We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Zurich.
Switzerland brings forth images of majestic peaks with brown cows dotting the hillside, but the country is so much more. It is a country that offers refined delicacies like Swiss cheese and chocolate, the austere Alps and the unquestionable security of it's banks.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It is spelled Zürich in German or Züri in Swiss German. It is Zurich in French, Zurigo in Italian, and Turitg in Romansh. The city has 380,500 inhabitants. The greater Zurich metropolitan area is composed of a population of nearly 2 million inhabitants. The city is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic.
Zurich is a leading global city with a vibrant financial center. Zurich benefits from the high level of investment in education that is typical of Switzerland in general and provides skilled labor at all levels. Many of Switzerland's research and development centers are concentrated in Zurich, but the most important is the service industry. About 330,000 people have found work in Zurich, with about 90 percent in the service sector. Most Swiss banks are headquartered in Zurich and there are numerous foreign banks in the Greater Zurich Area. The Swiss Stock Exchange, called SIX Swiss Exchange, was established here in 1877 and is the fourth most prominent stock exchange in the world.
The quality of life is also high in Zurich. It receives high scores for work, housing, leisure, education and safety. It is also consistently ranked as one of the most expensive city in the world.
You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Zurich and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...
Last but not least, you can download the full guide in PDF format, in order to read quietly and maybe to upload on your mobile or tablet PC/iPad.