Useful information / links


Official website for the Canton of Valais
Valais/Wallis cantonal promotion site

Working, living, cost of living

Comprehensive information portal from the Swiss authorities
Residence and work permits
Embassies and consulates

Social security


Switzerland as a place to live and work

National comparison of the cost of living in the Credit Suisse “Disposable Income” survey


Swiss Railways (including transport timetable information; Valais car train through the Lötschberg tunnel, Furka pass, Simplon pass)
PostBus Switzerland
Carsharing (4 locations in Upper Valais)

Healthcare, medical care,social services

Hospitals in Valais health network
Sozialmedizinisches Zentrum Oberwallis (Upper Valais social and healthcare centre)
Social services information for Switzerland


Primary schools:
Kindergartens and primary schools in almost every commune Lower secondary schools (intermediate schools) in all the major centres

Middle schools (secondary stage II) in Upper Valais:
«Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus» upper secondary school in Brig offers possibility of taking the bilingual (German-French/German-English) baccalaureate
«Kollegium Spiritus Sanctus» sports upper secondary school in Brig
«St. Ursula» Upper Valais middle school

Vocational schools (secondary stage II) in Upper Valais:
Vocational schools in Brig (construction, hospitality management, business and service industry) and Visp (technology, chemistry, healthcare)
Landwirtschaftliche Berufsschule (agricultural college) in Visp

Universities of Applied Sciences:
University of Applied Sciences and
Arts Western in Visp, Leukerbad, Sierre und Sion
Teacher Training College in Brig
ECAV School of art and design in Sierre
HEMU School of music in Sion
Distance Learning University in Brig

Universities in Switzerland

University campuses in Sion:
École polytechnique fédérale de
Lausanne (EPFL)
University of Lausanne
University of Genf

Swiss Distance Learning University, study centre based in Brig

International schools/colleges:
«César Ritz Colleges Switzerland» international hospitality management school in Brig
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Bluche
European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee

Private schools in Bratsch, Sion und Montreux:

Child daycare centres in Upper Valais

«Sunnämeijä» Reckingen
«Gogwärgi» Lax
«Gletscherfloh» Bitsch
«Mogli» Naters
«Ringelreija» Brig (3 facilities)
«Spillchischta» Visp
«Goldgüegi» Stalden
«Murmeli» Saas-Fee
«Kinderparadies» Zermatt
«Marzipan» / «Puderzucker» Zermatt
«Sunnublüämu» Steg
«Purzilböim» Leuk
«Thermi» Leukerbad

Information on further daycare centres, childcare, etc. can be found on the website for each municipality

Nature, culture and events

Valais/Wallis Promotion – official tourist information site (including events and highlights)
Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
Binntal Nature Park
UNESCO Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage Site
Culture Valais (including all institutionsand cultural diary)

Further tourist information can be found on each destination’s website.

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