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Category: Life in Switzerland

Traveling in Switzerland – A Guide for Visitors

‘Settling in Switzerland’ is a series of informative articles that Namaste Switzerland posts regularly. Earlier, we shared tips on life and settling in Switzerland followed by different options for learning German. Renting Accommodation was another well-received article, as was Driving in Switzerland. Shinta Simon gives us practical tips on how to travel when visiting Switzerland. Switzerland is a treat to the eyes and the soul all through the year, and especially in the summer. With spectacular hiking trails, beautiful aquamarine lakes, winding mountain passes, and more, June through August is that time of year when Switzerland beckons visitors from all...

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Driving in Switzerland

‘Settling in Switzerland’ is a string of informative articles that Namaste Switzerland posts regularly. Earlier, we shared tips on life and settling in Switzerland followed by different options for learning German. Renting in Switzerland was another well-received article. This time, Aradhna Sethi steers you into getting behind the wheel and driving in Switzerland. Public transport is best. But, it’s also true that driving your own car lends you a high degree of flexibility in your day-to-day life. However, getting a driving licence entails its own set of challenges – big and small. Yes, it is true that buying a...

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Motherhood and Autism – My Journey so far

It was World Autism Awareness Week from the 28th March – 2nd of April. The April 2nd being world Autism awareness day, our contributor, Vantika Singh, tells us her story of what does it mean to raise a child with special needs. I would have never imagined that seeing a heartbeat on my ultrasound screen would be the most remarkable moment of my life. That tiny dot was the life growing inside me and I got automatically promoted to ‘Motherhood’. Being a mother has changed my life drastically! Over the years, I have experienced the different sides of it....

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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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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #50:

    United Provinces

    During the British Rule, United Provinces was created on 01 April 1937 (and, no it wasn’t an April fool’s joke). Thirteen years later it was renamed as Uttar Pradesh (northern province). In 2000, the northern districts of the state were separated to form a new state of Uttarakhand.

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