Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. Zurich is Switzerland's main commercial and cultural centre. Switzerland is in Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy. The climate is temperate, but varies with altitude with cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters and cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers. The official languages are French, German and Italian. Romantsch, a language with both German and Latin roots, is commonly spoken in the south-eastern Graubunden / Grisons region. English is widely spoken, though Swiss people will be pleased if visitors are able to exchange a few words in a local language. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Switzerland is one of the world's most stable economies. Its policy of long-term monetary security and bank secrecy has made Switzerland a safe haven for investors, creating an economy that is increasingly dependent on a steady tide of foreign investment. The Swiss tend to be formal both in business and social settings. Expatriate business dress is primarily a formal suit. The security risk for expatriates in Switzerland is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime and the underlying threat of terrorism. Other risks include the severe winter weather. The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Banking is on a par with the rest of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Zurich is 390,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is -0.9% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Zurich, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Zurich as at 1 April 2016 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Zurich is for example 89.3% more expensive than Thailand for groceries, 75.3% more expensive for household costs than Bangkok, and 112.9% more expensive for transport costs than Timor-Leste. The hardship premium for Zurich for an expat from Bursa, is for example -20%, i.e. host location (Zurich) premium of 10% minus home (Bursa) location premium of 30%. Zurich is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Zurich? Register subscribe to your home location and Zurich and run your personalised reports.