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EDITORIAL !a" Aguiar

Graduated   in   Arts   and   EducaLon   and   qualified   in   Visual   Arts,   Thais   holds   a   postgraduate   degree   in   Cinema   and   is   currently   aaending   a   Master’s   programme   in   Intercultural   RelaLons   at   UAB   –   Lisbon.   She   has   extensive   experience   in   graphic   design   and   as   a   documentary   filmmaker.   Thais   has   lived   in   Zurich   for   ten   years,   the   city   she   is   enamored  with  and  aaempts  to  unveil  through  audiovisual  mediums.    

An$éa Cocchiarale Andréa   is   an   expat   living   in   Switzerland   for   the   past   ten   years,   six   of   them  in  the  Zurich  area.  She  has  been  working  with  expats  since  2005,   first   at   the   IntegraLon   Office   in   Frauenfeld   (TG),   and   then   assisLng   execuLves   who   recently   moved   to   Zurich.   Andréa   has   a   bachelor’s   degree   in   CommunicaLon   Studies   and   a   Swiss   CerLficate   of   Advanced   Studies  in  Event  Management.    

Yvonne Lemmer Yvonne  was  born  and  raised  in  the  Canton  of  Zurich.  She  works  in  an   internaLonal  organisaLon  in  Zurich  where  she  is  in  contact  with  many   expats.  Yvonne  has  a  commercial  educaLon  and  is  studying  Business   CommunicaLons  alongside  her  job.  She  makes  the  Swiss  part  of  the   New  Town  –  Zurich  publishers’  team.    

NEW  TOWN  PUBLICATION  #  1  -­‐  ZURICH       EDITORS     Andréa  Cocchiarale  and  Yvonne  Lemmer       ART  DIRECTOR     Thais  Aguiar     PHOTOGRAPHY     Thais  Aguiar  and    Andréa  Cocchiarale       WEB  EDITORS     Thais  Aguiar  and  Andréa  Cocchiarale     PROJECT  MANAGEMENT     Andréa  Cocchiarale       CONTACT     Published   in   December   2012   by   Thais   Aguiar,   Andréa  Cocchiarale  and  Yvonne  Lemmer       MANY  THANKS     We   would   like   to   express   our   gratefulness   and   thanks   to   the   proof-­‐readers   of   the   content   of   New   Town   Magazine   that   helped   us   with   their   knowledge   as   naLve   English   speakers   to   make   the   content   easy   to   understand   and   enjoyable   to  read.     LEGAL  NOTICE   The   contents   and   informaLon   given   in   this   publicaLon   as   well   as   on   our   Internet   website   are   of   a   purely   informaLve   nature.   Although   we   take   great   care   to   ensure   that   the   informaLon   we  provide  is  correct,  we  cannot  guarantee  the   accuracy,   reliability   or   completeness   of   our   data.   The   contents   of   this   publicaLon   may   be   changed   without   prior   noLce.   We   assume   no   liability   for   the   contents   of,   or   for   the   services   offered   on     the   Internet   sites   listed.   Use   of   these  sites  is  at  the  user’s  own  risk.    


Zurich, your New Town     The   first   publicaLon   of   New   Town   Magazine   is   a   must-­‐read   for   anyone   considering   moving   to   Zurich   as   well   as   for  expats  who  have  recently  moved  here.       We  know  that  from  the  moment  you  take  the  decision  unLl  the  day  of  your  relocaLon  to  a  foreign  country,  you   experience  various  hurdles  and  you  certainly  must  leave  your  comfort  zone.  It  can  be  challenging  to  set  up  a   new  life  in  another  country,  learn  a  foreign  language  and  become  familiar  with  a  new  culture.         New  Town  Zurich  provides  you  with  the  most  important  informaLon  you  will  need  to  know  in  your  first  months   in  Zurich.  You  will  find  advice  and  informaLon  about  housing,  health  insurance,  transportaLon  and  where  to   learn  German,  to  name  but  a  few.     We  wish  you  a  good  read  of  the  first  ediLon  of  New  Town  Magazine  and  a  warm  welcome  to  Zurich.         New  Town  Zurich  team  





Hoi – Welcome to Swi%erland

LINKS   Landesmuseum     Zurich   Guided  tours   Switzerland’s     geography   Switzerland     tourism   Swiss  Federal     Railways  

We  could  start  by  talking  about  Switzerland’s  neutrality,  federalism  and  mulLlingualism,  the   Alps,   Swiss   watches   or   cheese   –   keywords   associated   with   Switzerland   –   or   inform   you   about   Switzerland’s   geography,   history   and   climate,   but   assuming   that   you   will   have   received   a   Lonely   Planet   or   another   guidebook   containing   loads   of   informaLon   about   Europe’s   landlocked   island   before   coming   to   Switzerland,   we   will   lead   you   straight   to   the   most  important  things  you  need  to  know  about  life  in  Switzerland.       History,  geography,  weather,  government,  elecMons,  etc.       History     To  learn  about  Switzerland’s  history,  we  recommend  visiLng  the  NaLonal  Museum  in  Zurich   (Landesmuseum),   which   is   located   right   next   to   the   main   staLon.   Take   a   look   around   the   permanent  exhibiLon  on  Swiss  history  on  your  own  or  join  the  guided  tour  in  English  that   takes  place  every  Tuesday  from  11  a.m.  to  12  p.m.  A  visit  will  give  you  a  good  insight  into   the   country’s   history   and   if   aferwards   you   want   to   know   more,   you   can   ask   the   tour   guide   to  recommend  some  interesLng  books  that  you  can  get  from  a  bookshop  or  library.       Depending   on   which   country   you   are   from,   you   might   be   quite   shocked   to   read   that   Switzerland  only  introduced  women’s  suffrage  in  1971…     Geography     Switzerland   is   divided   into   26   cantons,   one   of   which   is   the   canton   of   Zurich,   abbreviated   to   ZH.  Swiss  people  are  very  conscious  of  the  canton  they  live  in.  Inhabitants  of  the  canton  of   Zurich,  for  example,  make  jokes  about  people  from  the  canton  of  Aargau,  saying  that  they   cannot  drive  properly  or  that  people  from  Berne  are  very  slow  in  general.  There  is  a  certain   rivalry   between   the   cantons,   which   comes   to   light   especially   in   sports,   for   example   in   football  and  ice  hockey.       Swiss  people  also  ofen  refer  to  the  three  different  regions  that  make  up  the  country:         ü Deutschschweiz,  the  German-­‐speaking  part  of  Switzerland  which  is  the  biggest  part,     ü Westschweiz,   Welschland   or   Romandie,   the   French-­‐speaking   part   in   the   West,   close   to   France,  and     ü Thirdly,   the   Tessin   (Ticino),   which   is   the   Southern   part   close   to   Italy   in   which   Italian   is   spoken.     For   more   informaLon   about   Switzerland’s   geography,   visit   the   official   website   of   Switzerland  tourism.            

An  ideal  hub  for  travel  within  Europe       Switzerland   is   very   centrally   located   and   most  European  capitals  and  major  ciLes  are   within  easy  reach  for  weekend  trips  by  train   or   plane.   Train   travel   from   Switzerland   is   very   comfortable.   The   TGV   train,   for   example,   takes   you   from   Zurich   to   Paris   in   about  four  hours.  Milan  can  be  reached  for   a  shopping  weekend  in  less  than  four  hours   by   train,   and   the   good   news   is   that   the   shops   there   are   open   on   Sundays.   You   can   read   more   about   train   trips   to   European   c i L e s   o n   t h e   S w i s s   F e d e r a l   Railways’  (abbreviaLon  SBB)  website.         Switzerland   has   three   main   (and   some   smaller)  airports:  Zurich,  Basel  and  Geneva.   If  you  do  not  manage  to  find  a  cheap  flight   from  Zurich,  check  out  the  flights  from  Basel   or   Geneva.   You   can   easily   reach   these   two   airports  from  Zurich  by  train.       Weather       Be   aware   that   Swiss   people   always   check   the   weather   forecast   before   they   leave   the   house.   Like   in   England,   the   weather   is   one   of   the   most   popular   topics   of   conversaLon   in   Switzerland.   Swiss   weather   is   un-­‐ predictable.   We   do   get   cold   and   snowy   winters,  blooming  springs  and  hot  summers   at  Lmes,  but  you  can  never  really  tell  what   the  weather  will  be  like  next  week.        

