job then there is also a possibility of getting a new visa which also includes work permit.

Cost of Living

  A graph showing division of the various items of household expense
This diagram shows you an average earning family and their expenses. Major items, like elsewhere in Europe, are food & monthly rent. And it would appear that the Swizz are particularly careful with their clothes with the smallest part of the budget being spent on shoes and clothing.


Tax Bracket Married Filling Jointly (€) Single (€)
10% Bracket € 0-13.471 € 0-6735
15% Bracket € 13.472-54.679 € 6736-27.339
25% Bracket € 54.680-110.429 € 27.340-66249
28% Bracket €110.430-168.239 € 66.250-138.205
33% Bracket €168.240-300.461 €138.206-300.461
35% Bracket € 300.462-Over € 300.462-Over

This chart shows the income tax of a Swiss resident based on what the family or just one person earns on yearly basis.

The taxes of Switzerland are low and that’s why it is called a tax paradise. It is also attractive because it has all kinds of deduction of tax if you are doing business abroad or something. The income tax is 8,50% but after tax deduction it gets to 7,7%. VAT is 8%.



Cars and fuel
More than 90% owns a car in Switzerland. Fuel prices are around €1, 52 for 1L of petrol and €1, 44 for 1L of diesel. Car prices are at average European levels and there are no extra taxes or charges on car purchases.
Driver’s license
Foreigners with foreign driver’s license can drive for 12 months with their current domestic licence before they need to exchange it for Swiss one. 
If the language of the driver’s license is recognized by the Swiss authorities (English, German, Italian or French) then you can exchange it for an International one and with that one you can drive without doing any test. 
If you were a resident of the EU before moving to Switzerland than you can exchange you driver’s license for a Swiss one within 12 months, once those 12 months have passed and you haven’t applied for a Swiss one than your license becomes invalid and you have to take the practical test again.
Residents Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and USA can exchange their driver’s license for the Swiss one by only doing the theory exam.
Public transportation
Public transportation of Switzerland is known as one of the finest systems in the world. Switzerland has like almost any other country metro, bus, tram and train. Costs of the public transportation aren’t very high. In addition Switzerland also has 3 main airports, situated in Zurich, Genève and Basel.
The climate in Switzerland is generally cold with a lot of rain. The Swiss Plateau has the Atlantic Climate because of the cold influence of Atlantic Ocean whilst the Alps have Kubra climate with even more rain in the summer and snow in the winter. Coldest month is January and then temperatures get as low as -10 and the warmest month of the year is July when it can reach up to 30 degrees. The wettest period of the year falls between June and August.