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WHATS YOUR CULTURE? WHATS IT ABOUT?
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I'm Swiss. Bad things about Swiss people are:
- We are super reserved. If you sit on a bus or stand in a line, don't talk to anyone unless you know them or they started talking to you first. If you talk to strangers, they usually look at you in panic, probably thinking something like "No! Don't talk to me! I don't have anything to say! I don't even know you!"
- Most Swiss people are very conservative. If something new is adopted in Europe (be it something political or just a trend in popular culture), it usually takes 10-20 years until it is also adopted in Switzerland. We tend to be very sceptical of new things (excluding myself here ;-))
- Everyone considers himself/herself a private sheriff. You live in an apartment block with other people and you've leaned your bike against the wall outside instead of parking it on the designated spot? Or do you share the laundry machine with other people and happen to do laundry on the wrong day? You can be deadly sure that a neighbor will ring your bell and complain about your misdeed.
- It's extremely hard to make friends. If you're able to make friends in Switzerland, you can make them anywhere in the world.
- People love rules in general
But there are also a lot of good things:
- Because we are a very small country, we tend to be very well informed about the world. So, for example, German people don't know anything about Swiss politics, but I know quite a lot about German or Austrian, or of course also US politics.
- Because we live in a small country with 4 official languages, most Swiss people are at least bilingual and generally accommodating when they talk to foreigners (they would automatically switch to the foreigner's language if they know it)
- We are super trustworthy. Did you drop your wallet with 1,000 bucks in it in the middle of the street? You can go back there an hour later it will still be lying at the exact same spot. If not, somebody brought it to the next lost and found.
- Because we love being punctual and sticking to rules, everything runs very smoothly. Trains rarely have more delay than 2 minutes.
- We love nature and do a lot of sports activities outside (also have beautiful nature to do it in)
- We are very animal friendly. Animal rights are some of the best in the world.
Ok, I admit this was more mentality than culture. So one very cultural aspect that I like is our food. It's not very divers but it's very tasty and especially cool to eat on cold winter nights (e. g. Fondue, Raclette)1
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