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Fribourg, Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Fribourg, Switzerland. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Fribourg?

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

"Fribourg is a bilingual city, with both French and German being widely spoken, so learning one or both languages will be beneficial. The cost of living in Fribourg is high, as it is in most of Switzerland, so it's important to budget accordingly. The city is known for its medieval architecture, including its cathedral and old town, which are popular tourist attractions. Public transportation in Fribourg is reliable and efficient, with a network of buses and trains connecting the city to the rest of Switzerland. The city is also bicycle-friendly, with many bike paths and rental services available. Switzerland has a high standard of healthcare, and health insurance is mandatory for all residents, including expats. The education system in Switzerland is highly regarded, with a range of public and private schools, as well as international schools, available for expat children. Swiss people value punctuality and respect for rules, so it's important to be on time for appointments and to follow local customs and regulations. The Swiss are also known for their love of outdoor activities, and Fribourg offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, skiing, and other sports. The job market in Fribourg is competitive, and while there are opportunities for expats, it's important to have a job lined up before moving. The city is home to the University of Fribourg, which is a major employer in the area. Swiss cuisine is diverse and delicious, with a mix of French, German, and Italian influences. Fribourg is particularly known for its cheese, and fondue is a popular local dish. Finally, it's important to note that Switzerland has a high level of safety and a low crime rate, making Fribourg a safe place to live. However, it's still important to take common-sense precautions, as you would in any city," commented one expat who made the move to Fribourg.

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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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