Moving to Switzerland: Step 2

PROs & CONs

Premise: There is always a reason why someone wants to move to Switzerland…is it for love? or because it’s a politically stable place? Is is the salary? In any case, nothing is perfect! For every decision you’re taking, you will have some positive and negative consequences and you need to know your PROs and CONs. Or in other terms, you have to put your benefits against your disadvantages and calculate the risk!

PROs and CONs: Writing a list of your PROs and CONs of moving to Switzerland could be helpful to determine the risk you’re taking. Here some PROs and CONs examples:

PROs:

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

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

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

CONs:

Work: Workaholics, long working hours, not very family friendly (compared to other EU-countries, e.g. parents leave)

Country: Weather, high cost of living, lots of regulations, very bureaucratic

Personal: Swiss people are very reserved/introverted, miss own country, friends and family, language barriers

Note: PROs & CONs can be very individual. For example the fact that in Switzerland we speak German, French and Italian can be very positive for people who speak those languages but a disadvantage for those people who don’t. Swiss nature can be a big PRO if you like 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! 🙂

If you plan to move to North Switzerland, consider also the weather as a big disadvantage. In the picture you see some sheep 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.

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

Conclusion: After Step 1 and 2, you should be able to decide, if moving to Switzerland is the right option for you! Do I hear a YES? Great, now the real work starts!

Go to the next step: Legal opportunities.

Gerdaknows is not a legal counselor and does not take any responsibilities about the correctness and completeness of the information. Gerdaknows does not tolerate racism, sexism, insults, mobbing, etc..

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