|7 myths about living in Switzerland|
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It is impossible to get a residence permit
Wrong. There are many ways to get a residence permit, and
for example if you are retired or willing to do business in
Switzerland, we will be happy to help you get a permit.
Switzerland is as cold as Siberia
We grow wine and kiwis in Switzerland and in the summer
temperatures rises above 30 Celsius in many parts of the country. We
do have a winter season, with snow and all that, but it only lasts a
Life in Switzerland is more expensive than in Tokyo
Switzerland is expensive, but no more than Paris or London. And,
let's face it, you probably pay a lot more tax now than you would pay if
you lived in Switzerland. This largely compensates for the cost of living
for many people.
Living in Switzerland is only for pop stars and steel barons
Wrong again. Many foreigners who are neither as famous as
Tina Turner nor as rich as Ingvar Kamprad live in Switzerland. It is true that you must be moderately wealthy to qualify for some residence permits, but
not as much as you think.
The Swiss are very cold
Visitors often judge the Swiss from the welcome the receive at the souvenir
shop in the airport, which is like judging the kindness of the American
people from the immigration officers at JFK. In fact, it all depends on
the area and on the situation. Rural, Catholic cantons have reputedly the
most sympathetic people, and many people who live in Switzerland and make
a small effort to understand the country find open and trustworthy friends.
There are just cows and ski-lifts in Switzerland
No, we have cities, operas, industries, great hotels and
restaurants, and the highest per capita number of Nobel Prizes in the
world. And if you really need the thrill of a huge city, you are
never far from other European cities in Switzerland.
The Swiss don't let you buy a house
They do if you get a residence permit. With a B permit, you can buy a house
anywhere in the country (the law changed recently).