As with all GSGI links, we only add the ones we like, have used, or think could be useful. These recommended links for expats in Geneva have been recommended by GSGI editors or readers. In some cases, the links take you to a website for which we provided some of the content (so naturally we think it's excellent!).
The books and films have been recommended by our readers and editors. Unless mentioned, most are available at booksellers or on line. If you have a recommendation we should add to this list, we'd love to hear it (contact us).
Useful Links and Information
AngloINFO Switzerland- Really excellent resource for expats heading for --or already living in -- Switzerland, with valuable no-frills listings of everything from dentists to plumbers, schools (basic info) to hair cuts, registering your car to tax problems as well as classifieds, discussions and details about what's on in your area. Useful directories, reliable information, intuitive site....goes exactly where it says it will, in exactly the country section where you'd expect to find it.
LookSeeCity- Elegantly filmed and thoroughly researched, this smart and wide-ranging online streamed video guide lets you see and hear what life is like in Switzerland from the comfort of your computer. Learn about neighbourhoods, accommodation, schools, entertainment and get the inside story from others who've already made the move. The school information was filmed on location at each school, with general educational advice given by our GSGI editor. Also available for London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Zurich, Dubai and New York.
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Books About Geneva
Switzerland - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture by Kendall Maycock. Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.
Living and Working in Switzerland: A Survival Handbook by David Hampshire. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone contemplating a move to Switzerland. I'm living in Switzerland, and this book is the de facto bible for all expats here. Every time I meet other expats here, they ask me if I have this book! It contains accurate, concise information about all aspects of moving to Switzerland: logistics, finances, culture, etc.
Belle du Seigneur by Albert Cohen. Set in Geneva in the 1930s, Albert Cohen's endlessly inventive satire of middle-class manners and ambition revolves around Solal, a man of remarkable gifts and disappointed ideals. As Under-Secretary-General of the League of Nations, he has become disillusioned with a world dominated by personal and national interest. His one hope for redemption is through love, and he embarks on the seduction of the beautiful Ariane, wife of the dull-witted Adrien Deume, who works for Solal.
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear: A Novel by Katharine Weber. Harriet Rose, twenty-six, is an American photographer just winning recognition for her work. A travel fellowship brings her to visit her best friend and former roommate, Anne Gordon, in Switzerland. In an ongoing letter to her boyfriend, Harriet reports on strange developments in Anne's life, most notably her affair with a much older married man, which seems to be leading to a disastrous conclusion. Before she can rescue Anne, events take a series of unexpected turns, and Harriet must reexamine her own life and past, and come to terms with the difficulties and possibilities of human relationships.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen, Mary Shelley's novel of "The Modern Prometheus" chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.
Dr. Fischer of Geneva by Graham Greene. A darkly comic novel about a misanthropic millionaire who decides to hold the last of his famous parties, but this time it is to be his own deadly version of the Book of Revelation.