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Category: Swiss life

Renting Accommodation

Whether you are new to the country, or planning a move, searching for a rental place of residence can be daunting. Manasa Mukka shares some tips and tricks to find your dream accommodation. Switzerland is a small country with only a small amount of land available for accommodation. Around 65% of the population lives in rented homes – and preferably in cities. Hence, the real estate market is in high demand and the prices are steep. Homes in Switzerland are smaller and expensive. Most apartments have a sizable cellar for storage. Houses are more common outside of cities, in...

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How to wish a good/nice weekend

In our language corner, every issue we bring to you phrases that you can use in your everyday life in Switzerland. There are four official languages in Switzerland – German, French, Italian and Romansch. This issue, we bring you ways to wish colleagues and friends a ‘nice/good weekend’ in the four languages spoken in Switzerland. GERMAN Schönes Wochenende FRENCH bon weekend ITALIAN Buon fine settimana ROMANSH Buna fin...

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My Story – Rajan

Q: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF I am Rajan Thambehalli from Bangalore, India. Interestingly enough, I grew up in a family where my mother was the rule-maker, more educated and earned more than my dad. What it taught me as a young boy in India is that there is no power play between parents. My dad supported my mother in his own way and together they showed my younger sister and me that there is no such thing as the ‘traditional’ man of the house. Fast forward to now, I run a start-up while my wife works 100%....

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a 3-course meal

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, Deepty Mundhra shares her recipes – a three-course meal, made with ingredients available in most Swiss supermarkets. Deepty remembers being fascinated by Valentine’s day as a teenager. After her marriage, she began celebrating this day in a very special way, and later after her children came along, the festival took on new meaning as a family celebration. The celebration may have changed over time, but one thing remained constant… the promise of a good meal on Valentine’s Day. Food has always been a passion for Deepty, and she loves to add a twist to...

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Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri – Let’s celebrate!

Pongal, Sankranti, Lohri… known by many more names, the harvest festival was celebrated last weekend by Indians across the globe. A few of our expat readers share how they celebrate the festival as they reinvoke their childhood memories of the celebration. Divya Hegde “I come from the beautiful coastal part of Karnataka but have always been in ‘My-Bangalore’. My mother tongue is Konkani. But as a family, we speak Kannada, Marathi, English and Hindi, too. Each festival has its own charm, warmth and beauty and each one carries a unique and a strong religious and mythological value. What I...

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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #41:

    Darjeeling Tea

    In 2003, Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag. GI stands for Geographical Indication, used on products or goods corresponding to a specific geographical location.

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112 - International emergency call

117 - Police emergency call

118 - Fire Station

140 - Breakdown service

143 - Crisis line

144 - Emergency Rescue

145 - Toxin information

147 - Children emergency call

163 - Road condition