Living and working in Switzerland
If you want to live and work in Switzerland, you will find useful links and information here.
General information about Switzerland
Interesting facts about the geography, history, politics and economy of Switzerland can be found on Wikipedia.
The ch.ch portal is the electronic business card of official Switzerland and the central gateway to online information from the Confederation, cantons and communes.
Work permit and entry into Switzerland
Foreign nationals require a work permit if they wish to pursue a professional activity in Switzerland.
EU citizens can enter the country and start work immediately on the contractually agreed entry date. The prerequisite is a signed employment contract with a company based in Switzerland.
Further information is available from the Federal Office for Migration.
Social security system
The Swiss social insurance system is based on 3 pillars:
|Securing the accustomed standard of living
|3a (bound) /3b (free)
Further information can be found on the following pages:
Federal Social Insurance Office (FSO)
Old-age and survivors’ insurance (AHV)
The tax rates vary greatly depending on the canton and municipality of residence. You can check your expected tax burden for the current year at the Calculate tax online with the tax calculator of the Federal Tax Administration.
The following apartment portals offer a wide range of rental and owner-occupied apartments:
alle-immobilien.ch- Metasearch engine across several housing portals^
Price comparisons for property and health insurance, real estate, investments and financing: Comparis
You can find the current exchange rates for Swiss francs on