One   piece   of   advice   we   can   give   expats   is   to   bring  warm  clothes  and  good  shoes  for  hard   winters.   All   Swiss   people   have   good   winter   boots   at   home   and   you   can   be   sure   you   will   use  them  more  ofen  than  you  might  like.       The   most   reliable   source   for   weather   forecasts   is   the   website   of   the   Federal   Office  of  Meteorology  and  Climatology.       Ofen,   the   weather   in   the   northern   part   of   Switzerland  differs  from  the  weather  in  the   southern   part.   If   the   forecast   predicts   a   rainy   weekend   in   Zurich,   it   might   be   worthwhile   considering   a   trip   to   the   Ticino   where  it  can  be  warm  and  sunny  already.     Government,  ElecMons   Federal  Office  of       Meteorology  and   This   is   a   tough   chapter.   Even   for   Swiss   Climatology   people,   it’s   not   easy   to   explain   the   Swiss   g o v e r n m e n t ’ s   s e t -­‐ u p   a n d   e l e c L o n   procedure  in  just  a  few  sentences.     PoliLcal       organisaLon  of   For   a   brief   yet   clear   insight   into   the   Swiss   Switzerland   authoriLes   and   poliLcal   insLtuLons,   we   recommend   reading   the   brochure   “The   Parliament   Swiss  ConfederaLon  –  a  brief  guide”,  which   can  be  downloaded  here.     The  Federal       Council   Further   informaLon   can   be   found   on   the   website   of   the   Federal   AuthoriLes   of   the   The  Federal   Swiss  ConfederaLon.   AdministraLon      




SWITZERLAND’S  LARGEST  CITY   You  have  chosen  Zurich  as  your  new  place  to  live   and  work  –  certainly  a  good  choice!  And  you  are   not   the   only   one   who   has   migrated   to   Switzerland’s   largest   city.   Zurich   is   an   internaLonal   city   with   more   than   30%   of   its   inhabitants  having  non-­‐Swiss  passports.       With   a   populaLon   of   over   380,000,   Zurich   is   Switzerland’s   biggest   city.   More   facts   and   figures   and   other   useful   informaLon   about   the   city   can   be  found  on  the  homepage  of  the  City  of  Zurich.          

The   city   is   divided   into   12   districts   or   zones   and   they   are   called   “Kreise”   in   German.   The   most   central   is   Kreis   no.   1,   which   is   the   area   around   main  staLon  and  includes  basically  the  enLre  old   town.   You   will   need   to   know   the   Kreis   numbers   when  looking  for  an  apartment  and  when  moving   in.   You   will   have   to   register   at   the   Kreisbüro   where  your  flat  is  based.         The   next   chapters   of   this   magazine   will   go   into   detail   about   life   in   Zurich   and   what   you   need   to   know  to  survive  and  enjoy  living  here.  

LINKS   IntegraLon  and  internaLonal   networks  in  Zurich  


AuthoriMes  in  Zurich       The  most  important  authoriLes  an  expat   moving  to  Zurich  needs  to  know  are  the   following:       Federal  Office  for  MigraLon  for  general   informaLon   Quellenweg  6   3003  Bern-­‐Wabern     Cantonal  ImmigraLon  Office  /  MigraLonsamt   des  Kantons  Zürich  for  residence  permits     Berninastrasse  45   Posvach   8090  Zürich   Phone:  043  259  88  00   Fax:  043  259  88  10     Office  for  Economy  and  Labour  (AWA)  in   Zurich  for  work  permits     Walchestrasse  19   P.O.  Box   8090  Zurich     Phone:  043  259  49  92   Fax:  043  259  51  71     Kreisbüro  /  District  Offices  in  Zurich  for   RegistraMon     Within   14   days   of   your   arrival   in   Zurich,   you   have   to   register   at   the   district   office   (called   Kreisbüro  in  German)  in  the  area  where  your   apartment  is  located,  or  –  if  you  live  outside   the   city   –   at   the   local   residents’   registraLon   office  (called  Einwohnerkontrolle  in  German)   of   the   village   or   town   you   live   in.   Bring   your   passport   or   ID   card,   a   passport   photo   and   a   foreigner’s  idenLty  card  if  available.         There   are   12   different   Kreisbüros,   each   of   them   being   responsible   for   its   own   area   in   the   city   (or   Stadtkreis   in   German).   You   can   find  the  addresses  of  district  offices  1  to  12  at   the  link  on  the  next  page.    


A smoo& transition and se'ling in Zu(ch

    Swiss  residence  permits       Moving   to   a   new   country   is   a   very   exciLng   experience,   and   it   is   important   to   know   the   country’s   regulaLons   and   types   of   resident   permit.   All   expats   living   in   Switzerland   must   hold  a  permit,  issued  by  the  MigraLon  Office   of  the  canton  where  they  will  be  working  and   living.   There   are   different   permits   for   EU/ EFTA   naLonals   and   ciLzens   from   other   countries.   We   have   listed   below   all   five   types   of  residence  permit:     ü B:  annual  permit     ü C:  permanent  permit   ü Ci:  residence  permit  with  gainful         employment   ü G:  cross-­‐border  commuter  permit   ü L:  short-­‐term  residence  permit     To  find  out  more  about  the  different   residence  permits,  please  select  the  EU/EFTA   or  Non-­‐EU/EFTA  naLonals  links  below.  

LINKS   ü  Federal  Office  for  MigraLon   ü  Cantonal  ImmigraLon  Office  for  residence  permits   ü  Office  for  Economy  andLabour  (AWA)   ü  Zurich  district    map   ü  District    offices  1  to  12   ü  Federal  Department  of  Foreign  Affairs   ü  EU/EFTA  naLonals   ü  Non-­‐EU/EFTA  naLonals  


Withholding  tax  for  expats         Taxes   –   not   a   beloved   chapter,   we   know...   Hence,  we  will  keep  it  short  and  to  the  point  and   guide   you   to   the   most   important   informaLon   you  need  to  know  about  taxaLon  in  Switzerland.       Expats   normally   pay   the   so-­‐called   withholding   tax   or   tax   at   source,   or   “Quellensteuer”   in   German.   This   means   that   the   fiscal   amount   is   deducted   from   your   salary   and   paid   directly   by   your   employer   to   the   tax   authoriLes   once   a   month.   Your   employer   is   obliged   to   calculate   and   pay   your   tax.   The   withholding   tax   is   calculated   based   on   your   gross   earnings.   Different   tariffs   apply   –   if   you   are   single,   it   is   tariff  A  that  is  relevant.         All  you  need  to  know  about  the  withholding  tax   (Quellensteuer)   is   summarised   in   a   very   useful   informaLon   sheet   produced   by   the   tax   authoriLes   of   the   Canton   of   Zürich.   The   informaLon   sheet   is   available   in   English,   German,   French,   Italian,   Spanish   and   Portuguese.         If   in   addiLon   to   that   you   have   quesLons   about   the  withholding  tax,  you  can  send  an  enquiry  to   the   tax   office   by   filling   in   the   contact   form   on   their  website.       Kantonales  Steueramt  Zürich   Bändliweg  21   Posvach   8090  Zürich   Phone:  043  259  40  50   Fax:  043  259  61  94  


How  to  open  a  bank  account  in  Switzerland     Once   you   receive   your   residence   permit   and   e m p l o y m e n t   c o n t r a c t   ( s o m e L m e s   a   confirmaLon   leaer   from   your   employer   is   enough),   you   can   open   a   bank   account   in   Switzerland.   But   you   might   be   thinking:   where   should  I  open  a  bank  account?         Without   a   doubt,   Switzerland   is   the   land   of   banks,   so,   as   you   can   imagine,   there   is   no   shortage   of   financial   insLtuLons   in   Zurich.   However,   before   choosing   the   first   bank   you   come   across,   try   to   find   out   what   other   banks   have  to  offer  you.     Click   here   to   see   a   directory   of   Swiss   banks   in   Switzerland.    


