Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Removals to Switzerland: Living and Working in Winterthur

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Removals to Switzerland: About Winterthur

Winterthur is the 6th largest city in Switzerland, with an estimated population of 180,000 people, only 19 miles from Zurich and situated in the north of the country. It is a treasure trove rich in art, history and nature, and has many nicknames; ‘the city of culture’, ‘the region for conventions and seminars’, ‘the leisure region’, ‘the centre of photography’ and ‘the city of museums’ being just a few. Set among seven wooded hills, Winterthur has grown rapidly but kept it’s unique charm, and has more green space than any other city in Switzerland.

Removals to Switzerland: What is it Like to Live and Work in Winterthur?

The city represents an independent urban and economic centre with outstanding infrastructure - over 75,000 people are employed in one of more than 7,500 companies and enterprises. Winterthur’s central location in the European economic area and low taxes have encouraged investment, and several international corporations are based in the city, including; Sulzer, Rieter, Zimmer and AXA Winterthur. There is also space for small and medium sized enterprises, and the proximity of the University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) has encouraged knowledge exchange between business and learning. Winterthur has become an ideal breeding ground for pioneers and entrepreneurs committed to contributing to a better future.

Removals to Switzerland: Living in Winterthur

The cost of living in Winterthur, comparable with most other Swiss cities is high when compared against the UK, but it is a small price to pay for the numerous benefits. In addition to the city's excellent infrastructure, these include diversity of housing, numerous shopping and leisure facilities, strong cultural offerings and a much higher than normal quality of life. In fact, Winterthur is considered one of the best places to work, learn and live. The city is home to the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), a large multi-disciplinary centre that has transformed Winterthur into a vibrant university hub.

It is also host to a number of arts and creative festivals across the year, including the International Short Film Festival held in November, and these compliment the regular exhibitions, concerts, theatre and dance performances. The Swiss Science Centre, Technorama, offers an accessible science experience for all, and Winterthur has a further 16 museums and numerous galleries, theatres and libraries to keep you busy.

Winterthur is also known as the garden city, because of it’s many beautful parks and open spaces. It has more woodland and green areas than any other city in Switzerland, and on top of all this, Swiss cities have historically enjoy low crime rates, cleaner air and more efficient public transport systems.

Removals to Switzerland: Public Transport in Winterthur

Winterthur is served well by a good and efficient public transport system, and many say that you will not need a car at all. The city is pedestrian and bicycle friendly - in fact there are over 175 kilometres of cycle paths and lanes, giving the city a national reputation for looking after those keen on pedal power.

Winterthur Hauptbahnhof is one of the busiest rail centres in Switzerland. Zurich is only 18 minutes away and many people commute, both to and from Winterthur, daily. Around 150 express trains stop in the city every day, and most European cities are accessible within a few hours.  Zurich International airport is nearby, and can be accessed within 15 minutes by both train and car.

Removals to Switzerland: Healthcare in Winterthur
In Switzerland there is no National Health Service equivalent, so all healthcare is private and monthly health insurance premiums are compulsory. These premiums are based upon location rather than salary, so even those on lower incomes will find that their health insurance bill forms a large part of the monthly outgoings. However, studies have recently shown that premiums are lower in Winterthur that other, bigger cities in Switzerland.

As with most things in Switzerland, healthcare standards are very high, and Winterthur has a highly advanced healthcare system. Of course there are subsidised fees for children and those who are suddenly placed in a position where they are in need of it.

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