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Living and Working in Switzerland: A Survival Handbook Paperback – 15 Aug 2010

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books (15 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907339329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907339325
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hampshire was born in England and after serving in the Royal Air Force he was employed for many years in the computer industry, before taking up writing full-time in the '80s. His work has taken him around the world and he has lived and worked in many countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. David is an authority on living, working, retiring and buying property abroad, and is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 titles, including the best-selling Living and Working in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, London, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland. David lives in Bath, England with his partner Alexandria.
A complete list of David's books (sole author unless indicated) is shown below:
Buying a Home in Australia - co author
Buying a Home in France
Buying a Home in Italy
Buying a Home in Portugal
Buying a Home in Spain
Buying or Renting a Home in London - co-author
Buying or Renting a Home in Switzerland - co author
Buying Selling & Letting Property
Culture Wise America - co-author
Culture Wise Australia - co-author
Culture Wise England - co-author
Living and Working in America
Living and Working in Australia
Living and Working in Britain
Living and Working in Canada - co-author
Living and Working in France
Living and Working in London - co-author
Living and Working in New Zealand
Living and Working in Spain
Living and Working in Switzerland
Retiring in France
US Immigration Handbook - co-author


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Every expat living in switzerland should have a copy of this on their bookshelf! --The Xpat Xchange

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Gledhill on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
As a Brit now living in Switzerland, let me tell you... you NEED a book like this. And a Swiss German girlfriend/wife to sort things out for you...

The book contains loads of useful information, but, yes, you do need to rely on sites like EnglishForum.ch for plenty more advice and tips.

The most essential piece of information will be "How much will I need to earn, to have a fairly good lifestyle in Switzerland". This country is (deep breath) EXPENSIVE.

£6 for a pint of beer, anyone ? £4 for a tiny (1 dl) glass of wine ?

Healthcare is expensive, and you MUST have it, you must have a working permit to work here, and register with your local village council, etc, etc. There are loads of tiny (and annoying) rules and laws you need to know about, before you commit serious crimes like attempting to do laundry or mow the lawn on a Sunday!!

If you're thinking of coming to live here, you need a book like this, and this one's pretty excellent.
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I bought this book when I received a job offer from a multinational company located in Switzerland, and needed help in understanding everything about the Country.
I spent some time on several blogs online, but the info I found were pretty messed up and sometimes contradictory. This book helped me to understand and weight all the costs - and advantages, laws, etc. - I would have got if I moved to Switzerland as an expat (e.g. insurance, taxes, pension, food, furniture... everything!!!).
I strongly recommend this book to everyone that wants to understand more about Switzerland before moving there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Tina Baker on 23 Oct. 2012
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Worth every penny,a musthave for anyone relocating to Switzerland. We have found this book to be extremely useful and hope to continue to call on it after we relocate
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By international_worker on 3 Jan. 2012
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I was hugely disappointed with this book.

It simply gives a list of things that you should consider when moving overseas (eg, finding accomodation, finding a school for your children, etc) without actually telling you how to do it.

For most people, the value of a book on living in switzerland would lie in the specifics of how to actually do it. - As these specifics are lacking, the book is almost useless.

The content is so generic that it could apply to a move to any country, not to switzerland in particular.
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