Tax  authoriLes  of  the   Canton  of  Zurich   Office  for     Economy  and     Labour  (AWA)  


Basic,  supplementary  or  compulsory     health  insurance    

Health   insurance   is   compulsory   in   Switzerland.     Make   sure   you   sign   up   for   compulsory   health   insurance   within  three  months  of  your  arrival  in  Switzerland!     You   will   find   a   good   overview   of   all   the   benefits   of   basic    health  insurance  on  Comparis  .       For  the    compulsory  insurance,  you  can  choose  a  so-­‐ called   “franchise”   (excess   or   deducLble),   which   is   the   maximum   amount   you   have   to   pay   yourself   for   medical   care,   doctor’s   visits,   etc.   The   franchises   available  are  CHF  300,  CHF  500,  CHF  1.000,     CHF  1.500,  CHF  2000  and  CHF  2.500.              

As  a  general  rule,  the  higher  your  franchise,  the  lower   your  monthly  insurance  premium.  For  healthy,  strong   young   people   who   do   not   have   to   see   a   doctor   regularly,  it  definitely  makes  sense  to  have  as  high  a   franchise  as  possible.  However,  if  you  do  get  sick,  be   aware   that   you   have   to   pay   the   doctor’s   bills   out   of   your   own   pocket   up   to   the   franchise   amount   you   have  chosen,  so  you  should  always  have  some  money   set  aside  just  in  case.       The   policyholder’s   age   and   place   of   residence,   the   insurance  company  and  the  level  of  the  franchise  all   influence  your  insurance  premium.           13    

INSURANCE Various   insurance   companies   offer   health   insurance.   Prices   vary   from   provider   to   provider   and   premiums   are   usually   increased   once   a   year.   If   your   insurance   company   raises   your   premium,   they   will   inform   you   in   wriLng   in   October   of   the   new   premium   for   the   next   year.   If   you   then   decide   to   go   to   a   different   insurance   provider,   check   the   noLce   period   menLoned  on  the  leaer  from  your  current  insurance   company.       From   a   financial   point   of   view,   it   makes   sense   to   compare   prices   every   year   and   then   choose   the   cheapest   health   insurance.   You   can   compare   insurance  premiums  on  Comparis.     Supplementary  health  insurance       Supplementary  health  insurance  on  top  of  your  basic   insurance  is  opLonal.         Most   Swiss   people   take   out   supplementary   health   insurance   to   cover   health   services   that   are   not   included  in  the  basic  health  insurance,  such  as:       ü AlternaLve  medicine   ü Massage   ü Dental  treatment   ü Discounts   on   gym   membership,   yoga   lessons,   pilates,  or  other  services  that  help  you  relax   ü Glasses/contact  lenses   ü Private  or  semi-­‐private  hospital  rooms   ü Psychotherapy  (without  medicaLon)   If   you   decide   to   change   your   supplementary   health   insurance,  make  sure  you  have  confirmaLon  from  the   new   insurance   company   that   they   have   accepted   you.  Whereas  basic  health  insurance  providers  do  not   carry   out   a   check   on   new   policyholders,   supplementary   health   insurance   providers   someLmes   thoroughly   check   your   medical   history   and  lifestyle  (e.g.  smoker  or  non-­‐smoker).    

  Accident  insurance       Accidents  –  whether  they  happen  at  work  or  outside   work   –   are   covered   by   the   accident   insurance,   which   is   paid   by   your   employer   if   you   are   employed.   If   you   are   unemployed,   you   have   to   add   accident   insurance   to   your   basic   health   insurance.       If  you  get  injured  at  work  or  in  your  free  Lme,  make   sure  you  immediately  report  it  to  your  employer.   Your   employer   will   then   report   your   accident   to   the   accident   insurance   company,   which   will   pay   compensaLon   for   your   Lme   off   work   and   other   costs  related  to  your  injury  (doctor’s  visits,  x-­‐rays,   etc.).       AddiMonal  insurances     Private  liability  insurance   It   is   recommended   to   take   out   private   liability   insurance   in   order   to   be   covered   for   damages   caused  by  you  or  one  of  your  family  members  to   other  persons  or  items.         Insurance   providers   usually   offer   packages   that   combine  different  types  of  insurances.  A  common   package,   for   example,   is   the   combinaLon   of   the   private   liability   insurance   and   the   household   insurance.  Packages  usually  have  a  posiLve  effect   on  the  insurance  prices/premiums.       Household  insurance   Most  Swiss  people  also  take  out  an  insurance  on  their   household   effects   in   order   to   be   covered   for   damages  at  home  that  are  caused  by  fire,  water  or   thef,  for  example.         Car  insurance   Should  you  be  bringing  your  car  to  Switzerland  or   consider  buying  one  here,  check  out  the  Comparis   car  insurance  comparison  at  the  link  on  the  lef:       Insurance  offers  can  be  compared  on  Comparis.  


Emergencies     In   case   of   emergency,   dial   the   emergency   number  144  for  an  ambulance.       How  to  find  a  doctor       Finding  a  doctor  who  suits  you  can  take  a  while.   Many   Swiss   people   have   a   family   doctor   (“Hausarzt”)   to   whom   they   go   first   no   maaer   what  illness  they  have.  In  most  cases,  this  doctor   can  help  them,  and  if  not  he  then  refers  them  to   a   specialist.   Many   doctors   do   not   accept   new   paLents  because  their  pracLce  is  full,  but  if  they   refuse   to   take   you   on   as   a   paLent,   they   might   provide  you  with  the  name  of  another  doctor.         The   best   way   to   find   a   good   doctor   is   to   ask   friends   or   colleagues   if   they   can   recommend   anyone.   You   may   also   ask   your   employer   if   they   can  help  you  find  a  doctor.       If  you  do  not  want  to  have  a  family  doctor  and  do   not   mind   going   to   a   different   doctor   every   Lme   you  need  medical  care,  you  can  make  use  of  the   medical  service  centres  that  always  take  on  new   paLents.    

Clinics/hospitals       University  Hospital  Zurich  (“Unispital”)   The   hospital   is   based   in   the   university   area   of   Zurich  and  is  easily  reached  by  tram  no.  6  or  9.   All   medical   divisions   are   explained   on   the   hospital’s   website.     Phone:   044   255   11   11   and   phone  for  internaLonal  paLents:  044  255  54  54.     Permanence  Hauptbahnhof   The   Permanence   is   a   private   medical   centre   at   Zurich   main   staLon.   Anybody   can   go   there   without  an  appointment.  You  will  get  a  Lcket  on   arrival   and   usually   you   have   to   wait   quite   a   while  to  see  a  doctor.  However,  due  to  its  great   locaLon  in  the  city  centre  and  the  advantage  of   not   having   to   make   an   appointment,   the   Permanence   is   well   worth   menLoning   here.   Phone:  044  215  44  44.     Ärztezentrum  Sihlcity     There   is   another   clinic   that   offers   convenient   medical   care   at   the   Sihlcity   shopping   centre.   Sihlcity  is  easily  reached  by  public  transport,  i.e.   tram  no.  5  and  13  or  the  Sihltalbahn  S4.  Phone:   044  508  00  10.    




