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Moving to Switzerland?

If you are thinking of relocating to Switzerland, you are probably aware that this will not be as straightforward as, for example, moving to France or moving to Belgium. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, which means that there are important differences you must be aware of. Taxation is perhaps the most important of these differences from European states, and you will need to get some advice before moving to Switzerland, but the main points are outlined here to give you some idea.

You will become a tax resident in Switzerland if you are in the country for a minimum period of 30 days if you are working. This is extended to ninety days if you are not employed, so make sure that you let the local taxation office know exactly what your situation is. If you are planning to live there permanently you will have to apply for a Swiss Residence Permit, and it’s worth remembering that passport holders from within the European Union receive beneficial treatment when it comes to obtaining these residence permits.

Once you have received your residency permit, you must live in Switzerland to keep your residency status. If you are unable to spend 180 days a year in the country, you must ensure that you do not spend more time in any country other than Switzerland. So now you have some idea of what moving to Switzerland entails, it’s time to start planning your move, and don’t forget to book European Removal Experts to transport your belongings when you do move!

Learn the Language When Moving Abroad, Expert Advises

There are many preparations that need to be undertaken when people decide they are moving to France, moving to Belgium or heading anywhere else to live.

Writing on Tips from the T-List, blogger Nellie Huang noted that one of the most important things individuals can do is to learn the language of the country they are going to live in.

According to the expert, who is herself a seasoned traveller, this is “essential”.

She commented: “It helps you adapt to the new environment, make friends easily and integrate into [the] community.”

While many people wait until they reach their destination before signing up to an intensive language course, it can be advisable to start the process in advance as this can help make the moving process easier, she suggested.

However, the advantage of taking lessons in the country itself is that individuals are constantly talking to locals and this means they can pick things up quicker.

As well as learning the language, those moving to France, moving to Belgium or heading to other locations should make an effort to join in with the local communities, Ms Huang went on to suggest.

She remarked: “Arriving to a new country alone can be daunting. You seriously do not want to be faced with the question, ‘What am I doing here?’. The best way to get over your initial homesickness is to meet new people and make some friends.”

Going online to discover any groups that are designed to help new people meet each other can assist with this, she pointed out.

Meanwhile, exploring the area and being curious is also beneficial, the expert claimed.

These days, the process of relocating to France or another foreign country may be less daunting than it was in previous times because of the ease of communication afforded by the internet, mobile phones and other technological advances. These allow people to stay in regular contact with loved ones who are situated at home.

Belgian Bliss

Moving to Belgium is easy with European Removal Experts. We have all of the requisite expertise and professional acumen to make your move proceed smoothly and efficiently. Don’t forget, European Removal Experts can safely transport all of your prized possessions from anywhere in the UK to Belgium. So, therefore, even if you are moving to Belgium from as far afield as Ireland or Scotland, please do not let our London location discourage you. We are delighted to help our Celtic cousins move to this land of strange and fascinating statues, steak and chips, mussels, and delectable chocolate.

Brussels is a seat of power in Europe and also has a surprisingly lively nightlife, permeated with bars clubs and diverse attractions for every taste. We are sure that you will enjoy the entire process of relocating to Belgium, especially if you entrust your removals requirements to European Removal Experts.

Additionally, we are acutely aware that many British Citizens have second homes in Belgium and frequently require courier services and part load services for single items, paperwork or a small number of possessions. So, even if you are not moving to Belgium permanently, we can ensure that any correspondences and removals, no matter what size or scale, are delivered from your doorstep in the UK straight to your home on the continent. We offer a weekly removals service which cater for your every requirements, so please do not hesitate to contact us today for expert advice and guidance.

European Removal Experts are the premium purveyors of Removals Services from all UK locations to every location on the continent.

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out!

Relocating to Belgium? Moving to France? Wherever you’re off to, in all the frantic hubbub of the move, it can be difficult to hear the feeble whispers of those UK loose ends over the excited rambunctiousness of relocating somewhere fantastic!

Whether you intend to return to the UK or not, it simply makes sense to get your affairs in order before you leave.

