Life in Switzerland

Diversity in our society shapes the way people live together in Switzerland. Age, origin or social status can have a significant impact on health and social well-being.

Abstract Leben in der Schweiz

Work

Whether it's about career choices or health protection in the workplace, there is a lot of information available. One important thing is to protect underprivileged groups from discrimination.

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Was nach der Schule?

Das attraktiv aufgemachte Heft bietet Informationen für Migranten und Migrantinnen über die Bildungswege in der Schweiz und das Bildungssystem und hilft ihnen dadurch, ihren eigenen Bildungshintergrund einzuordnen und Wege für ihre Weiterentwicklung zu fin…

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Brochure for refugees and temporarily admitted persons

Recognised refugees, temporarily admitted refugees and temporarily admitted persons will be sent a copy of the brochure together with their asylum decision (in German, French or Italian). The brochure contains basic information in simple terms on topics su…

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Language learning

One effective step towards integration is to learn a national language. A large number of schools offer language courses, but various non-profit organizations and public institutions also help migrants to learn a local language.

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Publications for professionals

Learning German by yourself is no easy task, but arriving in Switzerland and trying to understand Swiss German at the same time is even more challenging. That is why we founded voCHabular. We are working together to create self-teaching materials, in the f…

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Family Literacy

'Family Literacy' is a guide for parents of primary and pre-school children with suggestions for how to encourage language skills in their families. Reading stories, talking about pictures together, playing with rhymes and songs, drawing and painting - the…

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Housing

People who are new to Switzerland have many questions about everyday life here. What is life like? How accepting are the locals? Information is available in a variety of languages to help newcomers adapt to life in Switzerland.

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 Living in Switzerland

In Switzerland two out of three people live in rented flats. The law and the respective rental contract lay down the rental terms. Nevertheless it is not easy to know all your rights and duties! This brochure will provide you with relevant information and …

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ECHO – Information about Switzerland

What is a federal state? Who can help me if I fall ill? How and why do I pay taxes? In brief: How is Switzerland organized? The updated and richly illustrated 38-page brochure published by HEKS/EPER provides answers about civil life in Switzerland. This us…

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Forced marriage

Forced marriage also occurs in Switzerland and clearly violates the rights of children and teenagers. Counselling and advice centres provide important support in the prevention of forced marriages.

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Victim Support Switzerland

Victim support is available in the event of: threats, family violence, domestic violence, bodily harm, human trafficking, robbery, sexual abuse, sexual assault, stalking, homicide, rape, traffic accident, forced marriage and other situations. Brief inform…

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Migration and asylum

Migrants and asylum-seekers find it difficult to access the healthcare system. It is important for these people to have the right information about what rules to follow.

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Brochure for refugees and temporarily admitted persons

Recognised refugees, temporarily admitted refugees and temporarily admitted persons will be sent a copy of the brochure together with their asylum decision (in German, French or Italian). The brochure contains basic information in simple terms on topics su…

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Family reunification in Switzerland

Sie sind Flüchtling in der Schweiz und Ihre Kinder sind im Heimatland? Oder sie wurden auf der Flucht von ihrem Ehepartner getrennt? Wer alles für einen Familiennachzug berechtigt ist oder welche Wartefristen es gibt, erfahren Sie in diesem Erklärvideo. …

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Health system / health care

Anyone with questions about healthcare in Switzerland will find answers here. There are many documents tailored to different target groups. Everything is available in several languages to reach as many people as possible.

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Health Guide to Switzerland

The new Health Guide provides information about prevention, health insurance and medical care. It explains the rights and duties of patients and the legal basis of the healthcare system. It also contains information about important medical facilities and a…

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The electronic patient record EPR

The electronic patient record (EPR) is a digital compilation of important information about your health. You can access your EPR at any time via a secure internet connection and can also grant access to your healthcare professionals. This gives you control…

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