Family life and all &at comes wi& it… BabysiZers  and  au  pairs     Looking   for   a   babysiaer   to   take   care   of   your   children  for  a  few  hours  or  full-­‐Lme?  There   are  plenty  of  agencies  in  Zurich  that  provide   English-­‐speaking  nannies  for  expat  families.   The  minimum  wage  for  a  nanny  in  Zurich  is   CHF   15/hour   for   a   student   and   CHF   40/hour     for  a  professional.     Many   families   that   require   more   regular   support  prefer  to  hire  an  au  pair.  However,   before   choosing   this   opLon,   keep   in   mind   that  au  pairs  need  a  residence  permit  to  live   and   work   in   Switzerland   and,   therefore,   it   is   recommended   that   you   contact   an   agency   that   can   help   you   with   the   Swiss   employment  regulaLons.     Nanny  and     EU   ciLzens   can   work   as   au   pairs   for   a   day  care  services   maximum  of  two  years  and  ciLzens  of  other   countries   for   a   maximum   of   one   year.   The   family   needs   to   provide   a   room,   all   meals   and   approximately   30   hours   of   work   a   week   and   the   au   pair   has   at   least   one   day   off   every   week.   The   au   pair   must   also   aaend   German   classes   for   a   minimum   of   three   hours  per  week  and  the  family  is  obliged  to   pay  for  the  course.       Find   on   the   lef   side   of   this   page   a   list   of   nanny   agencies   in   Switzerland.   Please   keep   in   mind   that   New   Town  does   not   have   any   experience   in   contracLng   a   babysizng   service   with   any   of   the   listed   agencies   and   therefore  cannot  make  any   recommendaLon.                    


Kinderkrippe  /day  care     Day   care   provides   kids   with   an   opportunity   to   develop   their   social   skills   because   they   spend   the   day   interacLng   with   other   children.   If   you   believe   that   this   is   the   best   soluLon   for   your   family,   you   will   certainly   find  many  day  care  centres  in  Zurich  and  its   surroundings.       Day  care  centres  are  usually  open  from  7:00   am  to  6:00  pm  (some  of  them  close  at  6:30   pm)   and   the   daily   fee   includes   three   meals   (breakfast,  lunch  and  afernoon  snack).  Fees   vary  from  CHF  90  to  CHF  120  per  day.     Dogs:  Courses  and  cantonal  taxes     If   you   are   planning   to   have   a   dog   in   Switzerland,   you   need   to   know   some   basic   rules:       1.   First-­‐Lme   dog   owners   have   to   aaend   a   four-­‐hour   theory   course   that   covers   the   dog’s   needs,   how   to   deal   with   a   dog   and   everything  involved  in  owning  a  dog.     2.   A   training   course   is   also   a   requirement   when   obtaining   a   new   dog   and   this   also   applies   to   people   who   have   owned   a   dog   before.  This  course  teaches  the  owner  how   to   lead   a   dog,   train   it   to   recognise   dangerous   situaLons   and   what   to   do   if   the   dog  develops  problemaLc  behaviour.    


3.   Every   dog   in   Switzerland   must   be   registered   by   a   vet   in   the   Animal   IdenLty   Service   (ANIS)   database   and   taaooed   or   fiaed  with  a  microchip.     4.   An   annual   dog   tax   is   mandatory   and   its   amount   depends   on   the   size   and   weight   of   the   animal.   Contact   your   commune   for   more  informaLon  about  dog  taxes.       5.   If   you   are   planning   to   travel   with   your   dog,   make   sure   you   have   a   Swiss   pet   passport  issued  for  the  animal.            

Housekeeping       When   hiring   a   housekeeper   in   Switzerland,   it   is   important   to   keep   in   mind   that   in   addiLon   to   the   hourly   wage,   the   cleaner   is   also  enLtled  to  social  security  contribuLons   and  accident    insurance,  which  costs  around   CHF   100   per   year.   The   minimum   wage   for   Insurance  for   cleaners   is   CHF   25/hour   and   the   employee   housekeepers   is   enLtled   to   at   least   four   weeks   of   paid   Payment  slip   vacaLon    per  year.   sample     Check  the  links  on  the  right  side  of  the  page   Employee   for   further   informaLon   about   hiring   a   registraLon     housekeeper.   form            




My home " my ca+le…

How  to  find  a  flat       We   don’t   want   to   scare   you   off   straight   away,   but   finding   a   nice   and   affordable   apartment   in   the   city   of   Zurich   can   be   as   difficult   as   finding   a   needle   in   a   haystack.   Zurich   has   become   a   very   expensive   place   to  live  over  the  last  few  years  and  it  seems   that   there   are   not   enough   apartments   for   the   increasing   size   of   Zurich’s   populaLon.   The   areas   around   the   lake,   the   city   centre/   old   town   and   the   Zürichberg   area   in   parLcular  are  ofen  out  of  reach  for  people   on  normal  salaries.         A   two-­‐bedroom   flat   of   about   60   m2   in   a   central  locaLon,  for  example,  can  easily  cost   CHF   2,000   in   Zurich.   If   you   don’t   mind   sharing   a   flat,   you   might   be   beaer   off   money-­‐wise   if   you   look   for   a   flat-­‐share   opportunity.   The   Swiss   refer   to   a   flat   share   as   a   WG,   which   is   an   abbreviaLon   of   the   G e r m a n   w o r d   f o r   fl a t   s h a r e   Wohngemeinschaf.       The  best  way  to  find  a  flat  is  to  take  it  over   from   a   friend,   an   acquaintance   or   a   work   colleague   who   is   moving   out.   So   if   your   employer   has   a   pin   board   where   you   can   post   an   “I’m   looking   for   a   flat”   noLce,   make   use  of  it.       Otherwise,   you   can   start   looking   for   a   flat   on   a   real   estate   plavorm,   such   as   Homegate,   Alle-­‐   or   Choose  the  district  (Kreis)  where  you  want                            

to  live,  the  minimum  number  of    rooms    and   the  maximum  rent  you  are  prepared  to  pay.   Usually,   the   adverts   menLon   the   viewing   dates  for  the  apartments.       When   going   to   a   viewing,   make   sure   to   be   there   early   and   try   to   make   a   good   impression   on   the   tenant.   Ask   for   the   applicaLon   form   and   find   out   what   other   documents   the   landlord   expects   to   receive   from  applicants.         If   you   like   the   apartment,   fill   in   the   form   immediately  and  send  it  off  to  the  landlord   or   the   real   estate   agency   in   charge   of   the   building.   At   the   same   Lme   inform   your   employer   that   you   have   applied   for   an   apartment.   Some   employers   then   issue   a   recommendaLon   leaer   to   the   real   estate   agency  to  help  you  get  the  apartment.         Also  check  out  Ron  Orp’s  “A  roof  over  your   head”   secLon.   Ron   Orp   is   a   website   that   provides   informaLon   about   various   ciLes,   including   Zurich.   You   will   find   useful   informaLon   about   going   out,   finding   a   flat,   finding  friends  and  cultural  acLviLes  on  this   website.  You  may  also  want  to  subscribe  to   Ron  Orp’s  newsleaer.       If   you   have   a   well-­‐paid   job   and   are   too   busy   to   search   online   for   a   flat   and   go   to   viewings,   you   may   want   to   engage   an   agency  to  help  you  find  a  place.            