Practicalities

Utilities – Your utility providers need to know the residential state of your home (if you have one) whether you rent it out, leave it empty, or have a friend/relative living in it rent-free. Furthermore, your mortgage provider needs to be kept in the loop too.

Health – Doctors and dentists are busy people, so don’t waste their time. Moving to Belgium etc. doesn’t mean you can’t be registered with most of your original health services in the UK.

Post – Redirecting your UK mail is crucial to cover those unforeseen notifications of various types.

Tax and Paperwork

P85 – This notifies the tax authority that you’re leaving the country, and helps ensure you’re taxed appropriately for your location.

R105 – This will prevent your savings being taxed by both the UK and your new country.

Pension – Applying for a pension forecast/update is a sensible idea, especially if you’re likely to be out of the UK indefinitely.

Will – Making a will might feel like casting a morbid shadow over the fun of moving to France etc, but it’s really just a prudent plan to cover the more unpleasant possibilities.

Don’t Waffle About Belgium

European Removal Experts is the connoisseur’s choice for any client who is moving to Belgium. Now that you have your accommodation organised and your new job secured, perhaps in the European Parliament or a deluxe chocolate factory, your only major remaining concern about moving to Belgium is deciding which removals company you can trust with all of your professional equipment, household fittings and fixtures, personal files, keepsakes, clothes and expensive gadgets.

When you choose to use European Removal Experts, you are dealing with a company with a wealth of experience of helping many customers in moving to Belgium. We have the knowledge; there is no doubt about that: from packing your possessions securely to driving steadily yet swiftly, our employees are the best in the business.

Our drivers also have that personal touch; they enjoy helping people to move and they appreciate how stressful the entire situation can be, so they will put you at ease with a reassuring chat and friendliness before they leave base in the UK. Remember, if you are relocating to Belgium from anywhere in the United Kingdom, European Removal Experts are more than happy to help.

We also provide a fantastic man with a van service for domestic removals. You can hire one of our vans complete with a highly trained removal professional who will spend the entire day helping you to remove your possessions form your home, then pack them securely and transport them to your new address.

Please take a look at our great deals for this bespoke service. So, please don’t waffle when you’re moving to Belgium, just be sure to choose Europe Removals: the connoisseur’s choice.

Belgium Dull? No Way!

If you are moving to Belgium, you’ve probably heard all the jokes about the country from your friends and family. Belgium has gained an unfortunate – and it has to be said – undeserved reputation for being a country with little going for it apart from sprouts and obscure Euro MPs.

The outburst from a British MEP just a couple of months ago, where he described Belgium as a ‘dull little country’ didn’t help the image, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Those who are moving to Germany don’t have to put up with the same jibes, so why does Belgium get such a bad press?

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it is a relatively new country, or the fact that the main language, Flemish, is impenetrable to those who don’t speak it. On the other hand, it may have something to do with the fact that the national sport is cycling, and the national dish is steak and chips, so we can safely assume that there is a certain amount of snobbery involved with this dismissal of Belgium.

The chances are you will be familiar with steak and chips, but if you are moving to Belgium and you’ve never seen world class cycle racing, then you are in for a treat. They really are mad about the sport, and crowds in excess of one million are not unusual at the country’s biggest race, The Tour of Flanders, which is held every April. So that is just one thing to look forward to if you are moving to Belgium!

Moving to Belgium Let the Experts Help You

Moving home can be a traumatic experience at the best of times, but when you are moving abroad the stress and trauma involved can be magnified many times over. If you are moving to Belgium there are some things you should be aware of before you organise your belongings to be transported across the North Sea. Although we have been members of the European Union since 1973, moving to Belgium – or moving to Germany and any other EU country – is not as straight forward as it could be, especially if you are living in Britain but you are not a UK passport holder. For example, when you are moving to Belgium you should know that for all visits of longer than 90 days a visa is required for non-EU citizens.

With the exception of Cyprus and Malta, nationals of the new European Union Member States are currently subject to transition arrangements which remain in place for two years and require a long-stay visa for those who are moving to Belgium. However, if you are self-employed you will be exempt from the visa requirement.

