Bienvenue and welcome to Lausanne, one of the largest and most charming cities in Switzerland's French-speaking western region. As the largest platform for expatriates around the world, InterNations is here to make your relocation to this picturesque European city as easy and hassle-free as possible. Many travelers have used the resources available on our platform to find advice, information, and the answers to frequently asked questions on subjects such as salary expectations for jobs in the region, public transportation links to Geneva, and where to find the best local markets. Our members are always happy to offer tips and recommendations, and you may even make a few new friends along the way. Don't forget to share your own experiences online in our forums or in person at our events after you've had some time to settle in. A small but dynamic city with a lot of character and the stunning scenery of Lake Geneva and the Jura Mountains right on your doorstep, there's always something new to experience when you choose to spend time in Lausanne, from a stroll through the open air markets to a glass of wine or a pint of craft beer in one of the city's busy bars and restaurants.
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With two highly regarded universities, the International Olympic Committee, an acclaimed design school, and numerous art galleries and museums, the Swiss city of Lausanne certainly packs a lot of culture into a relatively small space. With beautiful lakeside views and a host of carefully tended parks and gardens, it's also a city that more than lives up to Switzerland's reputation as one of Europe's most picturesque locations. Unsurprisingly, tourism plays a major part in Lausanne's economy, although key industries such as financial services and communications also attract many business-minded expats, as does the close proximity to Geneva. The primary language of the region is French, and although English is widely understood it may be helpful to learn the local tongue, particularly if you're expecting a long-term stay in the city. The large student population inevitably influences the cultural life of the city, with a more active nightlife than you might expect for a mid-sized Swiss city, in addition to a thriving arts scene, making life in Lausanne a multifaceted expat experience that you can really make your own.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Hong Kong or Singapore, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
At InterNations we provide a safe, secure, and welcoming environment where expats in all corners of the world can share advice, recommendations, and insights about the many obstacles, challenges and opportunities of living abroad. Our members are dedicated to upholding our core principles of respect, open communication, and honesty in all of their interactions, both online and offline, meaning you can feel free to share your questions and concerns about life in Lausanne in a friendly and supportive environment. You might be looking for a tip on a rental opportunity in the area, legal advice from a trusted and qualified local professional, or recommendations for a language course, or you may simply wish to find like-minded fellow travelers to form a sports group, attend a wine tasting evening or sample the local nightlife. Whatever you're looking for, our members will be happy to help. You can also take advantage of the regular networking events hosted by InterNations in the city, allowing you to mix with fellow expats over friendly drinks, delicious food, and fabulous entertainment in one of Lausanne's top venues.