Shopping       for  furniture       When  living  in  Zurich,  the  best  place  to  go  furniture   shopping   is   Dübendorf,   a   town   about   10km   from   Zurich.  Hire  a  car  or  take  the  train/bus  to  Dübendorf   (bus  stop  Hochbord)  to  go  there.       In   Dübendorf,   you   can   find     INTERIO   (modern,   fashionable   interior   pieces),   KARE   (fashionable,   cheap),   Micasa   (good   prices   and   good   quality),   Möbel   Pfister   (good   quality,   not   as   expensive   as   it   seems   at   first   sight),   Mobitare   (high-­‐end   products,   beauLful   pieces   but   expensive),   Tip   Top   (cheap   furniture)   and   Lumimart     (lamps   and   lamp   shades   only).   And   in   Dietlikon,   which   is   not   far   from   Dübendorf,  you  will  find  FLY  (young,  fashionable  and   cheap)   and   IKEA,   which   has   ideal   opening   hours   from  Monday  to  Saturday  unLl    9  p.m.       Taking  out  a  mobile  phone  contract     You   need   to   present   your   residence   permit   or   passport   to   sign   up   to   a   mobile   phone   contract.   Foreign   naLonals   holding   a   B,   C,   L   or   G   permit   can   take   out   a   monthly   contract,   but   some   excepLons   might   apply   to   L   and   G   permits.   Holders   of   other   types   of   permit   will   only   be   able   to   request   a   prepaid  contract.     The   contract   will   specify   when   you   can   cancel   the   subscripLon.   Make   sure   you   check   this   informaLon   before   considering   switching   to   another   provider.   When   changing   operators,   you   can   request   the   transfer  of  your  current  mobile  number  to  the  new   supplier.     Mobile   providers:   Swisscom,   Orange,   Sunrise,   Coop   Mobile   powered   by   Orange,   M-­‐Budget   Mobile,   Yallo   and  Lebara.     Billag  –  Swiss  TV  and  Radio  licence  in  Switzerland           If  you  have  a  TV,  a  radio  (even  if  it  is  in  your  car),  a   mobile   phone   on   which   you   can   watch   TV   or   listen   to  radio,  or  a  tablet  or  computer  on  which  you  can   watch   programmes   on   the   internet,   you   have   to   pay   a   monthly   licence   fee   for   the   service.   The   licence   fees   are   CHF   14.10   per   month   for   radio   and   CHF   24.45   for   television,   and   you   will   be   invoiced   annually  by  Billag.  



Ge'ing ar,nd Zu(ch Swiss   people   are   very   fond   of   their   extensive   railway   network.   The   Swiss   Federal   Railway   (SBB)   website  is  one  of  the  most  visited  websites  and  is   extremely   useful   when   planning   a   journey,   whether   it’s   a   trip   within   the   city   of   Zurich   by   tram   or   bus   or   a   longer   journey   to   the   Ticino.     You   can   also   download   the   SBB   App   free   of   charge  for  your  mobile  phone.       Public  transport    in    Zurich       The   tram   is   the   easiest   way   to   get   around   Zurich.     Trams   2   –   17   bring   you   to   different   spots   in   the   city.   The   tram   routes   are   explained   on   the   ZVV   website   (Zürcher   Verkehrs   Verbund).   ZVV   is   in   charge   of   public   transport   within   the   canton   of   Zurich.   There   is   also   a   free   ZVV   App   free   of   charge  for  your  mobile  phone.       Swiss  Federal   Again,  you  can  plan  your  journey  within  Zurich  by   Railway  (SBB)   using  either  the  SBB  Lmetable  or  the  one  on  the   ZVV  website,  whatever  suits  you  best.     SBB  App       Tickets  cover  transportaLon  by  tram,  train,  bus   Zürcher     and  boat  (Limmatschiff  and  Zürichseeschifffahrt).   Verkehrs       Verbund     (ZVV)  


ZVV  App  

Ge_ng    a  travel  pass       You   can   buy   a   Lcket   from   the   Lcket   machines   that  you  will  find  at  bigger  tram  stops  or  at  the   staLon.   It   is   not   possible   to   buy   a   Lcket   on   the   tram  so  make  sure  you  have  a  valid  Lcket  before   gezng  on.       If   you   are   thinking   of   using   public   transport   regularly,  you  can  buy  a  pass  at  the  SBB  counter   at  main  staLon,  Stadelhofen  or  any  of  the  other   bigger   train   staLons.   There   are   different   passes   available   and   the   SBB   staff   will   explain   all   the   opLons   (Zurich   city   only,   the   whole   canton   of   Zurich,  all  Switzerland,  etc.).       Check   with   your   employer   first   if   they   contribute  to  your  public  transport  pass  –  many   big  companies  in  Zurich  do.       For  train  travel  outside  the  city  or  the  canton  of   Zurich,   it   is   advisable   to   get   a   half-­‐price   pass   (Halbtaxabo),   which   costs   CHF   165/year   and   allows   you   to   travel   throughout   Switzerland   for   half   the   regular   price.   If   you   travel   twice   a   year   to  the  Ticino,  for  example,  you  will  already  have   got  your  money’s  worth  from  the  half-­‐price  pass.                


Mobility       “Car   sharing   is   the   clever   way   to   be   mobile”   according   to   Swiss   car-­‐sharing   company   Mobility.   You   have   access   to   2,600   cars   all   over   the   country   if   you   sign   up   for   Mobility   membership.         Most   of   the   cars   are   located   in   central   spots   like   train   staLons.   The   rental   fee   depends   on   the   model   of   the   car   (the   beaer   and   bigger   the   car,   the   more   expensive),   the   duraLon   of   the   rental   and   the   distance   you   drive.   You   are   billed   afer   the   rental,   and   you   get   an   invoice   from   Mobility   once   a   month   if   you   have   used   the   service.   However,   you   can   also   calculate   the   approximate   cost   of   a   rental   on   their   website  before  making  a  reservaLon.  Fuel,  car   service   costs   and   insurance   are   all   included   in   the  price.         If  you  don’t  need  a  car  regularly,  Mobility  is  an   ideal   way   of   having   access   to   a   car   without   having   to   bother   about   car   insurance,   parking   and  fuel.         You   can   get   a   four-­‐month   trial   subscripLon   to   find  out  if  Mobility  is  worthwhile  for  you.     Buying  a  bike       Gezng   around   by   bike   in   Zurich   is   very   convenient.   Just   beware   of   the   trams   and   tram   tracks!         You   can   buy   a   cheap   second-­‐hand   bike   at   one   of  the  bike  markets  (called  “Velobörse”),  which   usually  take  place  in  spring  and  summer.  Check   out  the  Pro  Velo  Zürich  website  for  dates.         If   you   want   to   buy   a   brand   new   bike,   have   a   look   online   by   searching   for   bike   shops   in   and   around  Zurich.  There  are  plenty  of  small  bicycle   shops  that  sell  all  kinds  of  bikes.         Bigger   sports   stores   also   sell   bicycles   at   good   prices.           LINKS:   Pro  Velo  Zürich           24    


Stays   informed about What’ going on at home Subscribing  to  magazines  from  home     Nowadays   it’s   very   easy   to   have   access   to   media   from   home   on   the   internet.   However,   a   lot   of   people   sLll   like   to   buy   magazines   from   their   home   countries   to   keep   up   to   date   with   the   latest   news   on   a   range   of   topics.   If   this   is   the   case   for   you,   you  have  three  opLons  in  Zurich:     Kiosk:   Most   of   the   big   Kiosks   in   Zurich   sell   internaLonal  magazines  in  German,  French,   English,   Italian   and   Spanish,   but   the   price   for  a  single  copy  is  usually  very  high.     InternaMonal   subscripMons:   Check   the   publisher’s   website   —   some   of   them   offer   v e r y   g o o d   d e a l s   o n   i n t e r n a L o n a l   subscripLons.   Hearst   Magazines   is   one   of   t h e   p u b l i s h e r s   t h a t   o ff e r   a n n u a l   subscripLons   to   American   magazines   delivered   in   Switzerland   with   excellent   discounts.   You   can   pay   by   credit   card   and   the   magazines   arrive   every   month   without   any   problems.   It’s   much   cheaper   to   subscribe  to  one  of  their  magazines  than  to   buy  them  at  the  kiosk  .     You   can   also   check   for   internaLonal   magazine  subscripLons  at       Apps:   Many   internaLonal   magazines   offer   free  apps  for  androids  and  iPads.  Once  you   download  the  applicaLon,  you  will  have  the   opLon   to   buy   individual   issues   or   take   out   a   subscripLon.      

