We represent the interests of Swiss people living abroad

More about the ASO organisation

 

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (ASO) represents the interests of the Swiss abroad in Switzerland. It informs compatriots abroad about what is happening in Switzerland and offers them a wide range of services.

The ASO is supported by around 650 Swiss associations and institutions throughout the world. The organisation, which has existed since 1916, is recognised by the authorities as the voice of the Fifth Switzerland. Information and advice on legal, social security and educational matters are just as much a part of the OSA's services as the publication of the magazine "Swiss Review" and a wide range of activities for young Swiss abroad.

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Banking & Finance

For several years now, access to Swiss banking services from abroad has been subject to increasing restrictions.

 

The OSA has been working for years to improve this situation, e.g. through various initiatives in the National Council and Council of States, through direct talks with banks, contacts with industry associations and the federal authorities.

 

The positive result of all these efforts is that Swiss citizens living abroad from numerous domicile countries can maintain banking relationships with several Swiss banks.

ASO Banking & Finance

E-Voting

Voters in Switzerland today cast their votes at the ballot box or by letter.

 

However, digitalisation is also changing the way votes are cast: with e-voting, it is also possible to cast votes electronically online via smartphone, tablet or computer at any time and from anywhere.

 

For electronic voting in Switzerland, persons entitled to vote receive a security code by post together with their postal voting or election documents.

ASO – E-Voting

Taxation

Switzerland has concluded double taxation agreements with various countries.

 

These agreements specify which state is responsible for which tax. These agreements are intended to prevent a taxpayer from having to pay the same tax in several countries.

ASO – Taxation

 

Social Insurance

Moving abroad has consequences for social security.

 

On the following pages you will find out how the situation is regulated with the AHV/IV, the pension fund and the health insurance.

ASO – Social Insurance

Banking & Finance

For several years now, access to Swiss banking services from abroad has been subject to increasing restrictions.

 

The OSA has been working for years to improve this situation, e.g. through various initiatives in the National Council and Council of States, through direct talks with banks, contacts with industry associations and the federal authorities.

 

The positive result of all these efforts is that Swiss citizens living abroad from numerous domicile countries can maintain banking relationships with several Swiss banks.

ASO Banking & Finance

E-Voting

Voters in Switzerland today cast their votes at the ballot box or by letter.

 

However, digitalisation is also changing the way votes are cast: with e-voting, it is also possible to cast votes electronically online via smartphone, tablet or computer at any time and from anywhere.

 

For electronic voting in Switzerland, persons entitled to vote receive a security code by post together with their postal voting or election documents.

ASO – E-Voting

Taxation

Switzerland has concluded double taxation agreements with various countries.

 

These agreements specify which state is responsible for which tax. These agreements are intended to prevent a taxpayer from having to pay the same tax in several countries.

ASO – Taxation

 

Social Insurance

Moving abroad has consequences for social security.

 

On the following pages you will find out how the situation is regulated with the AHV/IV, the pension fund and the health insurance.

ASO – Social Insurance