Now we have cleared up the boring bit about moving to Belgium, it’s time to start planning the logistics involved in getting your furniture moved. Of course, you could do it yourself by hiring a lorry, but why add to the stress by doing this? Get in touch with the people at Europemove.com and they will take care of everything for you, which means you will be free to concentrate on your new life.

German Cuisine: Beyond the Bratwurst!

On the world stage, German cuisine does not hold a  better reputation than the UK’s – and that’s saying something! However, just as there’s much more to UK cuisine than fish and chips, when if comes to German food – there’s a little more to it than the Bratwurst.

Probably due to our similar histories/cultures, there is a lot of a common ground between what we eat in the UK and what Germans eat – which will come as some comfort for anyone moving to Germany who doesn’t have the most adventurous palette.

There are, however, enough gastronomical differences to excite the food connoisseur moving to Germany. And whilst much of the food you’ll find in Germany will bear a passing resemblance to food you’ll find in the UK, things are often done a little differently.

For example, anyone moving to Germany will notice the prevalence of pickled vegetables, such as sauerkraut, which often accompany meals; Germans also love their breads, and therefore you’ll find a lot of bakeries, offering, for example, pretzels; and whilst it is not the be all and end all of German cuisine, the Bratwurst and other quality sausages also prevail in the country, making it an ideal place to live if that sort of thing is your cup of tea – or should be “stein of German beer”.

Whatever the reason for moving to germany – whether its the cuisine or otherwise – with European Removal Experts we like to think that we take the hassle out of European removals.

Belgium – Truly Cosmopolitan

Europe is a world leader for its cultural diversity, and this is in part thanks to a long history of immigration between nations; however, some parts of Europe are particularly cosmopolitan – and a nation such as Belgium is uniquely so, thanks to its rich diversity of cultures and languages.

One of the reasons why Belgium is so culturally rich is due to the diversity of official languages, and associated cultural input. Anyone moving to Belgium will immediately notice that there is no single dominant language and Dutch, French and German are spoken and taught in schools as official languages.

To confound the matter there are also loads of minority languages spoken there as well, including “Walloon“ and even Yiddish. This prevalence of diverse languages in the nation might seem daunting to anyone moving to Belgium from the UK, maybe with nothing more than a bit of GCSE French to go on, however, instead, it should comfort the British emigre that Belgium is so welcoming of immigrants to the nation.

As well as a diversity of languages, Belgium enjoys a truly unique culture; and the cuisine of Belgium, for example, greatly benefits from a variety of cultural influences; and in particular there is a strong influence from French cooking styles – which can only be a good thing!

So, whilst Belgium mightn’t be the top of your list for European destinations, moving to Belgium could be the portal onto a truly satisfying life – amongst one of the most special and diverse cultures on the planet!

Those Tricky Swiss

Moving to Switzerland is in many ways, very similar to moving to any UK address but with a longer distance to cover. The way in which it differs greatly from a UK house move, or even moving to Germany or France for example is in the need for detailed customs practices to be adhered to.

Switzerland has a fairly unique culture and a high standard of living in a beautiful environment. In order to maintain this, they do have a culture of rules and regulations that can appear prohibitive if you do not understand the correct way to navigate them. This should not be mis-interpreted as a negative statement about Switzerland; it is a very desirable place to live but you are required to respect their rules and regulations. They do have strict customs rules and for a successful move you will need to adhere to them.

The best method to navigate these rules when moving to Switzerland is to use a removal firm that specialises in such international moves and understands these rules and regulations. At European Removal Experts, we possess these credentials and will be able to assist you with any scale of move to the continent. This move may be moving to France, moving to Spain or moving to Switzerland or one of many other European destinations as well as Switzerland.

Some house moves will necessitate a dedicated van and full packing service but others may only require the moving of a select few items. With varying deadlines and schedules for each move, flexibility and a range of moving options is key to being a great removal service provider. We are able to include a period of Long and Short Term Storage with many of our house move options and aim to deliver what you need from your house move experience.