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Europe's Highest Salaries

There are many different reasons people decide to move to a foreign country. I am not talking about refugees of any kind, since they usually do not have a choice to leave their homes. I am talking to about   people who are actually living quite comfortably but then decide to pack up their things and move to another corner of the world. Some move for ideological reasons, some for love, some for adventure, some simply for a change in their daily routine, and some - obviously - move for a job. Actually, I believe that there is a large percentage of American and European expats whose relocation is job related. That would actually be a pretty interesting statistic to have, don't you think?!

Anyhow, when considering a move abroad one should definitely take the local job market and salary situation into account. And this is where Switzerland is at its best: very low unemployment rate (under 5%) and high salaries. In Europe only Denmark features higher average annual salaries than Switzerland:
  1. Denmark: 58'840 EUR
  2. Switzerland: 56'509 EUR
  3. Luxembourg: 49'316 EUR
  4. Netherlands: 45'215 EUR
  5. Belgium: 43'423 EUR
  6. Germany: 42'400 EUR
  7. Austria: 41'123 EUR
  8. Finland: 40'122 EUR
  9. Sweden: 40'008 EUR
  10. United Kingdom: 39'626 EUR
Compared to the average annual salary in the US (somewhat over 30'000 EUR) many European must seem very attractive as working locations. However, cost of living in Europe and especially in Switzerland is also much higher than in the US. Zurich was voted world's most expensive city more than once!

Money - Benjamin Klack  / pixelio.de




Source: eurostat


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