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Swimming on Lake Zurich in Switzerland
Swimming on Lake Zurich in Switzerland

Retire in Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Switzerland. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Switzerland?

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How do I meet people in Switzerland?

When we asked people living in Switzerland about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Neuchatel International Club, English Speaking Ladies Group, Chappel des Charmettes religious (Christian Protestant) & social activities," remarked another retiree in Neuchatel.

"North Americans will particularly enjoy linking up with the local softball league. This a great time for the athlete and non-athlete to get out in the countryside and play. You will meet all sorts of nationalities as many unexpected fans of American baseball pop up from all over the world. Contact by email or, if you work in one of the Orgs, ask around about the league. There are many teams," said a retiree who moved to Geneva, Switzerland.

"There's an Internatioanl Women's club which is quite extensive. Some members are too high brow for us (lots of very wealthy wives!) but also lots of mums and kids activities. My neighbour goes to the business forum meetings from teh same club and finds them informative - but they are really aimed at working women not SAHMs. Our relocation company had a get-together just after we arrived for people new to the area and that was very helpful - nice to meet people in the same boat! They also found some families with similar family situation (we have a disabled child) for us and that has been very good. Language lessons are good - we got a list from the agent when we arrived with some tips about each school. We went for a big class - was good to meet people but was slow. Now we have a private teacher," said another retiree in Zug.

"The best one by far is http://www.sindy.ch These guys are a huge Geneva network, mainly for expats but also for locals. Their mission in life is to 'make Geneva friendlier', and they - truly - changed my life in Geneva. They do various activities, from parties to adventure trips to chairy work - that draw many people who are into meeting others. Gives a v good and quick access to many leads," commented one retiree living in Geneva, Switzerland.

"Take the "Living in Zurich" mini course offered in October (every Friday for 6 weeks) by the American Women's Club of Zurich," explained one retiree living in Zurich.

"For younger people 25 plus... www.sindy.ch hold large parties and festivities or join the Geneva Amateur Operatic Society. Fun at Xmas with Panto and lots of friendly expats," said another retiree in living in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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