Moving to Switzerland

Moving to Switzerland

Basic information Switzerland

If you are moving to Switzerland, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Swiss Confederation
  • Population: 8,211,700 of per 2014
  • Capital City: Bern
  • Government: Federal multi-party directorial republic with thorough elements of direct            democracy
    • Federal Council: Doris Leuthard, Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Ueli Maurer, Didier Burkhalter, Simonetta Sommaruga (President), Johann Schneider-Ammann (Vice President) and Alain Berset
  • Main language: German, French, Italian, Romansh
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Monetary unit:  Swiss franc (CHF)
  • International dialing code: +41

Are you moving to Switzerland? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes.


The education system in Sweden consists public schools and private schools, however most of the residents choose to send their children to public schools. Schooling is compulsory for 9 years in Switzerland. And only about 5% of the population sends their children to private schools.

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
  • Tertiary school

Moreover, Switzerland has the most foreign students attending tertiary school after Australia.


The unemployment rate in Switzerland was 3.4% in April 2015. If you are moving to Switzerland and come from one of the EU or EEA countries, then you will not need a work permit or work visa in order to work there. However if you are not from one of the EU or EEA countries, then it might be required to apply for a work permit or visa.  However keep in mind that over the last few years, it has been more difficult to obtain a work permit for Switzerland. And obtaining a work permit might be a tricky process depending on which country you come from. If you are moving to Switzerland, the following documents are required if you want to apply for a Swiss work permit or visa:

  • A photocopy of your passport/travel ID data page;
  • Copies of job advertisements (press or online);
  • Evidence of other effort to get work;
  • CV
  • Copies of qualifications, such as certificates or diplomas, which should be in German, French, Italian, or English (translated by an official translator if necessary);
  • Details about the university/place of higher education, such as dates, subjects, and grades.


Bank accounts

It is possible for expats and foreigners to open a bank account in Switzerland. However the requirements to open a bank account is that you must be at least 18 years or older. Keep in mind that it depends on which bank you choose because some banks require a (small) deposit or require you to pay (monthly) fees.  The following basic documents are needed if you want to open a bank account in Switzerland:

  • Copy passport
  • Proof of residence
  • Financial documents (employment contracts)

Moving to Switzerland


If you are moving to Switzerland and come from one of the EU or EEA countries, then you will not need a visa if you want to enter Switzerland.  If you need a visa to enter Switzerland, then the following basic documents are needed:

  • Application form
  • A valid passport
  • One photograph taken within the last six months.
  • A receipt (appointment confirmation) showing payment of your application

It is quite easy to obtain a visa for Switzerland depending on which country you come from.

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Cost of living

The cost of living in Switzerland is compared to the other EU countries, very high. However, the salary is also compared to other EU countries higher. Most of the residents in Switzerland choose to rent instead of buying. However, in cities like Zurich or and Geneva, the demand for accommodation is high but the supply is low. Therefore the prices for accommodation are quite high.  Moreover, the cost for transportation is also very high. However it is advisable to obtain a Swiss Half fare card, with this card you will give you a 50% discount on transportation.



Medical care

The health care system of Switzerland is one of the best in the world. It is compulsory to have a health insurance in Switzerland.  Moreover, health insurance is quite expensive in Switzerland. Keep in mind that the costs depend on where you are living instead of how much you earn. The Swiss health care system consists of public health systems, subsidized health systems and fully private health systems.


Driving license

Depending on which country you come from, you can use your foreign driving license up to 1 year.  After 1 year, you will need to apply for a Swiss driving license.  Keep in mind that you must be at least 18 years or older if you want to drive a car in Switzerland. If you want to apply for a Swiss driving license then the following documents are needed:

  • Request form asserted by the city council department for population
  • A sight test completed by an authorized and recognized optician
  • Color photograph with name and surname on the back
  • Swiss residence permit

If you are moving to Switzerland and want to obtain a Swiss driving license you must first pass your theoretical examination and practical examination.



The tax system in Switzerland required for expats who are living or working in Switzerland for more than 30 days to pay tax. Just like any other country in the world, the more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.


Moving to Switzerland

Why Moovmii?

Instead of spending time searching for movers, Moovmii will send your request directly to the international removal companies. You will just have to wait, and get contacted by them, either by phone or by email. And by doing that you can save money, since moving companies will compete for your move! You will be able to choose the right mover for you, depending on its services, and its price. Is this not enough to convince you to use Moovmii and its network of international removal companies when moving to China? Here are some other reasons that will surely convince you:

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  • You get up to 5 quotes, giving you the possibility to choose;
  • International removal companies have years of experience, and have done furniture transports just like yours innumerable times;
  • Movers can disassemble and assemble your furniture, pack your belongings, and do all the heavy lifting;
  • Moving companies are specialized in transporting furniture and hefty items around, so they can guarantee you the best protection for your things, whether you are opting for a shipping by land, by air, or by sea;
  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to Switzerland starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international removal companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to Switzerland could not be any easier!