Life Abroad...In the land of cheese and chocolate.
20 June 2011
How Do You Know You're In Switzerland...
Are charged and taxed for garbage pick up. Let me explain. Swiss cities charge between 120.00 and 150.00 CHF (up to $178) a year for garbage pick up. Plus, in order to throw out the trash, you need to buy region specific garbage bags which have a disposal-tax included . This means that ONE garbage bag may cost between 2.00 and 3.00 CHF. I like this because if you are required by law to pay a ridiculous amout for ONE garbage bag, I can guarantee that you will reduce, reuse, & recycle as much as possible. And this is the kicker...the city that I live in has a weekly garbage pick up. NOT TWICE A WEEK. Trust me, since moving here, I have learned how to limit waste.
Are required as a dog owner to obtain a dog license. And your dog is required to attend a training course with learning programs that include basic obedience exercises (like walking on a leash), socialization of the dog, and a course in town (getting on the elevator, taking the bus and train…). And believe me, the dogs here are so pleasant. The training is evident on the trains and in outdoor public areas.
Are required to get a number plate for your bicycle.
Pay a voluntary church tax. NO COLLECTION PLATES HERE. Each person's religious affiliation is documented through their state and a voluntary tax (up to 3%) is withheld from their annual income.