Living in Bern

Information for your stay

Immigration requirements, health insurance, accommodation and more.

What you need to know

The city of Bern
Bern, the capital of the Swiss Confederation, is home to the Swiss Government, the Swiss National Bank, Swiss Railways,  Swiss Post, the University of Bern and a population of about 138,000. The city is a one-hour train ride away from Basel (home of many pharmaceutical multinationals),  Zurich (one of the most important financial centres worldwide) and about two hours from Geneva, home of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and many other international organisations.
For more on what Bern has to offer check out the Bern Tourismus website.