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Switzerland Expat News

The 7 Greatest Train Journey’s in the World

Many associate train travel with discomfort, heat and the weekly commute. However, when it comes to seeing the world by train, there is an old-fashioned appeal that cannot be matched by flying or driving. More often than not, you get to clap your eyes on some of the most hidden locations in the world from the comfort of your carriage. Kenya: Jambo Kenya Deluxe The Nairobi to Mombasa line is one of earth’s greatest train journeys and the train many opt for is ... Read more

Which City Is the Best to Live in for 2017?

Mercer recently revealed its 2017 Quality of Living City Rankings. In a repeat performance of the last eight years, Vienna tops the list as the most liveable city in the world. German and Swiss cities flood the top 10, with guest appearances from the likes of New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Mercer’s study examined social and economic conditions, health, education, housing and the environment of 231 cities. The results are often used by blue chip companies to assess how much they should ... Read more

How Can Expats Get Their Children Immunised?

The World Health Organisation has reported a worrying increase of children with measles in Europe. Italy and Romania have seen the largest outbreaks and the WHO warns this is due to a drop in children being immunised. In January 2017 alone, Italy reported more than 200 cases of measles. Romania has reported 3,400 cases and 17 deaths since January 2016. Due to measles being highly contagious, the viral illness can spread between people and countries easily. For a country to be sufficiently ... Read more

Expats in Switzerland Benefit from Highest Salaries in the World

Results from banking giant HSBC’s latest Expat Explorer Survey have revealed Switzerland as the best place for expats wanting a salary increase. The country has the best earning prospects for foreigners in the world, with an average annual pay of approximately £152,000 – double the global average. Switzerland, for the second year in a row, was also revealed as the best all-round destination for a career abroad. Not only are the earning prospects second to none, but it also boasts an excellent ... Read more

10 Countries Heralded for Best Quality of Life

InterNations Expat Insider 2016 survey is one of the most extensive expat studies and explores the general living situations of expatriates. This year, the survey targeted 14,000 expats and they were asked to rate several elements of their lives abroad, from health and personal happiness, to leisure options and quality of transport. Those who took part in the research had their numbers for each category tallied up to give an overall quality of life score for each country. Thinking of a new ... Read more

Switzerland is the Best Place for a Career Abroad

Despite the stereotypical imagery of silk-smooth chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodelling – Switzerland is very contemporary. According to expats, the country is the best all-round destination for a career abroad. They state that working in Switzerland has increased salary prospects, improved working atmospheres, and provided enviable job security. According to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, almost two thirds of expats in Switzerland state that the country offers higher salaries than their home countries. 53% of expats love their working culture in Switzerland and ... Read more

The Top 10 Most Prosperous Countries

The Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank, release their global Prosperity Index annually and the endless survey ranks the mos t prosperous countries in the world. Many assume prosperity is used in reference to the financial standing of a country and, while this is included, the Legatum Institute considers more factors in its ranking. The organisation compares 89 variables to distinguish the ranking, including traditional indicators such as per capita gross domestic products and the number of people in full-time work, to more ... Read more

Danger Money: the world’s most dangerous cities for expats

Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has revealed that expats concerned for their personal safety should find solace in European countries such as Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria. The survey, which is conducted annually, ranked 230 cities based on internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and the home country’s relationships with other countries. With the purpose of the rankings to allow employers to compensate employees appropriately based on their city of work, it suggests that Baghdad, Damascus, Karachi and Nairobi may ... Read more

Cities Offering the Highest Quality of Life Revealed

In today’s global economy more of us than ever before are reaping the benefits of international relocation and the career-enhancing opportunities that such situations can bring. However a perennial problem is assessing which potential destinations are likely to offer you (and your family) the very best quality of life. After all, while some expats are happy to relocate almost anywhere for the right salary package and future prospects, just as important to many of us is to ensure that we relocate to a ... Read more

The Facts Around Working Abroad

According to the United Nations an incredible 232 million people are now living in a country in which they weren't born. Expat life is truly a global phenomenon with ever more of us travelling around the world for better weather, increased career prospects or more competitive salaries. According to HSBC, who surveyed 22,000 expats around the world recently, 58% of all the expats they spoke to moved abroad because of their career. Reasons cited include better job prospects, new challenges or employer requests. But ... Read more
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