Mercer Quality of Living Survey Rates Lucerne No.7 - Expatriates Thrive with Local Support

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Lucerne was rated 7th best place to live in the Mercer Quality of living Survey in 2010, so it is no surprise that it is a favorite of many international companies who have moved into the area bringing with them a burgeoning expatriate community. The importance of supporting the needs of this community was recognized at a networking cocktail party organized by the Lucerne Business Development Center in the Crystal Hall at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Center (KLL) last week.

When moving your company or family to a new country it is essential to get to know the right people, people who can help you transition smoothly into your new environment...

Lucerne was rated 7th best place to live in the Mercer Quality of living Survey in 2010, so it is no surprise that it is a favorite of many international companies who have moved into the area bringing with them a burgeoning expatriate community. The importance of supporting the needs of this community was recognized at a networking cocktail party organized by the Lucerne Business Development Center in the Crystal Hall at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Center (KLL) last week.

Lucerne has certainly come a long way from being known internationally simply as just a thriving tourist town. Today it has gained the confidence and recognition of many international companies and people of influence, most of whom were present at the cocktail party looking for more opportunities to develop businesses and to meet potential partners in the region.

LUCERNE4YOU.ch re-launched the Panorama section of their website at the event, acknowledging that for expats to feel comfortable in their new environment they must be able to understand local customs and culture, and feel included in a vibrant, supportive community. The online expatriate platform will follow the example of its parent companies ZUG4YOU.ch and ZURICH4YOU.ch, keeping the international community in Lucerne up-to-date with timely insights into local customs and traditions and the latest news and events within the region. This month Panorama features two hot topics: ‘The impact of relocation’ and the local Swiss custom of ‘Fasnacht’.

According to the 2010 Mercer survey, Lucerne has been rated seventh out of 100 places in terms of quality of living. Important criteria included in the survey are safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transportation. The list is important because it helps multi-national companies decide where to open offices or plants and how much to pay employees.

Event hosts, Lucerne Business Development, gave a presentation on the business, economic and lifestyle advantages of the region and Patrik Wermelinger, presented an overview of the school system, housing price levels, health care and corporate tax changes soon to be implemented in the Canton of Lucerne. He said in his speech that “The most essential thing when moving your company or family to a new country is knowing the right people, people who can help you transition into your new environment, enabling a smooth new start," finally concluding that, "We can create this for you, and LUCERNE4YOU.ch will keep you well informed and connected with the rest of the Expatriate community.”

About LUCERNE4YOU.ch
LUCERNE4YOU.ch is a website and community tailored to the needs of the growing Expat and International Community in Lucerne, Switzerland. The website features local news in English as well keeping community members up to date with all upcoming events in the area. The live networking community will meet quarterly in different venues in the Lucerne area, all community members are encouraged to attend.

Visit the LUCERNE4YOU.ch website at http://www.lucerne4you.ch to learn more about life in Switzerland, to read articles about living and working abroad and to find out more about news and events for the local expatriate community. If you would like to learn more, or to advertise your services on the site, please contact Monique Vermue.

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