Re: Re: Switzerland to limit number of second homes

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Well, I think Mark deserves some support on this one! This is about ensuring local people can find somewhere to live and highly desirable locations the world over do this – close to home in the UK we have Jersey, Guernsey and (courtesy of the Duchy of Cornwall’s freeholds) the Scillies. If you don’t provide enough affordable accommodation for the ordinary folk who live in a country then you destroy the very culture that attracted you there in the first place. Switzerland has very limited building land – (it’s the mountains that do it) and by restricting non-Nationals from buying they make more of that land available, by default for the Swiss. The article acknowledges that defining a “second home” is the tricky bit, but the principle is sound. (And the food is indeed great and most Swiss people I know are cool, liberal and a bit embarrassed about the whole Nazi gold thing!).