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Jobs in Switzerland Demand Longer Commuting Time

Posted on 05 September 2008 by Mr Bureau

The lives of businessmen at work in Switzerland are no longer as simple as they once were. Between rushing to the airport, plane travel, long taxi rides, endless meetings and business lunches, career executives and businessmen in Switzerland must increasingly hunt for time to accomplish their basic daily tasks like reading their email, making phone calls and negotiating contracts.

According to analysts, the number of nomadic workers traveling internationally will rise from 800,000,000 currently to over a billion in 2011.

Switzerland has not escaped the trend toward increasing travel requirements in the workplace: the number of workers in Switzerland taking flights from Swiss airports has gone up roughly 10% between 2006 and 2007 to reach almost 16 million travelers. While a part of this traffic is simple tourism, the large part is comprised of business travelers.

The phenomenon of increasingly travel as a component of work in Switzerland has resulted in a greater levels of stress among the executives and professionals working in Switzerland. Specialized centers are cropping up to cater to the need among traveling workers to release this accumulated stress.

The Worldwide rent-an-office chain Regus has noted that businessmen are increasingly pressed to accomplish their tasks in increasingly unfavorable conditions. One common sign of this is the businessman with his laptop computer posed on his knees in the middle of an airport departure lounge or frenetic telephone calls made from rushing taxis.

The employment market in Switzerland is international, with Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Lausanne home to many large multinational companies. Cities such as Geneva have been chosen as European or occasionally world headquarters by many Fortune 500 companies.

Despite the turmoil on global financial markets and the slowdown in the European economies, with the resulting increase in joblessness, Switzerland’s has economy has so far remained robust with very low unemployment and booming luxury industries, private banking, and technology sectors.

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Living in Switzerland – Parking and Traffic Fines

Posted on 26 February 2007 by LegalBeagle

To live in Switzerland or to work in Switzerland is to get used to the greater organization and structure of Swiss life. The Swiss are serious about order. Nowhere is this more visible on a daily basis than in parking regulations. In France or in Italy, few people take parking tickets seriously. In Switzerland, the probability is substantial that if you park illegally you will get a ticket. If you are parking illegally in cities such as Geneva or Zurich, you will amlost certainly get a ticket, as these municipalities draw substantial income from parking tickets. In Geneva, CHF 20 million of fines traffic fines are assessed each year.

Ignoring your traffic fines can get very expensive. If the amount owed is substantial, the authorities come to look for you and put you in jail.


The local papers relate the mishaps of those who ignore their fines. Even if you live in neighboring France, the police eventually catch you when you drive across the border. Then you get the choice of prison time (each day equals CHF30 off your debt —

not a very enticing conversion factor unless you’re homeless) or paying your accumulated fines, plus interest, plus administrative penalties. However, by law the maximum amount of time one can be imprisoned for traffic fines is 3 months.

En 2006, the prosecutor’s office in Geneva converted more than 2500 fines into jail terms. The Swiss authorities do this when the perpetrator cannot pay the fines or when the individual is domiciled outside of Switzerland and has refused to settle the fines (and has been caught at the borders or within Switzerland). About 10 days ago a prisoner incarcerated at Champ-Dollon prison for traffic fines committed suicide (the reasons have not been determined).

When you work in Switzerland in urban centers such as Zurich, Lausanne, Lugano, or Geneva, finding parking at or near your work can be challenging (Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich are the worst parking-wise).

Paying parking lots charge on average CHF 20-25 /day and renting a permanent parking place in Zurich or Geneva (which is often necessary if you live in the city center and own a car) costs on average CHF 250/month.

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