Daily Life

Understanding Swiss taxes, the health insurance system or even how to find an apartment can be overwhelming for newcomers to Switzerland. Whether you plan to retire in Zug or get married in the Swiss Alps, find help navigating Swiss daily life here.

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Health and emergencies

Anyone resident in Switzerland for more than three months must purchase the basic health insurance package, the contents of which are set down by law.

Bank accounts

Ease of account opening has become a selling point in the Swiss retail banking sector, which is good news for prospective customers.

Rubbish and recycling

Switzerland is famed for its high recycling rates, and everyone is expected to play their part.

Keeping pets

Cats are the most common household pets in Switzerland with 1.4 million feline companions ruling the roost in Swiss homes.

Foreigner voting rights

Voting at a national level is reserved for those with Swiss citizenship who are at least 18 years old, though some cantons allow foreigners to ...

Birth and death

As in most other countries, authorities in Switzerland need to be informed about births and deaths that happen in the country, regardless of ...

Retiring to Switzerland

Low taxes, beautiful scenery, excellent health care: these are just a few of the reasons people come to Switzerland to retire. Here's what you ...

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