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Whether you're moving to Bern, Geneva, Zurich or a little village in the middle of the Swiss Alps, discover everything you need to know about moving to Switzerland from the UK in our guide.

Moving abroad can seem a daunting prospect, which is why taking time to plan and research beforehand is highly advised. As a leader in European removals, we have the necessary expertise to help provide you with as much information as you need, so you can better understand what to expect before your moving day.

Moving to Switzerland?


Why Move to Switzerland?

Switzerland, famous for its dramatic snow-capped mountains and charming blue lakes, is an ideal destination for those seeking a new and improved lifestyle. Sitting in central Europe, Switzerland is very well-developed and has the world's most advanced and highly-developed free-market economy. This makes the country an attractive option if you wish to advance your career, as salaries can be nearly triple those of other European countries. Education is also highly advanced here, and with plenty of international schools to choose from, children receive an excellent education through the strict schooling system currently in place. 

Many may also move to Switzerland to enjoy the serenity of the Swiss Alps, which boast immense natural beauty. Adventure-seeking skiers often decide to reside here, with the region offering world-renowned ski resorts with unmatched views of the mountains. 

Culture in Switzerland

Swiss culture is very diverse, and with the country being bordered by five other countries, culture can be influenced by Italy, Austria, Germany, France and the Principality of Liechtenstein. An example of this influence can be seen in the language, with national dialects including German, Italian, French and Romansh. Most notably, Switzerland is well-known for its strong mountaineering and skiing culture, with the Alps consuming 58% of the Swiss land. Around 35% of the population ski regularly, which is a very high figure when compared to other European countries. It’s no wonder why, as the ski resorts are said to be some of the best in the world. 

Swiss cuisine is diverse, with each region known for its own specialities. Different foods may also be consumed depending on the time of year, for example, fondue and raclette, two famous melted cheese dishes, will be more commonly eaten during the frosty winter months. Switzerland also has a reputation for its high-quality chocolates, with world-renowned brands such as Lindt and Toblerone originating there. This makes the country one of the largest chocolate exporters on the globe. 

Mountain view thrill walk in the Swiss Alps

Healthcare in Switzerland

Switzerland has a universal healthcare system which is regulated through The Swiss Federal Law, meaning that everyone has access to the services on offer. Despite this, healthcare is not free and must be paid for privately by all residents, including nationals and expats. However, the medical services provided are of excellent quality, and there are minimal waiting lists and well-equipped facilities to cater for your needs. 

Working in Switzerland

If you are a career-orientated individual seeking a good work-life balance, Switzerland is the place for you. A large portion of Switzerland’s workforce is made up of foreign employees, and there are strong laws in place to protect worker rights. The country has a very skilled labour force, with key emerging industries including mechanical and electrical engineering, pharma, banking, finance and insurance. 

When applying for a job out in Switzerland you will need a CV, cover letter and education certificates. To work in Switzerland, you must apply for a residence permit from the Swiss commune. To obtain the permit, you must submit a valid ID card or passport, confirmation of employment from your employer or your contract. 


Living in Switzerland

When moving to Switzerland, you must follow the below steps to secure your residency.

  1. Apply for a family visa, study visa, or work visa for Switzerland.
  2. Get the necessary residency permit.
  3. Get the Swiss C Residence Permit to get permanent residence.

Ahead of your move, we’d highly recommend taking a look at the various areas on offer. Each location can vary between price, lifestyle, housing, schooling and much more. Here are just some of the top destinations in Switzerland that expats choose to move to each year. 


River flowing through Bern in Switzerland


Home to the largest expat community in Switzerland, Europe is the country’s economic powerhouse and largest city. This German-speaking city is well-equipped with excellent transport links, as well as great local bars, restaurants and shops. In Zurich, the booming city lifestyle pairs beautifully with picture-perfect Swiss lake views.


Stretched alongside the famous Lake Geneva, the French-speaking city of Geneva is home to some of the world’s biggest organisations, such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. The lifestyle here is fairly laid back, with well-preserved walks and scenic routes to enjoy. The city is also a short drive away from some of Europe’s best ski resorts. 


The capital city, Bern, has an incredible alpine scenery which is popular with relocating families. Residents benefit from excellent schools, first-class sporting activities and plentiful employment opportunities. 

Move with Bishop’s Move

Have we convinced you to move to Switzerland? With unmatched employment opportunities and a wide array of outdoor activities to enjoy, Switzerland has it all. At Bishop’s Move, we’re a leader in European removals and can provide you with a Swiss removals package tailored to suit your individual needs. We consider everything from packing to storage and will work with you to ensure that your move is seamless. Find out more about removals to Switzerland or get in touch with your local branch to discuss your options.

And should you ever need to move back to the UK from Switzerland, we are on hand to help every step of the way.