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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."

Enjoy living and working in Zurich

Are you an expat living in Zurich? You will surely come across many questions, such as ʺWhat documents does the Swiss aliens department require for a work permit?”, ʺHow does the Swiss health-care system work?ʺ, or ”What can other expats recommend for nannies and baby-sitters in town?”

Looking for all of the information that is important for living and working in Zurich can take you hours. However, by using our Zurich expat guide you can greatly simplify your relocation to Zurich. Beginning with embassies and consulates top tips about food & shopping - the guide deals with all the different facets of the expat life in Zurich.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Zurich. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in London to working in Barcelona.

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Top Articles in the Zurich Expat Guide

  • Moving to Zurich

    There are plenty of reasons for moving to Zurich! Switzerland’s largest city attracts numerous expats due to its booming economy and high quality of life. Our guide to Zurich introduces you to the Greater Zurich Area, Swiss visas and permits, as well as housing for expats.
  • Living in Zurich

    Zurich is a great place to start or continue your expat experience! With a population made up of many nationalities, the city has an international flair. Our guide to Zurich briefly introduces you to leisure, transportation, healthcare, and education in the city by the River Limmat.
  • Working in Zurich

    Working in Zurich is an attractive prospect for many expats-to-be. Maybe you are one of them? Read our guide to Zurich for an introduction to Zurich’s economy and find information on job hunting, social security, working conditions, and more.
  • 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 for the Expat Life in Zurich

Are you looking for specific information, such as special food stores in town or a doctor speaking your native language in Switzerland? On top of our expat guide, you will have access to our expat directory for Zurich, which provides you with a complete catalogue of all expat-relevant locales and relocation services in Zurich. Moreover, you also can take full advantage of our Zurich expat forum in order to look for tips and information from your fellow expatriates.

Become part of InterNations Zurich and you’ll be warmly greeted with a welcoming Grüezi, salut, buongiorno, bainvegni from our expats living and working in Zurich.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Zurich? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as working in Dubai or moving to Washington, D.C.!

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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