The future belongs to those who understand the technologies and moving these technologies into a bright and unpredictable future. And although it is believed that the bulk of IT professionals “suck” the United States, there are other countries where it pros.
In this material you will learn:
- Why Switzerland is an attractive jurisdiction for professionals in the field of IT?
- How to get work permit and accommodation, transportation of a family?
- What Canton is to look for work or build your business?
- Are there any good schools where to educate their children, and how well local education?
- What is the standard of living and the cost of its maintenance?
It turned out a kind of basic manual on the country for those looking for a new place to live and professional growth.
Why is IT-person choose Switzerland?
Let’s first look at IT companies who are already working here. Many of them are familiar to you:
- Logitech (computer peripherals and not only);
- SITA (responsible for 90% of communications traffic);
- U-blox (created technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi)
- Swisscom (telecommunications provider);
- Branches of Microsoft, Google, HP, CISCO, DELL, IBM;
- Ethereum Alliance (a company that take care of the development of the token system and Ether);
- Many others.
Also enough smaller companies that operate not only with software and hardware, but also to biotech, social settlements, and many others.
So the first point on which choose Switzerland is the availability of companies that deal with IT technologies in various fields and jointly raise the level of development of all mankind.
Here also provide high salaries, social security and other buns for the workers.
Entrepreneurs can also freely create your own projects, use incubators, investments and tax breaks for startup.
Switzerland has its own equivalent of Silicon valley – Cryptocoryne where the conditions for the development of projects based on blockchain. And it’s not just about crypto, but about the more practical application of technology.
Secondly, it is a very comfortable country to live in: Switzerland takes the top places in terms of life in the world; there is wonderful climate and clean air, it is safe. Even the notorious story of the immigrants who flowed into Europe, received its fulfillment: residents of some cities and villages have independently refused to accept outsiders, despite all the EU requirements. They defended their standard of living and security.
The unemployment rate in Switzerland is only 3%, while the country’s economy is devoured by foreign specialists.
A special moment – the tax system. It is three-tiered: the Federal level (8.5 percent), the level of the Canton (range from 12 to 24%) and municipal (depend on towns and communities).
It is important to understand that all these taxes is what is written in the law, but in fact any bet can be officially reduced by using certain methods. This is especially true of corporate taxes, although there are some features and individuals.
Individuals pay depending on the Canton and the size of earnings from 21% (Zug) to 37% (Geneva).
What Canton of Switzerland for work and life?
In Switzerland the 26 cantons. How do you choose? If we take into account two main parameters – the development of technology and comfortable life with your family, then we suggest you stay on 2 cantons: in Zug and Zurich.
It Zug is the heart of the so-called Cryptocoryne – where favorable conditions of running business in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
In Zug began to accept bitcoins to pay for public services.
Here are based companies such as Monetas, Suisse Bitcoin, Vitalik of Etherium from Baterina.
In addition, large companies in Zug (not all urban): Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Interactive Brokers, Luxoft, Glencore, UBS, and dozens of others.
The standard of living in Zug is high, there are public and private schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities. On education will be discussed below.
The most populous Canton of Switzerland (for 2017). About one third of the population lives in the city of Zurich.
This is the largest financial center of Switzerland, science center. In 2019, took second place for quality of life in the world and 4th place in the list of most expensive cities. Also recognized as one of the safest cities.
This is German-speaking Canton.
In Zurich, a private airport, transport connections with other cantons and countries.
Companies and divisions of companies: a lot of banks, Amazon, Booking.com Apple, Swisscom, IBM, Accenture, Sunrise Communications, Microsoft, Siemens and others.
Education: University of Zurich, public and private schools, vocational schools.
Education for you and your children
According to statistics, in 2015, government spending on education per person was 4324 dollar is the second place after the United States. Russia in the ranking of the 49 place.
The quality of education was measured as compliance with the needs of the economy, is of 8.94 out of 10, or first place in the ranking. Russia is on the 43 place of 4.66 points.
Much attention is paid not only to young people but also professionals – are constantly provided training.
The education system consists of several levels: preparatory (kindergarten), secondary education first stage secondary education second stage (school, matriculation certificate, primary education, primary vocational education), third level (universities, teacher training schools, specialized universities, higher professional education, bachelors, masters, doctorate).
Acts 260 private schools that teach in German, French, Italian, English and other languages.
In Switzerland, you invest in people as our most valuable asset. Natural resources is weak, so decide technology, services, expertise and experience.
Zug is famous for its international boarding school. Located in the former Grand Hotel Schönfels. It is considered a school for the elite. Graduates are John Kerry (U.S. Secretary of state), mark foster (writer and Director), Pierre Mirabeau (founder Mirabo Bank, and also Chairman of the Association of Swiss bankers).
In addition to schools, there are public and private universities and schools.
In Zurich there are 12 universities, Federal higher technical school (ETH) – she graduated from albert Einstein and Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen – the state and private schools.
Interesting point: in these cantons there are schools where they teach in German and English, but in Russian.
The cost of education may be cheaper than in their home country. In particular, a year of undergraduate in Zurich in the Higher technical school for foreign students is 1700 francs per year – the same as for local. Year at the University of Zurich – 2538 francs (1000 francs more expensive than for local students).
In Zurich you can get Executive MBA.
Daily life in Switzerland: rent, Internet, transportation, cost of living
Switzerland offers residents a higher standard of living, health, safety and comfort. Incomes are also assumed to be high.
Specifically, Zurich ranks second for quality of life in the world (2017). Geneva in eighth place in Basel on 10 and Bern is 14.
For the personal safety of Switzerland ranked 3rd after Finland and Denmark.
Attracting and retaining foreign professionals – 100 points out of 100.