InternaMonal  TV  channels     Most  of  the  channels  in  the  German  part  of   Switzerland   are   in   German,   but   a   large   number   of   internaLonal   channels   are   available  through  digital  television  services.   Several   cable   operators   offer   internaLonal   TV  channels,  internet  and  telephony.  To  find   out   your   cable   network,   you   just   need   to   visit  the  website  and  enter  your  address:         The  most  popular  TV  subscripLons  are  with   the  following  companies:     UPC   cablecom:   This   is   the   largest   cable   network  operator  in  Switzerland.  They  offer   analog  and  digital  television  as  well  as  radio,   internet  and  telephony  via  cable.  There  is  a   big   range   of   channels   in   English   and   the   opLon   to   add   other   channels   in   several   languages   (Italian,   Portuguese,   Spanish,   Turkish,  etc.).  Upc  cablecom  also  offers  films   on   demand.   Before   subscribing   to   upc   cablecom,   you   need   to   check   on   their   website   whether   their   services   are   available   at  your  specific  locaLon.     Swisscom  TV:  Swisscom  TV  offers  digital  TV   as   well   as   internet   and   fixed   and   mobile   telephony.  There  is  a  big  variety  of  channels   in   English,   German,   French,   Italian   and   13   other   languages.   Swisscom   also   offers   films   on  demand.     Sunrise   TV:   Sunrise   offers   TV,   internet   and   fixed/mobile  phone  packages  as  well  as  iPad   with  TV  and  video  on  demand.          


The   company   offers   more   than   160   channels,   80  in  German,  33  in  French,  31  in  Italian,  26  in   English  and  the  rest  in  several  other  languages.       Orange   TV:   Orange   offers   over   80   TV   channels,   most   of   them   in   German,   French   and   Italian,   for  mobile  phone,  tablet  and  PC/Mac  as  well  as   replay  TV.       You   also   have   the   opLon   to   watch   movies   in   English   on   iTunes.   You   just   need   to   download   the   sofware   from   the   Apple   Store,   create   an   account,  select  Films  in  English  and  choose  one   of   the   categories   (acLon,   comedy,   drama,   horror,  etc.).  Most  of  the  movies  can  be  rented   (you  can  also  buy  them  for  a  higher  price)  and   the   payment   is   made   by   credit   card   or   iTunes   card.   is   an   informaLon   plavorm   produced   by   the   Swiss   public   broadcasLng   corporaLon   and   its   content   is   available   in   English,   German,   French,   Italian,   Spanish,   Portuguese,   Japanese,   Chinese   and   Arabic.   You’ll   find   informaLon   about   poliLcs,   the   economy,  arts,  science,  educaLon  and  tourism.   This   is   a   very   good   source   of   informaLon   for   expats   living   in   Switzerland   as   it   offers   up-­‐to-­‐ date  and  reliable  facts.      




“Pleasure in - job puts perfection in - work”


Jobs     So,   you’ve   decided   it’s   Lme   to   look   for   a   new   job   but   you’re   not   sure   about   how   to   apply  for  a  new  posiLon  in  Switzerland.  The   first   thing   you   need   to   check   is   the   type   of   permit   you   have.   Some   work   permits   are   connected   to   the   current   employer   and   therefore   you   are   only   allowed   to   work   for   this  company.  Please  find  more  informaLon   in   the   chapter   Swiss   Residence   Permits   on   page  11.     Afer   checking   your   work   status,   you   need   to   prepare   your   applicaLon   to   send   to   headhunters  or  human  resources  managers.   Make   sure   you   write   an   effecLve   cover   leaer   and   a   complete   CV   and   enclose   all   relevant   diplomas,   cerLficates   and   reference  leaers  to  your  applicaLon.       Cover  leZer   Always   personalise   each   cover   leaer   according   to   the   job   descripLon.   This   will   give  you  a  beaer  chance  of  being  invited  for   a   face-­‐to-­‐face   interview.   Make   sure   that   your  leaer  contains:     ü A   contact   person:   Never   start   a   cover   leaer   using   Dear   Sir   /Madam,   To   Whom   It   May   Concern,   Dear   HR   Manager,   Dear   Recruiter,   etc.   If   the   contact   person   is   not   included  in  the  job  advert,  visit  the  

company’s   website   and   look   for   the   name   of   the   HR   manager.   Failing   to   address   the   leaer   to   a   specific   person   shows  that  the  candidate  has  not  made   an  effort.     ü    The  name  of  the  job  you  are  applying   for   and   where   you   found   the   job   advert,   i.e.:   “MarkeLng   Manager   posiLon   adverLsed  on”   ü W hat   you   have   to   offer   to   the   company,   your   experience   and   skills.   However,  don’t  copy  and  paste  your  CV   into  the  cover  leaer   ü Make   sure   you   aaach   your   diplomas   and  cerLficates     ü Keep   your   leaer   brief   and   make   sure   there  are  no  spelling  mistakes   ü When   submizng   your   CV   by   email,   provide   it   in   PDF   format.   Avoid   using   a   Word   document   or   any   other   format   unless  requested  in  the  job  advert   ü Provide   a   mobile   or   a   phone   number   where   you   can   be   reached   at   any   Lme.   Check   your   voicemail;   most   HR   recruiters   leave   a   message   when   trying   to  reach  you  by  phone   ü Suggest  an  interview    


CV       When   updaLng   your   CV,   make   sure   you   include  the  following:       ü  A  recent  photo   ü  Your   contact   details:   name,   address,   phone,  mobile  phone  and  email   ü  AddiLonal   personal   informaLon:   naLonality,   marital   status,   date   of   birth   and  type  of  Swiss  permit     ü  Job   objecLve:   a   sentence   explaining   what  kind  of  job  you  are  looking  for     Example:  Highly  self-­‐moLvated  and  goal-­‐ oriented   professional   commiaed   to   p u rs u i n g   a   l o n g-­‐ t erm   ca reer   i n   Switzerland  as  a  MarkeLng  Manager   ü  EducaLon   (start   with   the   most   recent):   name   of   the   course,   name   of   the   school/ university,   beginning   and   end   of   the   course,   locaLon   of   the   course   (city,   country).  Please  see  example  below:       05.2008  –  06.2010       Masters  in  MarkeLng   The  University  of  Sydney,  Sydney,  Australia       08.2002  –  07.  2006   BA  (Hons)  Business  AdministraLon     London   School   of   Business   and   Finance,   London,  UK       ü  Work   experience   (start   with   the   most   recent):   name   of   the   company   and   locaLon,   job   Ltle,   duraLon   of   the   job,   descripLon  of  responsibiliLes.  Please  see   example  below:       01.2010  –  Present   Company  ABC,  Zurich,  Switzerland   MarkeLng  Manager       •  Manage   and   coordinate   all   markeLng,   adverLsing   and   promoLonal   staff   and   acLviLes   •  Conduct   market   research   to   determine   market   requirements   for   exisLng   and   future  products    

