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Recently retired from Finnish telecom giant Nokia, where he was a top manager, Mr. R. wanted out of Finland. Tired of his country's long and depressing winters, he was looking for a country with better weather and a friendly tax environment. Mr. R. came to see us with his wife in May 2000 to see how that could be possible.
Take the first you see
Castle with a view
A six-room apartment with over 370 sq.m of living surface, stunning view overlooking Lake Geneva and a splendid private garden. The living room only is 70 m2. The apartment came fully furnished with antique furniture, 18th century paintings and a medieval wine cellar connected to the master bedroom by an elevator. The 500 sq.m garden ends with a two-car garage accessible from the road. Oh, yes, the rent. A very reasonable rent of Sfr.5,000 a month.
A fast application
We kept in touch with the R. by email as they were enjoying their summer in the South of France. Soon we got the fiscal administration to approve a lump sum taxation agreement ("forfait fiscal"), which allowed our clients to pay a reasonable, fixed tax every year, with no relation to their non-Swiss wealth or income.
The Swiss administrations were almost as fast as Mr. R. in processing his application. In less than two months we received approval from municipal, cantonal and federal authorities, a record.
Especially important was the selection of a reliable and reasonably-priced gardener for the apartment's splendid garden, a totally private haven overlooking the lake and planted with centuries-old oaks. Click to see Mr. R.'s gardening tool cellar from outside and from inside , and the public cellar with its motto ( For he who undestand, few words are necessary ).
A Jaguar fan
Read the interview with Mr. R. where he explains why he chose Switzerland, what other countries he compared and how he and his wife feel after arriving in Montreux for good.
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