13 Things that Newcomers Notice about the Swiss

Sunbathing Swiss - via imgur(Photograph copyright Alexandra Wey/EPAA)

The Swiss are a peculiar bunch, to say the least.

From a very early age, we are given a savings account at a Swiss bank, are encouraged to voice our opinion and yet we learn to never really commit. We grow up inside a snow globe of security, direct democracy and compromise.

In comes you, our Newly Swissed readers. You come from all walks of life, and maybe you have never trusted a bank or voiced your opinion publicly. With your eyes wide open, you must be looking at the residents of this Alpine republic, noticing these 13 things:

 

The Swiss like to get up nice and early – even on weekends! On Saturdays, it is not uncommon to find a bunch of shoppers hang out at the grocery store entrance before the opening at 8 AM.

 

 

Your average Swiss is modest, disciplined, reliable, hard working, sincere and discreet. In short: Very unsexy yet the dream of any mother-in-law.

 

Cheese fondue is a true winter dish. End of story. Or at least, this is what 95 percent of Swiss seem to believe.

 

Their national dishes are built around cheese.

 

They add Aromat seasoning to everything.

Grocery Shopping Migros Switzerland - Aromat

 

When it comes to clothing, there is a public space and a private space. For public appearances, many Swiss coordinate their colors and make sure they look presentable at all times - even to pick up milk at the store. When it comes to their private quarters, however, wearing a track suit is A-ok!

Vevey - Pedestrian Crossing

 

They have a tendency to claim tables in restaurants and "reserve" seats with their coats.

 

Summers are notorious for traffic jams. Sure, everyone with a car is trying to get someplace nice. But does it help that summer is also the main season for road construction projects?

 

 

Many Swiss will apologize that they do not speak English very well - in perfect English grammar and intonation!

 

The Swiss respect their Sundays: No noise, no chores, no hassle. Instead: Brunch with friends or walks in nature.

 

Many apartment complexes have a shared laundry facility. Nobody seems to complain that they get to wash their laundry only once per week - or even once every two weeks!

Swiss Shared Laundry Room System

 

The Swiss have this thing where they apologize for the mess in their apartment. This is true even though there is no clutter, and even the windows are sparkling clean.

 

In some countries, parties are just getting started by midnight. In Switzerland, it seems that the lights go out by 11:30 PM...

 

Swiss hosts start to clear the kitchen while the party is still going.

 

And last but not least: The Swiss seem to believe that spontaneity is fine - as long as it is planned!

 


(Photographs copyright Dimitri Burkhard, feature photograph copyright Alexandra Wey/EPAA)

Follow me

Dimitri

As the founder, editor and community manager of Newly Swissed, Dimitri owns the strategic vision. He is passionate about storytelling and is a member of the Swiss Travelwriters Club.

Dimitri loves discovering new trends and covers architecture, design, start-ups and tourism.
Follow me
  • Cammy

    When you enter a doctor’s office everyone sitting there greets you with a “Greutzi” (hello)
    When you have an empty seat next to you on a train, people politely ask if it’s free.
    You better be prepared with your grocery bagging and paying because everyone else is ready for their turn.
    Returning merchandise is frowned upon. You better have your receipt and have a good reason!
    Before you know it you’ll be a pro at the local cuisine – making Aelpermagronin for dinner at least once a night.
    Your out of town guests might want to buy an extra suitcase to load of the multitude of types of chocolate bars at Migros.

    • newlyswissed

      Great inputs all around! Thanks for sharing 😉 ^Dimitri

      • Cammy

        Sure!

  • Olivier

    These are soooo swiss german clichés…maybe you should come one day to the french speaking part …you know, it’s Switzerland too!

  • “Add Aromat to everything” ahahahah