•  Analysis   of   customer   research,   current   market   condiLons   and   compeLtor   informaLon   •  Develop  and  implement  markeLng  plans   and   projects   for   new   and   exisLng   products   •  Manage   the   producLvity   of   the       markeLng  plans  and  projects   •  Monitor,   review   and   report   on   all   markeLng  acLvity  and  results     ü  Languages:  list  all  your  languages  and  the   level   of   the   proficiency   according   to   the   European   Language   Porvolio,   including   all  diplomas  and  cerLficates  obtained:       English:  Mother  tongue   German:  Intermediate,  Goethe-­‐ZerLfikat,     B2  Level:  B2   French:  Advanced,  Level:  C1     European       Language   ü  AddiLonal   courses   (including   computer   Porvolio   skills)     ü  Interests:   personal   interests,   volunteer   Job  search   work,  freelance  work,  etc.   engines     ü  References:  available  upon  request       Job  search  engines  in  Switzerland       There   are   many   job   search   engines   in   Switzerland,  some  offering  the  possibility  to   create   a   job   profile   and   receive   daily   or   weekly   emails   with   a   summary   of   current   job   adverts.   On   the   right   side   of   the   page   there  is  a  link  to  the  most  popular  ones.   InternaMonal   companies   in   Zurich   and   the   vicinity         A  great  number  of  mulLnaLonal  companies   h a v e   c h o s e n   S w i t z e r l a n d   a s   t h e i r   headquarters  due  to  its  locaLon  in  the  heart   of   Europe   as   well   as   for   taxes   purposes.   As   Zurich   is   the   Swiss   city   that   is   home   to   the   most   internaLonal   companies,   if   you   are   looking   for   a   new   job   in   Switzerland,   you   will  probably  find  one  here.   We   have   put   together   a   list   of   the   largest   mulLnaLonal   companies   in   Zurich   and   the   surrounding  area.      




  German  and  Swiss-­‐German  courses  in  Zurich   You  won’t  have  many  issues  speaking  English  in  Zurich,   but   if   you’re   planning   to   live   in   the   German   part   of   Switzerland,   it   is   highly   recommended   that   you   learn   German   (High   German).   This   will   help   you   deal   with   daily   issues   and   integrate   into   your   community.   There   are   many   language   schools   in   Zurich   that   provide   all   kinds  of  German  courses  for  foreigners.  Find  here  a  list   of  schools.     But   keep   in   mind   that   German   is   not   the   spoken   language   in   the   “Deutschschweiz”   and   therefore,   afer   you   achieve   at   least   an   intermediate   level   of   (High)   German,   you   should   consider   learning   to   understand   Swiss   German,   the   spoken   dialect   in   Switzerland.   Although  this  is  not  a  wriaen  language,  it  is  possible  to   aaend   Swiss-­‐German   lessons   in   Zurich   (Züridüütsch   Kurs).   Swiss   German   people   are   very   proud   of   their   language  and  culture  and  therefore  it  is  very  important   to  make  an  effort  to  understand  Schwiizerdütsch.       InternaMonal  schools  in  Zurich  and  the  vicinity     Most   expats   with   family   living   in   Zurich   enrol   their   children   in   internaLonal   schools.   This   is   probably   because   the   internaLonal   school   will   be   following   the   same  syllabus  and  curriculum  as  in  their  home  country   and   the   school   environment   will   be   similar   to   the   one   they   are   already   accustomed   to.   However,   due   to   the   high   demand,   there   is   a   shortage   of   place   in   Zurich’s   internaLonal  schools.     There   are   six   internaLonal   schools   in   the   Canton   of   Zurich:            School  Holidays  in  Zurich        Zürichdeutsch  


Zurich  InternaMonal  School   EducaLon   levels:   Kilchberg   (pre-­‐kindergarten,   kindergarten,   grades   1   to   8   ),   Adliswil   (upper   school   grades  9  to  12)  and  Baden  (from  pre-­‐school  to  grade  8).     ICS  Inter-­‐Community  School  Zurich   LocaLon:  Zumikon  (Volketswil  from  August  2015).     EducaLon  levels:  Primary  and  secondary  school.     SIS  Swiss  InternaMonal  School   LocaLon:    Zurich,  Zurich-­‐Wollishofen,  Männedorf,   Winterthur,  Rotkreuz-­‐Zug,  Tamins-­‐Chur,  Schönenwerd,   Suhr  and  Basel.    EducaLon  levels:  Kindergarten,  primary   school,  pre-­‐college/college.     Swiss  InternaMonal  School  North  and  West   LocaLon:  Wallisellen  (North)  and  Schlieren  (West).     EducaLon  levels  North:  Nursery  (age  2.5)  to  grade  10   (age  16)  and  EducaLon  levels  West:  Nursery  (age  3)  to   grade  5  (age  11).     Tandem  InternaMonal  MulMlingual  School   LocaLon:  Zollikon,  Zurich  and  UeLkon   EducaLon  levels:  Pre-­‐school  to  primary  school.  Early   years  from  6  to  18  months  and  daycare  are  also   available.     InternaMonal  School  Winterthur   LocaLon:  Winterthur   EducaLon  levels:  From  Kindergarten  to  grade  12.  Early   years  from  age  3  is  also  available.       French  children  have  also  the  opportunity  to  study  at  a   French  school  in  Gockhausen,  approximately  10  km   from  Zurich:     Lycée  Français  de  Zurich   LocaLon:  Gockhausen   EducaLon  levels:  Nursery,  primary  and  secondary   School        


HSK  (Heimatliche  Sprache  und  Kultur)  courses     HSK  courses  are  courses  in  the  naLve  language  and  culture  developed  for  mulLlingual  children  living   in  Switzerland.  The  courses  are  developed  by  embassies,  consulates  or  private  organisaLons  and  are   coordinated  by  the  Swiss  School  Authority  and  the  Department  of  EducaLon  of  each  canton  which   provides   the   classroom   and   teacher   training   course.   HSK   courses   are   offered   in   the   following   languages:  Albanian,  Bulgarian,  Chinese,  CroaLan,  Finnish,  French,  Greek,  Hungarian,  Italian,  Korean,   Kurdish,   Portuguese   (Portugal),   Portuguese   (Brazil),   Russian,   Serbian,   Slovenian,   Spanish   (Spain),   Spanish  (LaLn  America),  Swedish  and  Turkish.       Most  HSK  courses  are  organised  by  volunteer  parent  coordinators.   Please  visit  the  HSK  website  for  more  details  about  their  courses.            



Ge'ing to know and l e " u r e a c t i v i t i es

Tours       Take  one  of  the  tours  recommended  by  Zurich  Tourism   to  learn  more  about  the  city  and  its  past.       There  are  guided  city  walks  and  bus  tours,  or,  if  you’re   looking  for  an  acLve  and  unconvenLonal  way  of  gezng   to  know  the  city,  try  the  city  tours  by  bike  or  Segway,  or   sign  up  for  a  jogging  or  hiking  tour.           Places  to  visit  in  and  around  Zurich       On   the   city   tour   you   will   already   get   a   glimpse   of   the   most   aaracLve   places   in   town,   such   as   the   old   town,   the  shopping  mile,  and  the  places  by  the  lake  and  river   (Limmat).     Nice  views       In  addiLon  to  that,  you  can  get  a  wonderful  view  over   the  old  town  from  Lindenhof  square.  It  can  be  reached   from  Bahnhofstrasse  via  Rennweg.       Another   way   of   seeing   the   city   from   above   is   taking   the   lif   to   the   35th   floor   of   the   newly   built   Prime   Tower,   Zurich’s   first   skyscraper   situated   in   Zurich   west,   right   next  to  the  Hardbrücke  train  staLon.                

Out  of  town       Make   sure   to   go   on   a   boat   trip   on   Lake   Zurich.   Boats   depart   from   Bürkliplatz   and   stop   at   different   villages   around  the  lake.  To  be  recommended  is  a  trip  by  boat   to   Rapperswil,   known   as   the   city   of   roses,   where   you   will   find   a   lively   lake   promenade   with   heaps   of   cafés   and  restaurants  and  a  romanLc  castle  on  top  of  the  hill.   Many  people  get  married  there…   Leisure  acMviMes  –  Sports       Zurich   has   sports   club   to   suit   everyone   and   all   tastes   .   The   city   of   Zurich   website   can   point   you   in   the   right   direcLon.       Mountain  biking       The   city’s   landmark   mountain   Üetliberg   offers   an   extensive  mountain  bike  network  with  thrilling  downhill   trails.         Check  out  the  bike  trails  on  the   city  of  Zurich  website.            

