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Moving to Switzerland
Danish citizens, as well as all all other EU and EFTA citizens can take up residence in Switzerland if they fall under one of the following categories:
You must register within 8 days of your arrival and before actually taking up work with the communal authorities at your place of stay and apply for a residence permit. A valid ID or passport as well as a written confirmation of employment have to be presented. Health insurance must be arranged within three months.
EU/EFTA nationals may also enter Switzerland for job-hunting purposes. No permit is required for a period of up to three months. If you have not found a job after this time, a short-term residence permit will be granted for another three months' job search.
Within 8 days of your arrival and before taking up any gainful activity, you have to register with the communal authorities at your place of stay and apply for a residence permit for a self-employed gainful activity. A valid ID or passport as well as documents proving that the conditions for an effective self-employment (business plan, start-up capital, under certain conditions also registration with the register of commerce etc.) are met, have to be provided. The cantonal migration authorities can provide further details on the procedure.
Students and pensioners
To be able to obtain a permit, you have to provide evidence that you possess sufficient financial means and that you have taken out adequate accident and health insurance policies. «Sufficient financial means» means that you will not have to rely on Swiss social security benefits. Students must be registered at an officially recognised educational institution.
For more information, please visit the website of the Swiss Federal Office for Migration "Free Movement of Persons Switzerland EU/EFTA and read the brochure "European Nationals in Switzerland".
If you live in Denmark but are not a citizen from a EU/EFTA country, different rules apply to you. If you wish to move to Switzerland for work, studies or family reasons, you need to apply in advance for a residence permit through this Embassy. The procedure can last 6 to 8 weeks.
Wife or husband, children under 21, as well as children over 21 or parents whom you support count as family. Family members who are neither Swiss nor nationals of an EU/EFTA member state normally require a visa.
The basic insurance is compulsory for all persons with residence in Switzerland and covers all basic health benefits. It covers the medical services that are provided in the canton of residence of the insuree. Except for certain cases, dental treatments are not covered by the basic insurance. The benefits of the basic insurance are covered by private health insurance and are all identical. The Health Insurance Law (KVG) defines this compulsory insurance.
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Information for foreign nationals: the brochure you can download below explains the basic elements of the Swiss social insurance system in the Old-Age, Survivors’ and Disability Insurance scheme (OASI/DI, 1st pillar) and in the occupational benefit plans scheme (2nd pillar). It also provides practical instructions for the preparation of a definitive departure from Switzerland.
Swiss social insurance system
If you have your domicile in Switzerland, in principle you will be taxed in Switzerland. Switzerland has concluded a double taxation agreement with each of the EU member states. Taxation for people who are not domiciled in Switzerland is governed by the relevant agreement. Information on the various double taxation agreements can be obtained from the Federal Tax Administration.
Federal Tax Administration
Double taxation agreement (de)
Relocating to Switzerland is the main condition for being able to import one’s household effects, collections, animals or car into the country free of tax. The only requirement is that the goods must have been used by you personally for at least six months prior to importation and must continue to be used by you thereafter.
More information about relocation of goods