Moving To Zurich from Canada

Perspective on Moving to Zurich, Switzerland

Links for moving to Zurich

 Cost Of Living in Zurich

 City of Zurich
 Canton of Zurich Government
 On Arriving in Zurich

 Importing a vehicle into Switzerland
 Swiss Visa and Immigration Information
 Swiss Health Care

 Education: Best Schools in Zurich
 University of Zurich

• AREA CODE for Zurich is 43
     (Remember that the country code to use first is 41)

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Tips For Moving to Zurich

   1. Zurich. like the rest of Switzerland, enjoys a wonderful climate. Summers are warm, winters cold and snowy, spring beautiful and autumns have amazing colours. Further, Zurich is rarely windy as it enjoys the protection of near by mountains.
      Moving is probably done best in the spring through autumn period of the year. Early spring may save you a little money however shipping in the winter can expose lacquer furniture finishes to temperature damage. In any event a spring through autumn move ins are comfortable.
      These are interesting times to move from Canada to Zurich. The drop in international tourism due to COVID opens economic opportunities for those moving to this tourist dependent country.

   2. Zurich's culture is different. The high cost of living, great outdoor activities, and over two thirds of its population renting a home, are at the core of those differences.
      There are lots of widely accepted rules generally making life easier. Along the same vein everything has a predictable cost that is the same price everyone else pays.
      You will quickly notice how stores close on Sundays as city folks leave town to enjoy outdoor options. It's about balancing work and quality of life.

   3. English is spoken in this tourism driven country. None the less, you can expect public interactions to be primarily in the local language NOT English. The local language is the cantons official language... German, French, Italian or Roman, complete with significant local differences. Swiss German, for example, is not the high German often expected... for starters it has over 3000 unique words in its vocabulary and different than expected definitions for words such as pound.

Relocating to Zurich

   Zurich's just over 400,000 population is part of the 1.4 million that make up the Zurich metropolitan market area and 1.5 million that make up the Canton of Zurich.

   Stay on top of your moving decisions.
Monitor changing COVID coverage in the Zurich local newspapers and media.


   Zurich, a beautiful place to live, is also a very expensive city to live in, even when compared to other expensive cities like New York or London.

   Vehicles that have been used for at least 6 months have duty free status. However the paper work required for importation is challenging.

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