There are more than 10,000 companies that attract foreign professionals. There are special agencies that help establish a life after moving to Switzerland.
The population is quite tolerant to the appropriate people, wherever they came from. The state itself takes a neutral position on most issues, therefore, actively cooperates with all.
When you are transporting personal belongings, then they do not take duty on the border. It is necessary only that the property was in the personal possession of at least 6 months and used on arrival.
Within 14 days of arrival you must register at the new place of residence. You will need a foreign passport, the medical insurance, the photograph on the passport, marriage certificate and children’s birth, the employment contract.
If you are traveling with family – to each similar set.
You can enter a car within 12 months to register and insure it in Switzerland.
It is recommended to study at least one local official language: German, French, Italian. There are a large number of courses.
Decided to contact those who puts the property to inspect the apartment and then make the decision.
At the conclusion of the contract on special account, a Deposit is required or a Deposit payment is 3 months rent. It serves as a guarantee for the landlord. When entering the tenant along with the owner to check the apartment and make a report on the deficiencies in writing. If this is not done, at check out you can present the bill for all the “damage” and the loss.
If the landlord wants to raise fees, he must fill in a special form. If the increased fees seem unreasonable, within 30 days you can appeal the decision in writing.
Telephone, Internet, TV
On Swiss market a large number of companies offering similar services. Important providers: Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt. Mandatory registration of the user in the system, even if we are talking about the prepaid services.
The country has analog and digital TV. For the right to receive radio and television subscription fee paid – no matter what you are watching and listening.
Transport logistics in Switzerland is a delight. Here a dense network of Railways, highways, bus and even water routes. The traffic is intense – even to the villages on the rivers at least once in two hours comes the boat.
Offers single tickets for travel on the day, month, year. There is a universal bus pass, which allows travel on almost all Railways, to use intercity bus transportation, water and urban transport.
Travel for children up to 6 years free; children up to 16 years free travel with the card of “Junior Karte”, when travelling with parents, as well as with the “grandchild Card” accompanied by grandparents. Young people aged 16-25 years free travels second class after 19 hours in the presence of travel “Gleis 7”.
Income and cost of living in Switzerland
The average monthly income of a Swiss family – 7556 francs. Added social benefits and other sources, we get the average value 9946 francs.
Net income after taxes – about 70%. However, there are regional differences, so you need to watch depending on the Canton.
Switzerland ranked 2nd in terms of purchasing power of the population. Zurich ranks second among cities in the world.
Prices in Zurich
Rent a single apartment in Zurich from 1400 Euro.
There is always the possibility to look for an alternative, using the services of local experts.
The average score in the simple café – 20 euros. The cappuccino is 5 Euro.
A kilo of potatoes – about 2 euros, Bread (0,5 kg) – about 3 Euro, half-liter of water – more than the Euro, a dozen eggs is about 3 euros. 95 gasoline, from 1.55 euros per liter.
Prices in Zug
In Zug for rent one bedroom apartments starts from 1500 EUR.
Lunch in a café about 20 euros. A Cup of coffee – about 4 euros.
A kilo of potatoes – about 2 euros, a loaf of bread is about 1.5 euros, 1.5 liters of water – 0,70 Euro a dozen eggs – about 5 euros. Petrol 95 – about 1.5 euros.
How to get work permit and stay?
In order to live and work in Switzerland you need a work permit and permission to stay (visa). In order to visit Switzerland you need to obtain a visa.
Visas are tourist, employment, for family reunification and study. Can be short and long term.
To begin a visa, citizens of countries outside the EU and EEA should apply to the Swiss representation in your country of residence. You will need a valid passport, health insurance, and documents certifying the purpose of travel: employment contract, the statutory documents on the company etc.
The visa fee depends on the purpose of the visit.
All documents not in English, French or Italian, will need to be translated.
After already possible to obtain a residence permit and subsequently a residence permit.
Some permissions are not permitted to work. Specify the migration service. If you are in the country for more than 3 months, you get the identity card of the foreigner.
You can get:
- A residence permit B (residence permit with the right to work for a period of 1 year with the option to extend for another year);
- Residence permit C (long-term residence permit with right to work), equal rights with citizens of Switzerland;
- Residence permit L (short-term permission to stay, if the work has a clearly marked date), you cannot change the place of work;
- Residence permit F (temporary stay of foreign citizens).
Some visas allow you to invite relatives: spouse children under 19 years of age and parents of dependent; only the spouse and children; only the wife.
To start working, staying more than 3 months, foreigners must obtain permission from the cantonal migration office.
Permits are short-term (less than one year), fixed-term (specific term) and permanent. These questions and more foreigners are resolved at the level of the Canton.
When moving to work you will need to recognize your diploma. If you got it within the EU, it will be accepted automatically or almost automatically in the framework of the Bologna process. If we are talking about Russian passport, you need confirmation from the competent authority. In some cases this can be done under local education governing authority.
If you are interested in becoming a citizen of Switzerland, you will need to fulfill the following conditions:
- To live in the country for at least 12 years (for those who lives in Switzerland from 12 to 20 each year equals to 2);
- To integrate into local life;
- Know the lifestyle and customs of the Swiss;
- To comply with the law;
- Not pose a threat to security.
Before the desired time of residence in the country was more than 20 years.
To move to Switzerland to live and work – maybe. An IT specialist has the ability to get a job in a big company or establish your own business. The cost of living here is higher than in other countries, but you get a high standard of living, excellent education for children, comfort and safety.
Moreover, the income of employees, especially in technological areas is higher than in other countries.
Switzerland – a promising place for the development of blockchain projects, although there are welcome any high-tech production and research: medicine, communications, nano-technology, etc.
In whatever field IT is you work, you will find a place to taste. Including with his family.