Bern

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Jose Carreira

"Living in Bern, the tiny capital city of Switzerland, felt very hemmed in at first. But through InterNations I met the expat community and many nice locals."

Marina Salgado

"I was amazed by the variety of people that I got to meet through InterNations Bern: diplomats, CEOs, artists and expats from all nations."

The Expat Community in Bern Welcomes You!

Gruezi, salut, and buongiorno and welcome to our expat community based in Bern! InterNations is a forum and community that was developed to help expats around the globe to meet friendly and helpful people in the same situation as themselves. Although Switzerland is a beautiful place and Bern is a lively cosmopolitan city, Swiss community life can be a little bit forbidding to outsiders, so it's important to make contacts. Previous questions which have come up in our community have included things such as, "how do you find a good hospital without paying the Earth?" and "how do I register to pay my taxes?". Our community includes old hands who know all the local secrets, as well as newcomers who are starting on the same journey as you might be yourself. There's so much to learn about this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site and modern commercial city.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Singapore or Moscow.

Join Our Exciting Events in Bern

Attend our monthly events and activities for Bern expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Bern Expat Guides

  • Moving to Bern

    Bern is a popular choice for expats: 34% of the population is resident foreign nationals. Switzerland was ranked number one in the World Happiness Report 2015 and those who make their home in Bern enjoy a good quality of life. Read more about the city, the climate and the visas in our Expat Guide.
  • Living in Bern

    Situated on the river Aare, the capital of Switzerland is a popular destination for tourists and as the location of the three levels of government (city, cantonal and federal parliaments). Bern is known for its high quality of living, excellent educational institutions and healthcare facilities, making Bern a great choice for expats. Read more in our guide!
  • Working in Bern

    Plenty of international companies, Bern offers a good environment for expats who think about to work there. The most successful way to get a job is online due to the big number of jobs for expats. Read all about the local economy, job hunting and work permits in our guide!

Exchange Tips about living in Bern

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Bern expat forums.

Arriving as an Expat in Bern

Starting a new expat posting can often feel like being thrown into a bear pit, but Bern has an actual real life bear pit! The historic Baerengraben, where the city's emblematic animals were kept, is empty now, but the famous Bears of Bern are still there, in a humane enclosure nearby. This is only one of the ways that the city keeps its old traditions alive, despite its modern economy, now that the old craft of the watchmakers of the Bernese Seeland has developed into a variety of precision engineering industries.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Vienna or Berlin, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

The Best Network for Expats in Bern

At InterNations in Bern, we have a lively and vibrant community, with groups interested in outdoor sports, dining, and coffee and even just acting like "Spontaneous Souls", as well as professional networking. We maintain a professional, friendly, and respectful atmosphere, so feel free to ask any questions that you have about the process of starting a new life in the city or canton. Our InterNations Groups contain some of the most interesting people you're likely to meet, so get involved today.

Jose Carreira

"Living in Bern, the tiny capital city of Switzerland, felt very hemmed in at first. But through InterNations I met the expat community and many nice locals."

Marina Salgado

"I was amazed by the variety of people that I got to meet through InterNations Bern: diplomats, CEOs, artists and expats from all nations."

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