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Andrey Vasilyev

"I was able to connect with other expats in Zurich who enjoy cycling as much as I do and organize weekly rides."

Elin Gustavson

"At the first InterNations event that I attended, I met my wonderful partner. We now live together in a flat next to the Limmat."

Make the most of living and working in Lausanne

Expat living in Lausanne raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from Swiss authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺHow does the Swiss health-care system work?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend nannies and baby-sitters in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Lausanne takes a lot of time. Our Lausanne expat guide is there to make your relocation to Lausanne as easy as possible. Starting with embassies and consulates to information about food & shopping, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Lausanne.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Lausanne. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Phnom Penh to living in Canberra.

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Top Articles in the Lausanne Expat Guide

  • Moving to Lausanne

    Lausanne is a beautiful city on the shore of Lake Geneva. Thanks to the multilingualism of Switzerland and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s a top destination for expats. Read on to learn more about the city, its climate, and local accommodation so you are well prepared for your move to Lausanne.
  • Living in Lausanne

    Living in Lausanne is a unique and enriching experience, which offers a multicultural atmosphere, interesting architecture and diverse leisure opportunities. Moreover, Switzerland guarantees top quality services and facilities, so make sure to read up education, transportation and more!
  • Working in Lausanne

    Lausanne, with its developed and strong economy, boasts of a wide range of industries and sectors that are bound to welcome expats from different parts of the world. Its international spirit, moreover, makes working in Lausanne appealing and stimulating.
  • Difficulties & Differences through Switzerland’s Language Diversity

    Switzerland’s culture is characterized by diversity. With four national languages, this comes as no surprise. But how does this multilingualism affect Switzerland as a nation? Find out more about Switzerland’s different language regions and cultures in our guide!
  • Switzerland: Small but Diverse

    From the verdant Rhine Valley to icy glaciers: Switzerland is a small, but very diverse country — not only geographically. Find out more about its major regions, people, history, and cantons in our expat guide.
  • Switzerland’s Extensive and Expensive Public Transportation System

    With the world’s densest public transportation system, there is no need for a car in Switzerland. Be it by train, bus, taxi, tramway, or even by boat, there are countless options of getting around Switzerland. But of course, this world class transportation system comes at a price.
  • Childcare in Switzerland

    No matter where they live, working parents want to make sure that their children are taken good care of during the day. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to organize childcare in Switzerland. Our expat guide provides an overview of the various options, from crèches to “day mothers” or au-pairs.
  • The Job Hunt: Finding Employment in Switzerland

    Finding the right job in Switzerland may be a challenge if you are not prepared. For qualified expats, the job market is booming, but this is not the case in every field. The first step to finding work in Switzerland is analyzing the job market and finding which sector fits your skills.
  • It’s All about Family: Extra Benefits in Switzerland

    Expat parents in Switzerland will be glad to hear that there is extra financial help available to them for raising children. However, the family allowance system in Switzerland is somewhat complicated. Our article offers an overview of this topic, providing you with some helpful links to explain it.
  • Safe and Sound: Expats in Switzerland

    When you’re thinking of moving to Switzerland, the topic of safety may not be at the top of your list of things to worry about. Switzerland consistently ranks as one of the safest countries in the world. However, InterNations has put together some tips on what to watch out for in Switzerland.
  • How to Make That House Your Home: Utilities in Switzerland

    For expats, utilities are often at the bottom of the list of things they need to figure out. But when you move to Switzerland, you will want to make sure that electricity, water, and heat are up and running and that your garbage is picked up regularly. This article covers all of this, and more!
  • Staying Healthy: Hospitals and Doctors in Switzerland

    With its reputation of having one of the best healthcare systems in the world, Switzerland doesn’t disappoint with its extensive list of hospitals, doctors’ offices, and dentists. Our InterNations guide on healthcare in Switzerland will help you choose the right medical practice.
  • The High-Flying Swiss Lifestyle Comes at a Price

    It may not come as a surprise for many of you, but the cost of living is anything but low in Switzerland. Indeed, the country keeps ranking as one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Our guide explains some of the general expenses you can expect to pay for when embarking on expat life in Switzerland.
  • Permission to Stay a While: Get a Swiss Residence Permit

    After 2014’s referendum calling for a curb in European immigration, Switzerland’s residence permit system has been much debated. Until implementation has been agreed, EU-27/EFTA citizens continue to enjoy free movement, while third-country nationals face strict requirements and annual quotas.

Information on the Expat Life in Lausanne

Are you looking specifically for special food stores in town or a doctor speaking your native language in Switzerland? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Lausanne provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Lausanne. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Lausanne expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Lausanne and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly Grüezi, salut, buongiorno, bainvegni among our expats living and working in Lausanne.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Lausanne? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in San Francisco or living in Cambridge!

Andrey Vasilyev

"I was able to connect with other expats in Zurich who enjoy cycling as much as I do and organize weekly rides."

Elin Gustavson

"At the first InterNations event that I attended, I met my wonderful partner. We now live together in a flat next to the Limmat."

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