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  1. Still researching 🙂

    7 myths about living in Switzerland

    It is impossible to get a residence permit:
    Wrong. There are many ways to get a residence permit, and for example if you are retired or willing to do business in Switzerland, we will be happy to help you get a permit.

    Switzerland is as cold as Siberia:
    We grow wine and kiwis in Switzerland and in the summer temperatures rises above 30 Celsius in many parts of the country. We do have a winter season, with snow and all that, but it only lasts a few months.

    Life in Switzerland is more expensive than in Tokyo:
    Switzerland is expensive, but no more than Paris or London. And, let’s face it, you probably pay a lot more tax now than you would pay if you lived in Switzerland. This largely compensates for the cost of living for many people.

    Living in Switzerland is only for pop stars and steel barons:
    Wrong again. Many foreigners who are neither as famous as Tina Turner nor as rich as Ingvar Kamprad live in Switzerland. It is true that you must be moderately wealthy to qualify for some residence permits, but not as much as you think.

    The Swiss are very cold:
    Visitors often judge the Swiss from the welcome the receive at the souvenir shop in the airport, which is like judging the kindness of the American people from the immigration officers at JFK. In fact, it all depends on the area and on the situation. Rural, Catholic cantons have reputedly the most sympathetic people, and many people who live in Switzerland and make a small effort to understand the country find open and trustworthy friends.

    There are just cows and ski-lifts in Switzerland:
    No, we have cities, operas, industries, great hotels and restaurants, and the highest per capita number of Nobel Prizes in the world. And if you really need the thrill of a huge city, you are never far from other European cities in Switzerland.

    The Swiss don’t let you buy a house:
    They do if you get a residence permit. With a B permit, you can buy a house anywhere in the country (the law changed recently).

    (Gotta love Google)
    dw

    • You are giving me the desire to retire in Switzerland. I speak a bit of French too. For me one of the most admirable things about the Swiss is that they stayed out of the European Union which is a failure as far as I am concerned except for one thing, it probably stopped World War III 🙂

    • Tina Turner lives about 60 meters from where I live. No joke. She is a neighbour. Accross the street in a huge fancy house with video cams at the entrance. I’ve seen her in the supermarket and walking her dog. Funny that. I live in a very un-fancy place that happens to be right accross the road. Of course she lives actually on the lake – lucky for her 🙂

    • I have a B permit and own a small apartment 🙂 …oh, and they are very friendly. Perhaps a little harder to get close to once you are friends but I’d say the same of Canadians so its no big deal.

  2. Had the opportunity to spend a few days in Switzerland during a packaged tour with “Thomas Cook” in 2010. Explored the tiny “One horse town” of Engelberg and coming from one of the World’s most densely populated City’s Mumbai was surprised to find myself the only human walking the street at approx 1700 hrs in the evening! Never came across any stray cats or dogs and baffled by the neatness and beauty of this small Swiss town.Had toured the tourist sites of Jungfraujoch Mountain, Interlaken,Mount Titlis,Lucerne and the Rhine falls.We were staying in Engelberg during our 3 day stay , in a century old hotel called “Edeilweiss”.Hence got to know Engelberg a bit better as also understand a bit of Swiss living than the other Swiss tourist locations which were quick tourist visits.No doubt the Swiss are the envy of the World, reasons being the beautiful scenic climate and scenery, besides the “SWISS BANKS” and high living standards. Definitely, Swiss cats would also be the envy in the cat World.

    • Rudolph you have seen two completely contrasting places. It must have been interesting although you are a well travelled person so the impact would have been less. It seems an extremely tidy place and think that indicates a desire for order and control which is also behind the low stray cat count.

  3. What a great summary of possible reasons behind the apparent way of things here Michael. I think your point about law enforcement is a very good one and one I have not particularly mentioned. It’s true the Swiss abide by laws without question. The police do have a normal sort of presence around here, nothing over the top, and crime is extremely low. I have never lived anywhere you can leave your bike unlocked outside the supermarket, other than here. There is alot of beaurocracy and paperwork here and in a sense they really keep tabs on you at your local area council or government building. I’m not sure how or why, but it has ended up for the better in that people do stick to the rules and go above and beyond – as you said Michael – it’s very tidy. There’s a joke here that even a teenage punk will pick up his litter if an old granny tells him to. It’s true. I’d say the only parts of Switzerland that fall below this level are where the non swiss live but thats another subject. The flip side is that one might say the Swiss are pretty boring and formal and unexciting in general. But they are happy and friendly so they have no reason to care what people think. They have the oldest government in the world – last year they had their 700th birthday since the first government and forming of the country. There is not one president or minister in charge, but 7 and everything requires alot of voting and laws take ages to get passed because everybody has to agree if it is to be passed nationally. The 7 heads are from 7 states if you will that have their own slightly different laws in each of these ‘cantons’ as they are called. So the way things are here come from long and thought out processes which is why I would say that when a law gets passed, people tend to follow it and agree with it. In france they pass laws every day which nobody cares about. I guess the attitudes towards animals and laws concerning their welfare are therefore very seriously considered and I have no doubt that if you were to break one of them there wouldnt be any of this getting let off with a light sentence because its only animals type thing. They say once you break the law here they do follow through on it to the end.
    It makes sense therefore that people are the way they are here in that context.
    So futher to all this it then makes sense that in the newspaper they are talking about adding this new law concerning licenced breeding and the requirement to spay/neuter your cats. I think this sort of law will be agreable to the typical swiss person when they also read about the possibilities of serious problems down the line with homeless cats. The Swiss tend to care about laws in their communities so there’s no reason why they would not care about this one. That’s a really great thing for our cats I can tell you. In other countries I think it’s just that people don’t care. Thats the main problem. They don’t even know if such a law is being considered. Here its in all the papers and probably on TV – somebody getting a cat here will know about it – if not from somebody else who told them. It is a small country and all of what I am describing about the way of things here is partly enabled by that smallness. Zurich, the capital where I live is under 1million people and its the biggest city.
    So to conclude my copmment quickly I think Michael is right about the age of the country mixed with the laws and the abiding of them as being massivly important factors to the good situation here all in all. The number of feral cats here is just under half a million according to an article I read – also in the newspaper. They said between 2 and 3 hundred thousand as an estimate. I have not seen even one of these cats. I wonder where they are. I can’t volunteer at the local shelter because they have a waiting list and too many volunteers – how bout that 🙂 (and I have tried all of 5 or 6 in my area and they are all without need for help)

    • Thanks for adding to the page, Marc. Interesting..there are 500,000 feral cats, we are told, in London, England. It makes you think. They are estimates though and it is always going to be difficult to differentiate between a feral, stray and time share cat from behavior observed at a distance.

      • Wow I used to live in London and I had no idea there were so many. I guess the bulk of them live farther out from the center. I lived near Hammersmith/Shepherds Bush and I never really saw any at all. But I can’t imagine how they would have survived in that concrete jungle. Surely then its that they live in the suburbs of london or the statistic is drawn over ‘greater London’ which goes just about all the way to Heathrow. The center is too horrid for them to survive without at least having an outdoor caretaker who provides a bit of a shelter too.

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