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The Just Student Jobs Country guide for gap year travel in Europe - Switzerland


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Switzerland

Population: 7,262,372

Literacy rate: 99%

Life expectancy at birth: male – 76.73 yrs, female – 82.63 yrs

Infant mortality rate: 4.53 deaths/1,000 live births

Population growth rate: 0.3%

GDP growth rate: 1.4%

GDP per capita: £18,100

Unemployment: 2.8%

Inflation: 1%

TI index: 8.6

Climate: temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers.

Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz.

Websites: The Swiss National Tourist Office's website www.myswitzerland.com

More cultural info at www.about.ch

The Swiss take organisation and order to sometimes uncomfortable heights, but the whole country runs like….well, clockwork. The Swiss are sober and serious and do not take kindly to disturbances; singing in the street will get you fined, causing noise in an apartment building (especially at night) may get you thrown out. Be aware of the social distinctions between the German Swiss, the French Swiss and the Italian Swiss. Immigrant workers (Portuguese etc.) come at the bottom of the heap. If you speak French, that’s OK, German is better but Italian is merely acceptable. Switzerland continues to be a haven of stability, sensible behaviour and secret bank accounts.

Switzerland is an expensive place to live, but there are many attractions; the skiing, the museums and architecture and the cooking (especially if you have a sweet tooth).

Some social problems have appeared in recent years; the young seem now to find life too dull. Zurich has something of a drug problem, but nothing out of control – after all, this is Switzerland.

Entry requirements

As the EU has still not reached Swiss levels of acceptability, everybody has to go through the same procedure for work permits. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and the USA do not require a visa. A maximum stay of three months applies.

Vaccinations

Nothing special here.

Tax and Insurance

Tax is around 15%. Get health insurance – Swiss doctors can painlessly remove the contents of a wallet with great ease.

Getting Around

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Gap Year Programmes

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