Move to Switzerland: Pros and Cons

Premise: Before you take the decision to move to Switzerland, I recommend you to think about all pros and cons of this project. You can write them down on the paper just below the reason(s) why you want to move (see step 2).

PROs and CONs: Keep the list and update the pros and cons every time you find something new. Some pros and cons are quite universally valid while some other are very subjective. For example, the fact that the salary is very high and that you are expecting to earn more money is a pro which probably everyone will write down. Also, the “con” that the cost of living are extremely high is something that everyone should write on the list.

The fact, that in Switzerland we speak German, French and Italian can be very positive for those people who speak those languages but very negative for those people who, for example, just speak English. Swiss nature can be a big PRO if you like to go hiking, skiing, walking, etc. but a big CON if you want to live in a big city. We don’t have big cities, by the way, be aware of that! 🙂

Consider also the weather as a big disadvantage, if you are used to warm and sunny climate. In the picture you see some sheeps that I met a couple of weeks ago. What you see is not pollution, on the contrary, the air is very clean, just very foggy sometimes.

Here an example of a pros and cons list:


Work: high salary, good work conditions, chance to save money, good economy

Country: Stable, peaceful, safe, clean, lots of nature, good health system

Personal: multinational environment, chance for a new start, challenge


Work: Workaholics, long working hours, parent leave (worse than other European countries)

Country: Cold and grey winter, high cost of living, lots of regulations, very bureaucratic

Personal: Swiss people very reserved, will miss my country, friends and family, language barriers

Now it’s time to make your own list and don’t forget to update the list from time to time!

Summary steps 1 to 3: From step 1 you should know what does it mean to “integrate in a new country”. From step 2 and 3 you should know the main reason(s) why you want to move to Switzerland and the advantages and disadvantages of your project.

Go to the next step: Available from 31th of December

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Gerdaknows is not a legal counselor and does not take any responsibilities about the correctness and completeness of the information. Gerdaknows does not tolerate racist, sexist, xenophobic comments, insults, mobbing, etc..

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