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Pros and Cons of Living in Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 20, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Switzerland include its high quality of life, excellent infrastructure, and low crime rate. Switzerland is also known for its stunning natural beauty, with its majestic mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and lush green valleys. Additionally, the country is renowned for its excellent healthcare system, and its citizens enjoy a high standard of living. On the other hand, the cost of living in Switzerland is quite high, and the country is known for its strict immigration policies. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for those who do not speak one of the four official languages.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Switzerland?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Switzerland responded:

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the high quality of life in Switzerland, with its excellent infrastructure, efficient public transportation, and stunning natural beauty. They also enjoy the country's low crime rate, excellent healthcare system, and strong economy. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the cost of living in Switzerland to be quite high, as well as the language barrier, which can make it difficult to integrate into the local culture. Additionally, the strict immigration laws can make it difficult for expats and digital nomads to stay in the country for extended periods of time," said one expat in living in Switzerland.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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