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Lugano, Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 08, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Lugano, Switzerland is around 63,000 people. People describe Lugano as a vibrant city with a Mediterranean feel, surrounded by stunning mountain views. Expats love the city's relaxed atmosphere, its proximity to the Italian border, and its excellent public transportation system. The weather in Lugano is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (1-24 Celsius). The average cost of living in Lugano for an expat is around $2,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $1,500 per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Lugano?

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

"Before retiring in Lugano, expats should be aware that the cost of living is high, and that the city is home to a large number of wealthy residents. Expats should also be aware that the city is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, and that the official language is Italian. Additionally, expats should be aware that Lugano is a popular tourist destination, and that the city is known for its mild climate and stunning views of the Alps. Finally, expats should be aware that the city is home to a vibrant cultural scene, with a variety of museums, galleries, and theaters," said one expat in Lugano.

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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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