“I see Switzerland as a palace at the heart of Europe”

The Swiss abroad on Instagram

25-year-old Eva Witschi wants to “explore the big, wide world” before one day returning to Switzerland to raise a family. She is currently doing just that in London.

“I felt as though I had hit a brick wall in Switzerland. I was unable to progress career-wise. In contrast, London afforded me the opportunity to work with leading international advertising agencies, something I would never have been able to do in Switzerland. Astonishingly the 40-hour working week is shorter than in Switzerland, but you are not paid for overtime. That doesn’t bother me as the experience I’m gaining here is invaluable.

London practically brings the whole world together. You can do almost anything you wish if you know where and how to look. There’s even a farm not far from here, right in the middle of a city with millions of people! You can even stroke the animals. At the weekend you can go to museums, cultural events or parties which you won’t find in Switzerland. On the other hand, life in Switzerland is much safer. That’s probably because it’s much more tranquil, uniform and straightforward.

Switzerland is a palace at the heart of Europe. I don’t think people in Switzerland appreciate that. When you move away, you realise how precious it is to grow up in such a secure environment, how little university fees cost and how short the distances are that you have to cycle or walk.

Switzerland is my home, a safe haven where I’ll probably return to in a few years’ time because I want my children to grow up in a palace, too.”


This interview was published on swissinfo.ch, the online service of the Swiss Broadcasting Company which is available in ten languages. Do you also live abroad? Add the tag #WeAreSwissAbroad to your photos on Instagram.


Comments (0)

Write new comment

Comments are approved within one to three days. The editorial team reserves the right not to publish discriminatory, racist, defamatory or inflammatory comments. Our detailed comment rules are available here.

The bottle cap comes off with a “pop”, the beer flows into the glass, bubbles rise and a frothy head forms. There is nowhere with such a wide range of...

Read more

The Swiss National Bank isn’t the only institution that issues money. Commercial banks are also involved in its creation. A popular initiative that...

Read more

Switzerland has for the second time promised 1.3 billion Swiss francs to the EU for the development of poorer Member States. However, attempts by...

Read more

Fifty years ago, it seemed in Switzerland too that the time had come to radically change the world. Fritz Osterwalder was involved in the 1968...

Read more

Auslandschweizer Organisation
Alpenstrasse 26
3006 Bern, Schweiz

tel +41 31 356 61 10
fax +41 31 356 61 01