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Property: In which Swiss cantons are homes the cheapest – and the most expensive?

Property prices in the most expensive Swiss canton are four times that of the cheapest. Here's how each of Switzerland's 26 cantons rank.

Property: In which Swiss cantons are homes the cheapest - and the most expensive?
Interlaken, Switzerland. Photo by Tranmautritam from Pexels

Despite its small size, Switzerland’s 26 cantons are incredibly diverse. This is true from language to culture – and with regard to wealth. 

A study completed by Zurich property firm Lazi and published in Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes shows the dramatic price difference from canton to canton. 

Each of Switzerland’s 26 cantons are ranked from first to last on the basis of how much it costs to buy a single family home. 

READ MORE: Where in Switzerland are the rents cheapest and most expensive? 

The average across Switzerland is a pricey CHF1,255,000 for a single family home, indicating how difficult it is for many people in Switzerland to get on the property ladder. 

As The Local Switzerland wrote about earlier in August, Switzerland has the highest percentage of renters in Europe and is the only country where more than 50 percent of homes are rented rather than owner-occupied. 

READ MORE: Why do so many Swiss prefer to rent rather than buy their own home?

The most expensive regions of Switzerland are the geographical centre, along with the larger cities of Geneva, Zurich and Basel. 

Rural cantons are comparatively cheap, however they are still expensive when it comes to prices in neighbouring countries. 

Where in Switzerland are homes the cheapest?

The cheapest canton when it comes to buying a single family home in Switzerland is the north western canton of Jura. 

According to Lazi, buying a home in this canton will cost you CHF587,000. 

Glarus is slightly higher at CHF771,000, followed by Valais at CHF783,000. 

In a separate study looking at cost of living, Valais was also the cheapest canton to live in for a family. 

Cost of living: Which Swiss cantons are the most expensive? 

There were 11 more cantons where a home costs less than one million francs, Solothurn, Freiburg, Thurgau, Schaffhausen, Appenzell Ausserhoden, St Gallen, Neuchatel, Bern, Uri, Aargau and Ticino. 

The Swiss capital of Bern is in the middle of the rankings when it comes to average cost, which is relatively unusual in Europe for a capital city. (Although maybe it’s not technically the capital). Photo by Alexandre Perotto from Pexels

Where in Switzerland are homes the most expensive?

The priciest canton for buying a single family home in Switzerland is Zug, where it’ll set you back an average of 2,109,000 francs. 

It is perhaps no surprise considering that Zug is also the canton in Switzerland which has the most millionaires, along with neighbouring Schwyz. 

READ MORE: Which Swiss canton has the most millionaires?

Geneva is the next most expensive canton where a house costs CHF2,093,000, followed by Zurich (CHF1,770,000). 

Basel City keeps the trend of cities being expensive, going in fourth place with an average cost of CHF1,748,000. 

Finally Schwyz – where there are 16 millionaires for every 1,000 taxpayers – is in fifth place with an average house price of 1,503,000. 

The full list

Zug: 2,109,000

Geneva: 2,093,000

Zurich: CHF1,770,000

Basel City: CHF1,748,000

Schwyz: 1,503,000

Vaud: 1,367,000

Basel Country: 1,331,000

Nidwalden: 1,310,000

Swiss average: 1,255,000

Lucerne: 1,178,000

Obwalden: 1,068,000

Graubünden: 1,028,000

Appenzell Innerrhoden: 1,000,000

Ticino: 999,000

Aargau: 989,000

Uri: 973,000

Bern: 960,000

Neuchatel: 941,000

St Gallen: 940,000

Appenzell Ausserhoden: 896,000

Schaffhausen: 889,000

Thurgau: 888,000

Freiburg: 859,000

Solothurn: 821,000

Valais: 783,000

Glarus: 771,000

Jura: 587,000

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How to avoid wasps this summer in Switzerland

Milder winters and springs mean we see more wasps in Switzerland this summer. Here is how to legally (and successfully) avoid them.

How to avoid wasps this summer in Switzerland

If you feel like you are never alone anymore – because there is always a pesky little wasp around – and the number of nests has grown significantly this summer, this might be the case.

As the planet gets hotter and winters and springs have milder temperatures, there are more wasps than usual buzzing around Europe this summer.

In France, pest control companies even call 2022 the “year of the wasp”, as The Local France reported.

More wasps are buzzing around – and they are angry

There is an abundance of wasps this summer even in Switzerland and they are not exceptionally good-natured right now, according to Daniel Cherix, a leading insect specialist at the University of Lausanne. The more wasps there are, the more in competition they are for food sources — which includes your outdoor barbecue food or bottle of soda.

The hot weather makes it easier for the wasps to work more hours feeding the larvae. However, the longer and harder they work, the more tired and hungrier they become.

READ ALSO: Why Switzerland is abuzz with ‘tired and angry’ wasps

This means that, just like their human counterparts, they need to rest and eat, making a beeline for the nearest food source.

“If there is no prey, they have to fly longer. So they will start to get tired and angry”, Cherix said, which doesn’t bode well for the nearest available human.

This situation is expected to worsen until the autumn; until then, the wasp colonies will continue to get bigger and presumably angrier and more tired.

How can I avoid wasps?

Even though the number of wasps is rising in Switzerland, only two of the nine local wasp species are attracted by human food. Additionally, they are all peaceful as long as you don’t get too close to their nest, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment says.

The government also states several measures that can be taken to avoid wasps. It reiterates, though, that if any of these animals are nearby, it is vital to “behave calmly and not to make hectic movements that could make the wasps feel threatened”.

wasp nest bee hive

Some nests are harmless and shouldn’t be disturbed. (Photo by Ante Hamersmit on Unsplash)

Wasps can be kept away by insect screens, covering food and drinks served outside, drinking sweet drinks with a straw when outdoors, and removing and cleaning dishes and food after eating out. The Environment office also recommends removing fallen fruits under fruit trees in the garden to avoid attracting was.

People can also spray individual wasps (but never nests!) with water to get them to fly away.

READ ALSO: Swiss study says bee-harming pesticides present in 75 percent of honey worldwide

To prevent nesting, it’s important to close small openings in and around your house. Wasps like to nest in dark, shelter places, such as attics and any holes in the buildings. Recognising a nest early can help you prevent it from growing and adopt the proper measures – such as calling specialised assistance if necessary.

What to do if I find a wasp nest in my home?

There are specific rules of conduct to be followed if you find a wasp nest, especially since wasps will attack if they feel their nest threatened. Wasps stings are usually harmless unless you are allergic, but they can be painful.

A relocation could be necessary if the nest is near homes with children, allergic people or the elderly. If it is harmless or summer is close to ending, though, many specialists will advise you just to wait it out – wasps will die when it gets cold.

A specialised service needs to be hired if the nest needs to be relocated.

The last resort is to kill the nest using chemicals, but this needs to be done by specialists with federal approval to use such biocides. In some cantons, environmental protection rules forbid using chemicals without a proper license.