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Zug, Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 21, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Zug, Switzerland is 30,000. People describe Zug as a picturesque, affluent, and safe city. Expats love the high quality of life, the proximity to Zurich, and the low taxes. The weather in Zug is generally mild with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (2-24 Celsius). The average cost of living in Zug for an expat is around $3,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,500 USD per month and a two bedroom apartment is around $2,000 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Zug?

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

"Pack your bags and get on over here!!! Seriously - make sure you get a good agent to help you before you start - the help we got before we came was invaluable and she is still helping us on and off now when we have questions (Nicky at Le Concierge); talk to your kids a lot in advance so they are in on the adventure from the start and try to get them to understand that things will be different and their favorite peanut butter may not be available (tip: Gourmet Garage in Z├╝rich can be a lifesaver!); be prepared to spend a lot of energy at the beginning making new friends and getting involved - after a while you'll find one or two good friends and the effort will be worth it; above all keep an open mind, be patient with yourselves and the experience and don't worry if you have homesick days," explained one expat living in Switzerland.

"Expats considering retiring in Zug should be aware that the cost of living is high, and that the city is known for its low taxes. It is important to research the local housing market and to be aware of the language requirements for living in the area. Additionally, expats should be aware of the healthcare system in Switzerland, and the requirements for obtaining a residence permit. Finally, it is important to research the local culture and customs to ensure a smooth transition into life in Zug," said one expat 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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