Large urban areas with anonymous housing developments
are relatively rare in Switzerland. Children can go to
school unaccompanied by an adult in all areas of the country. Because of the largely decentralized and
spacious structure of residential areas, individuals can move freely day and night. Traffic problems are minimal
even during peak commute hours.
The availability of high-quality medical specialists, as well as renowned clinics and institutes using the most
advanced medical technologies, contribute to the fact that the public health care
system in Switzerland is among the best in the world. A dense network of public and private hospitals
provides nationwide coverage for everyone.
Approximately 10% of the gross domestic product is spent on the public health care system.
Overall quality of living
The real estate market in Switzerland offers a wide variety of options for those wishing to rent or buy a home
or apartment. Whether you choose to live in the center of town or in the surrounding areas, you will find that
the residential areas are not overly crowded, and that they offer comfort and convenience.
With the purchasing power afforded by the salary levels in Switzerland, the housing costs in the country
are reasonable, compared with other European countries.
With respect to living costs in general, again Switzerland's wage earners benefit from the purchasing power of
Mortgage interest rates
Education begins at the kindergarten level at age five or six. Primary school continues through grade six, and
secondary school continues through grade nine. With the completion of secondary school, students have completed
the compulsory school years, at which time they begin either vocational studies, or attend a higher level of
secondary school preparing them for university studies.
Employees of foreign companies often stay in Switzerland for a limited period of time. During this time, however,
it is important for their children to receive an excellent education and to achieve an academic level preparing
them for further studies in their own country.
There are numerous private and international schools in Switzerland, which teach courses in English,
German, French and Italian. As with the public school system, these schools have an excellent reputation due to
the high standard of living and pedagogic tradition in Switzerland.
These schools accept children from age three and up, and from all different nationalities. Because Switzerland
is traditionally multicultural and multilingual, the schools place a great deal of emphasis on respecting other
International boarding schools prepare foreign students for the graduation exams valid in their own country,
such as a certificate of maturity, bachelor's degree, and U.S. university admission examinations.