LINKS   Tours  

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LINKS   Public     holidays   in  Zurich     Yoga  

Hiking       Üetliberg   is   also   ideal   for   short   hikes,   as   are   Zürichberg   and   Adlisberg.   If   you   go   a   liale   bit   out   of   town   (taking   S18   Forchbahn),   you   will   also  find  nice  hiking  trails  on  PfannensLel.         The   best   way   to   look   for   and   plan   a   hike   is   to   have  a  look  at  Wandersite,  where  you  can  select   the   area   and   choose   from   one-­‐day   hikes   to   longer  ones.     Water  sports       For  swimming  pools  (indoor  and  outdoor),   check  out    the  city  of  Zurich  website.         Indoor  pools   Outdoor  pools       If  you  are  interested  in  learning  to  sail  on  Lake   Zurich,  refer  to  Zürichsee  Tourism  website.         InformaLon  about  other  water  sports  like  sailing   and  canoeing  can  be    found  on  the   Lake  Zurich  tourism  website  .     Yoga       Need   to   unwind?   Try   a   yoga   class.   Most   of   the   schools  in  the  city  have  teachers  who  are  fluent   in   English.   There   are   classes   for   everyone   from   beginners  to  experienced  yogis.        Annual  events  in  Zurich       You   may   have   heard   of   the   Streetparade,   the   Zurich   Marathon   or   the   Zurich   Film   FesLval…   But   there   are   plenty   of   other   annual   events   in   Zurich.         The   unique   Sechseläuten,   for   example,   where   we   burn   a   snowman   and   count   the   minutes   unLl   the   snowman   explodes   in   order   to   say   goodbye   to   winter   and   find   out   whether   we   will   have  a  nice  summer  or  not…       Learn   more   about   this   and   many   other   events   on  Zurich  Tourism’s  website.              




LINKS   Immigrant   AssociaLons  

According   to   the   Swiss   ConfederaLon   (Schweizerische  Eidgenossenschaf),  the  total   migrant   populaLon   in   Switzerland   in   2010   was  1,766,300  inhabitants,  represenLng     22.4   %   of   the   total   Swiss   populaLon   in   the   same   year.   Most   of   the   immigrants   come   from   the   European   Union   (EU27)   and   the   European   Free   Trade   AssociaLon   (EFTA),   and   the   top   three   naLonaliLes   are:   German,   Italian  and  Portuguese.     The   situaLon   in   the   city   of   Zurich   is   not   different.  The  foreign  populaLon  in  2011  was   121,017,   represenLng   165   naLonaliLes.   The   largest   immigrant   group   in   Zurich   is   from   Germany,  followed  by  Italy  and  Portugal.       The  top  ten  immigrant  groups  in  Zurich  are:     1  Germany      31,124   2.  Italy        13,144   3.  Portugal        8,225   4.  Serbia,     Montenegro     and  Kosovo        7,772   5.  Spain          4,844   6.  Austria        4,251   7.  Turkey        3,915   8.  Great  Britain        3,163   9.  France        2,846   10.  USA          2,096     Sources:   Schweizerische   Eidgenossenscha<   Migra>on   und   Integra>on   –   Indikatoren   and   Sta>s>k  Stadt  Zürich,  BVS  


Immigrant  associaMons  in  Zurich     Immigrant   associaLons   are   mostly   run   by   veteran   immigrants   who   dedicate   some   of   their   free   Lme   to   promoLng   their   language   and  culture  as  well  as  helping  new  immigrants   integrate   into   the   local   community.   The   associaLons  are  a  good  point  of  contact  if  you   would   like   to   keep   in   touch   with   your   roots,   meet   compatriots   or   need   to   know   more   about  life  in  Switzerland.     These   associaLons   are   usually   funded   by   membership   fees,   donaLons   and   voluntary   work   and   some   of   them   have   financial   support  from  their  embassy  and  government.   The   Cantonal   Offices   for   MigraLon   sponsor   projects  aimed  at  promoLng  integraLon.         The   main   acLviLes   and   services   provided   by   immigrant   associaLons   are   free   advice,   personal   accompaniment   and   assistance   in   dealing   with   bureaucraLc   difficulLes,   language   and   integraLon   courses,   libraries,   organisaLon   of   workshops   and   seminars,   assistance   in   wriLng   CVs,   translaLons,   organisaLon   of   social   acLviLes   and   much   more.     The   city   of   Zurich   has   a   regularly   updated     online     list   with   most   of   the   immigrant   associaLons  in  the  greater  Zurich  area.        




b i b l i o g r a ph y ACE  Pet  Moving  :   hap://­‐us.html   Ärztezentrum  Sihlcity  :     hap://www.aerztezentrum-­‐   Best-­‐Job-­‐     hap://­‐job-­‐   Billag:     hap://   Cantonal  MigraMon  Office  Zurich:   hap:// sicherheitsdirekLon/migraLonsamt/de/service/ internaLonal.html#Ltle-­‐content-­‐internet-­‐ sicherheitsdirekLon-­‐migraLonsamt-­‐de-­‐service-­‐ internaLonal-­‐jcr-­‐content-­‐contentPar-­‐texLmage   Comparis:   Basic  health  insurance   hap:// grundversicherung.aspx   Supplementary  health  insurance   hap:// zusatzversicherung.aspx   Euroairport  Basel:   hap://   Expat  Desk  Info:  hap://   ExpatFocus:   hap://   Federal,  Cantonal  and  Communal  Taxes: index.html?lang   Federal  Chancellery:   hap:// index.html?lang=en   Federal  Council  and  AdministraMon  :   hap://   Federal  Department  of  Foreign  Affairs:   hap:// forrep.html   Federal  Department  of  Finance:   hap://   Federal  Office  for  MigraMon:   hap:// home.html   Geneva  Airport:   hap://   Heimatliche  Sprache  und  Kultur:     hap://www.hsk-­‐   Landesmuseum  Zurich:   hap://www.musee-­‐     hap://   Meteoschweiz:   hap:// weather.html   Mobility  car  sharing:   hap://     Orange  TV:   hap://      

Parliament:   hap:// index.html?lang=en   Permanence  Zurich:   hap://   PoliMcal  organisaMon  of  Switzerland:   hap:// index.html?lang=en   Prime  Tower:   hap://   Pro  Velo  Zürich:   hap:// veloboersen   SBB:     hap://   Stadt  Zurich:    hap://www.stadt-­‐   Steueramt  Zürich:   hap:// finanzdirekLon/ksta/en/quellensteuer/ auslaendische_arbeitnehmer.html   Success  &  Career,  10.  Auflage:    www.success-­‐and-­‐   Sunrise  TV:   hap://­‐TV-­‐ cbqgLAqFI.jjcAAAEzY3t0IiA0-­‐Sunrise-­‐ ResidenLal-­‐Site-­‐WFS-­‐de_CH-­‐CHF.html   SVA  Zürich:   hap:// home.html   Swisscom  TV:     hap://   Switzerland  Tourism:   hap://   University  Hospital  Zurich:   hap:// default.aspx     Upc  cablecom:   hap://www.upc-­‐   Using  the  European  Language  Poriolio:   hap:// language/en-­‐GB/Default.aspx   W a n d e r s i t e :   hap://   Wikipedia:     hap://   Zurich  Airport:   hap://www.zurich-­‐ desktopdefault.aspx   Z ü r i c h s e e :   hap:// experiencesrz/Wassersport/1284   ZVV:   Zurich  Tourism:     hap://        



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