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Enjoy a High Standard of Living in Switzerland

 

Switzerland is a highly desirable place to live. Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a cozy Alpine chalet or an elegant apartment overlooking a mirror-calm lake? The attractions of high living standards, low crime, and fantastic infrastructure aren’t to be sneezed at either.

Switzerland is divided into 26 cantons and is a great place for hiking and skiing.

In Western Switzerland you are never far from lakes, mountains, or both. This is the French-speaking part of the country: la Suisse.

You’ll quickly realize that German-speaking Switzerland doesn’t have the monopoly on cowbells…needle-spired churches…or Alpine chalets brimming with window boxes of geraniums.

A skier’s playground in winter, Villars-sur-Ollon in Vaud Canton is part of the Alpes Vaudoises and is linked to the glacier skiing at Les Diablerets. The surrounding area, which includes the villages of Gryon, Chesnieres, and Barboleuse, boasts a number of ski lifts serving over 70 miles of pistes. It’s a charming village—very low-key—with alluring views of the jagged teeth of the Dents du Midi range.

Lac Leman (often wrongly called Lake Geneva) is tagged “the Swiss Riviera.” Summers are Riviera-like with warm weather. Winters can be quite mild.

Deep blue-green, dotted with sailboats, Lac Leman suggests Swan Lake come to life. It’s spellbinding to watch these graceful birds, especially the swans that patrol the looking-glass waters under medieval Chillon Castle. In summer, numerous ferries ply between the lakeside villages and the elegant cities of Geneva and Lausanne.

Vladimir Nabokov, Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, and Freddie Mercury—all owned homes in Montreux and neighboring Vevey. Ambling the Quai des Fleurs, a lakeside promenade between these neighboring towns, it’s easy to understand why. You’d never tire of the panorama of lakes, Alpine pinnacles, and twinkling villages. And within a half-hour, you can be high in the mountains. It’s fabulous in spring when the upper meadows become a blooming mass of narcissi.

 

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Fast Facts About Switzerland

Switzerland
  • Population: 8,061,516 (July 2014 est.)
  • Capital City: Bern
  • Climate: Temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers.
  • Time Zone: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
  • Language: German (official) 64.9%, French (official) 22.6%, Italian (official) 8.3%
  • Country Code: +41
  • Location: Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

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Get the Most Out of Europe’s Low-Cost Airlines

Twice a year, Lucy Fayette flies from her home in Switzerland to Hungary to visit family— for a round-trip fare of just €50 (about $65). That’s right, Lucy’s airfare, which takes her across 800 miles in less than two hours, costs the same amount as a nice dinner or a fancy bottle of wine…and all because of Europe’s budget airlines.

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Where To Go When Private Banks Won’t Take U.S. Clients

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Swapping the Office for the Swiss Alps

It’s a weekday morning in the early fall and I’m standing on a mountaintop in the Swiss Alps. I’ve been hiking all morning, passing through tiny villages with dark-roofed homes and small chapels whose bells sing out every hour to remind us of the precise time. I’ve walked through fields of wildflowers that overlook snow-capped peaks and past a dozen waterfalls both small and large. And for the past hour I’ve been navigating thin pathways that wind across a barren high-altitude landscape dotted with leftover snow.

A Great-Value European Stock

A Great-Value European Stock

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I Took My Business To Europe…You Can Too

I Took my Business to Europe…You Can Too

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Swiss Banking – Your Options Right Now

Swiss Banking – Your Options Right Now

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World’s Fastest-Growing Economy

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Balloons, Bangkok and Burning “Bööggs”

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The Offshore Insider

Mr. Bauman is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland (1973-1981). He is also a former federal official and state legislator; member of the Washington, D.C., Bar; graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (1964) and the GU School of Foreign Service (1959). Mr. Bauman serves as legal counsel to International Living. He’s also one of the world’s foremost offshore experts. Here are some of his recent articles:

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Shear Sheep, Hunt Eggs, and Buy Art

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Piñatas, The Sphinx And Waltzing In Vienna

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8 Countries That Take Your Bank Privacy Seriously

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Down through history, whenever a major war or other calamity has threatened, ever-greater hoards of foreign cash have flowed into Swiss bank accounts because the world knows Switzerland traditionally stands for safety.

Turnips, Russian Wine, and a Monkey Buffet

Turnips, Russian Wine, and a Monkey Buffet

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Where to Find Offshore Bankers Friendly to Americans

Where to Find Offshore Bankers Friendly to Americans

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The Offshore Insider

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Create Your Own Pension Plan with a Swiss Annuity

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Inflation Insurance Swiss-Style

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This "Safe Haven" Currency Is About to Skyrocket

This “Safe Haven” Currency Is About to Skyrocket

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Living Lake-Side In Switzerland

Living Lake-Side in Switzerland

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2010 Quality of Life Index By the Staff of International Living

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Living With the Stars in Lombardy

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How to get a Swiss bank account

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How to get a Swiss bank account

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Swiss Banking Made Easy

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Clarification Causes Confusion

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Look to Offshore Havens for Real Privacy

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Biking for Swiss truffles

Six days of gourmet dining around Switzerland sounds like a dream experience, but for this exclusive tour you’ll have to be prepared to pedal your way. The gourmet bike tour covers 163 miles (highest altitude 18,370 feet) and costs $2,100. Each tour, limited to six people, begins and ends in St. Moritz. You can bring […]

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