Moving to Switzerland from the UK | Removals & relocation to Switzerland
Thousands of people move to Switzerland from the UK each year for a number of reasons including improved job prospects, a higher standard of living and a world class medical system
Many of those new arrivals are moving to Switzerland from the UK. This blog will help you understand why so many people are making the move and how to go about moving to Switzerland.
Switzerland’s centrally well-located in Europe, surrounded by Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy and France. The country has a land area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi) and a population of 8.21 million people. Switzerland has low tax rates, low crime rates, a high standard of living and a stable economy, which makes it very attractive to people from the United Kingdom.
Some useful resources for people intending to move to Switzerland from the UK:
- Visa information for Switzerland
- Advice for British nationals moving to Switzerland
- Swiss Federal Office for Migration
- Social insurance for foreign nationals
Moving to Switzerland for Employment
It is very common for people from the UK to move to Switzerland for work. Switzerland attracts many high-skill workers in the fields of information technology, pharmaceuticals and science. The country is home to significant institutions including the Hadron Collider and the United Nations, which attracts many high-skill professionals. Switzerland’s low tax rates are also very attractive to high-skill workers.
People from the United Kingdom are allowed to work up to three months with a “Free Movement of Person agreement”, available from Swiss authorities. If you wish to work for a period longer than 3 months, you will need a residence permit. If you don’t plan to work while living in Switzerland, you simply need to show you have enough financial resources to sustain yourself. If you plan to move to Switzerland to retire, the UK pension will remain payable.
Moving to Switzerland for a Higher Standard of Living
The quality of food, housing and city infrastructure is very high in Switzerland. The crime rate is very low and there aren’t beggars or homeless people on the streets. The cities are clean, well policed and safe. Cities in Switzerland always rank well in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, with Zürich ranking the second best city in the world to live in 2010.
Switzerland also has a great work-life balance with a focus on making time for sports, family and leisure activities. Swiss society is not as consumption driven as other cultures.
Moving to Switzerland to Explore Europe
Switzerland is perfectly located and has plenty of travel opportunities. Germany is one hour from Switzerland while France and Italy can be reached in two hours. Swiss citizens can enjoy the best parts of Europe very easily. Switzerland is also one of the most beautiful natural environments in the world — clean, smog-free air with magnificent views.
Moving to Switzerland for its Culinary Tradition
Switzerland is famous for its chocolate, but its citizens also enjoy some of the best beer, cheese and wine in the world due to the country’s proximity to Germany, France and Italy.
What is The Best Way to Move to Switzerland from the UK?
The easiest way to move your possessions to Switzerland from the UK is to use professional international movers. Schepens are the leading international removers in the UK, with decades of experience managing removals to Switzerland.
Some of the advantages of choosing Schepens to help you relocate to Switzerland include:
- Decades of experience handling removals to Switzerland
- A professional packing service that uses heavy duty packing materials is available
- Schepens has experience dealing with customs rules and regulations of many countries including Switzerland
- Schepens are fully insured — the workers, vehicles and the items being transported are all covered.
- Schepens uses specialist removals vehicles that are designed to safely carry delicate items for long distances
- The company only uses experienced and fully qualified movers. All of their movers are trained to British Association of Removers standards