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Moving to Geneva, Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 21, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Geneva, Switzerland for its high quality of life, excellent public transportation system, and vibrant cultural scene. Geneva is also known for its stunning natural beauty, with the Alps and Lake Geneva providing a picturesque backdrop to the city. Additionally, Geneva is home to a large number of international organizations, making it an attractive destination for those looking to work in the international arena. Before moving to Geneva, it is important to be aware of the high cost of living in the city. Additionally, the city is home to a large number of international organizations, so it is important to be aware of the various visa requirements for working in the city. It is also important to be aware of the language barrier, as French is the official language of Geneva. Finally, it is important to be aware of the city's strict regulations on noise and other public disturbances, as well as the city's strict laws on smoking.

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What do I need to know before moving to Geneva?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Geneva, they said:

"Geneva is a beautiful city with a lot to offer expats. It is important to be aware of the cost of living in Geneva, as it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Expats should also be aware of the language barrier, as French is the official language of Geneva. It is also important to research the visa requirements for Switzerland, as different visas are required for different lengths of stay. Additionally, expats should be aware of the cultural differences between Geneva and their home country, as this can help them adjust to their new home. Finally, expats should take the time to explore the city and get to know the local culture, as this will help them feel more at home in Geneva," remarked one expat who made the move to Geneva.

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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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