Living in Geneva
Thinking about a Geneva relocation? Geneva is in the French speaking part of Switzerland. It is encircled almost entirely by France. That’s why it has a very French look and ambiance. Geneva’s dynamic economy is mainly driven by services and finance.
It is a very promising economy for expatriates in terms of career prospects. By moving there, you will enjoy quality living, but with a cost. If you are thinking of relocating to Geneva, you might want learn more about the Swiss culture.
Some Facts about Geneva
There are over 200’000 people living in the city of Geneva, making it Switzerland’s second largest city. French is the official language in the Canton, but it is also normal to communicate in English and many other languages.
It is, however, one of the most international cities in Europe, possibly the world, with around 45% of the city’s population being expatriates representing nearly 200 nationalities. Perhaps this is not surprising, as it is home to many international organizations and NGOs such as the UN, World Health Organization and the Red Cross, a host of financial institutions as well as the World headquarters for a number of multi-national companies.
Taxation and Costs in Geneva
Individual taxation in Switzerland is very moderate. Middle-class incomes are typically taxed at one third or half of the European rates. The maximum rate applies from an income of CHF 300,000 to 400,000 per year, ranging from 23% to 35% in the Geneva region.
It is also the 9th most expensive city in the world according to the Mercer ranking from 2020. Transportation, food, and accommodation, none of which is cheap, will be the bulk of your expenses.
However, if you’re moving to Geneva as an expat, you will have to shell out even more for taxes, license fees, and mandatory insurance premiums. The good news is that all these potential stress-inducing expenses can be mitigated by high salary rates and overall quality of life in the city.
Transportation to Geneva
Geneva is easily accessible by train, plane, or road. The airport; Geneva International airport is just a 10 minutes away from the city center.
Education in Geneva
Switzerland has a reputation for its excellent public school system. Starting at the age of four it is mandatory for children to attend kindergarten in Switzerland. Primary school starts at age six. The curriculum in public schools includes languages, science, mathematics, art, music and sport.
Schools often close for the lunch period and children go home to eat. Some schools do offer lunch with supervision for the students. Children attend the school closest to their home. It is generally not possible to visit schools before moving, but all schools meet the same high standards. Attending the public school helps children to learn the local language and make new friends close to home.
Geneva and surroundings have a large offer of international schools. As with many international schools, pupils have a choice of academic programs including the International Baccalaureate (IB), the American Advanced Placement (AP) Program, French Baccalaureate. Atlas International Relocation Consultants have all the knowledge to assist expats to choose the best option for their children.
Transportation in Geneva
Public transport is extremely efficient and well-run throughout Switzerland, and Geneva is no exception There is a dense network of trams, buses, and local trains. The train station Geneva is the main hub for all transport services.
The bus network runs extremely regularly throughout the city — and there are frequent buses to neighboring villages and residential hamlets, too. It offers frequent connections to the other major cities and allow access to Geneva in just 10 minutes on a direct train.
Taxis are painfully expensive in Switzerland. Unless you’re rolling in it, you should steer away from them—especially since the public transit is superb.
Culture and Events
The City of Geneva, as the biggest municipality of the Canton, boasts an outstandingly rich range of leisure activities. Whether you are a history buff, nature lover or budding musician, you are sure to be in your element in Geneva. For the City, providing its citizens with this high-quality offering is an absolute priority.
The opera house of Geneva is called; the Grand Théâtre de Genève. It opened in 1876 and was partly destroyed by a fire in 1951. The restored opera house then reopened in 1962. It has the largest stage in Switzerland. It features opera and dance performances, recitals, concerts and, also theatre. If you want to go to classical music concerts, you should visit the Victoria Hall. It is the home of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Other practical information on moving to Geneva
For more practical tips, watch this video below full of helpful information before moving to Geneva!
Geneva relocation with Atlas Movers AG
Atlas International Movers guides your move from door to door. If you have any questions during the relocation process, please contact your personal relocation coordinator. This person can answer all your questions about the Geneva relocation and the country. This way you can prepare for your life in Geneva without any problems. This is all part of the Atlas Movers Geneva relocation service.
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