Swiss cities

If Switzerland is the country of your expat dreams but you’re not sure where to settle then read all about the countries major cities.


The capital city of Switzerland is the fourth most populous city in the country with a city centre that is classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The city was made the Swiss capital in 1848 when the Swiss Federal state was formed. Other cities competed for the title of capital and Bern was chosen to placate all of the various rivals. With the city being Switzerland’s Federal capital it has become the political centre for the nation and many of the cities citizens work in federal departments.

The main sights to see in Bern include the historic city centre the famous ‘Time bell’ or Zytglogge and the gothic cathedral that dominates the landscape.


Bern was founded in 1191 and was named after the first animal to be found during a hunting trip. Luckily the animal found was a bear.

Bern is home to the highest cathedral spire in Switzerland which stands at 101 metres

The Bernese dialect is famous in the rest of Switzerland for being rather slow. It sounds almost as if someone is taking a leisurely stroll through the woods while humming a merry tune.


Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with a population of 1.83 million people living within its metropolitan area. Located in the north-central region of the country, Zurich sits on the north-western edge of Lake Zurich and is a travel hub for not just Switzerland but Western Europe as well. Zurich airport and Zurich railway station are the largest and busiest in the country. The city is around 2000 years old and was founded by the Romans who called it Turicum. Zurich is also a global financial centre and home to a large number of financial institutions and many of the world’s largest banks. The city is a popular destination for expats working in the financial sector.


Zurich is home to the largest clock face in Europe.

There are more than 1200 fountains in the city.

World football governing body, FIFA, is based in Zurich.


Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland and the dominantly French speaking area of Switzerland. It is located in the economic area called the ‘Great Geneva-Bern area’ which is comprised of 2.9 million inhabitants. It is one of the world’s most important financial centres in the world and is regularly list at the city with the third best quality of life for expats. Geneva is the home of the United Nations second largest base and is often known as ‘Peace Capital’. It was ranked as the tenth most expensive city in the world in 2013.


Out of the population of about 460,000 nearly 40% are foreigners and you’re more likely to hear English than the official regional language, French.

The wristwatch was invented in Geneva by Patek Philippe in 1868.

Being a landlocked country, it is a weird fact that Geneva’s yacht club won the America’s Cup in 2007.