33 More Signs That You’re Becoming Swiss

There comes a point in everyone's life when they wonder: "Who am I, really?" If you have caught yourself doing any of the below things, the answer to this loaded question is going to be very straightforward: You are becoming Swiss!

We have covered some surefire signs that you're becoming Swiss before. But if you are still unsure, go on and read this list...

You know you're Swiss if:

You think it is safe to watch Swiss fighter jets from a nearby mountain...

Signs you are becoming Swiss - Swiss Air Force


You punch your newspaper pages to turn them.


You voted against the basic right of six weeks of vacation.

Swiss Direct Democracy in Switzerland

You think that Sunday should be a day of rest.


You get interested in Schwingen.


You have a view from your office that other people save up their whole lives to go see!


You often think that you live inside a postcard.


You have declined an invitation because you had to clean your apartment (!)


You know where each cat in your town belongs.

Signs More Swiss - Swiss Cats

You carry an empty bottle to the city to fill it with fountain water.

Switzerland Fountain Water

In a cafeteria, you grab a table and reserve it before getting food. That's normal though, no?


You walk to the store with an empty paper bag.


And you remove your produce from all the plastic clamshells right at the store to reduce waste at home!


Or you consider shopping across the border in the Euro zone.


Either way, you wonder why anyone would want to shop outside of working hours.


You start planning a two hour trip several weeks in advance.


You stop to like peanut butter.


Instead, you start judging the quality of the whipped cream on pastries.

More Signs that you are becoming Swiss - Whipped Cream

You consider food with garlic in it to be spicy.


And you buy a new ski suit every year to keep up with ski fashion.

More Signs that you are becoming Swiss - Ski Fashion

You appreciate the differences between the cantons.


You feel comforted by quad-lingual courtesy announcements that your train is running three minutes behind schedule.


You get asked whether you speak Swiss.


You don't think it's funny when someone confuses Switzerland with Sweden. Seriously.


Your only bumper sticker reads "CH".


You get annoyed when the car ahead of you doesn't turn off its engine at a traffic light.


You decide not to understand irony.


You think spontaneity is OK, as long as it's planned.


You apologize for being two minutes late for an appointment.


You become interested in the myriad of insurance offerings.


You deliberate which lake to either bike, hike or roller blade around on the perfectly maintained paths through the woods that might occasionally block a view of the mountain!


You like to get up at six o'clock in the morning.


You hear the name "Justin Bieber" and you immediately think of "Biberli"!

Justin Bieber vs. Appenzeller Biberli

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  • Anna

    Wow! Apparently I’m not Swiss then, only about 4-5, maybe 6 of those apply to me! Maybe you should revise your list to get a better quota 🙂 But maybe it’s not your fault and you only know very weird Swiss people…. 🙂 But I like your way of connecting Bieber with Biberli! 🙂

    • admin

      Thanks for revealing your score, Anna! Got any more unmistakable signs to share?

  • Moonchild

    You don’t watch ice skating anymore, but you never miss men’s tennis.

  • Hubi

    You only read the Blick because of the sports section.

  • Moonchild

    You save your old bread for sheep or ducks.

    • admin

      Good ones! Keep those signs of being Swiss coming – they will surely make it into a future post!

  • Hubi

    Your kids walk to school.

  • I think I should move somewhere else than xD
    Seems like the only thin Swiss about me is my passport 😉


  • Andrea

    You have a compost container on your window or in your garden, you get mad when the bus is 1 minute late, the kids in the kindergarden have a reflective scarf thing on when they walk to the kindergarden alone, and you keep the old bread so you could feed the ducks on the lake 🙂

    • dimitri

      Great ones, Andrea! Thank you very much for sharing…

    • Pascal Winnen

      You have 3 kids in school and they all have different start and end times…

  • Natalie

    you can never have enough cheese and you judge people (& their driving skills) by the Kanton given on the license plate.

  • Canadian in Swiss

    The Swiss may punch the paper to flip the pages… but what care they give said papers when recycling! They are bundled into perfectly uniform packages, tied with a special knot, and stacked curbside like a neat little paper-bundle wall! At this point, it looks like the papers may not have even been read, let alone punched!

    • newlyswissed

      Very well observed! I love how you “tied” the newspaper flipping to the impeccable recycling manners – no pun intended! ^Dimitri

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  • Agent

    Hillarious xD wait that means one point was wrong there was one saying u dont unterstand ironyand im swiss also a lot of them are actually true

  • Haniya Ahmad

    I think I should move somewhere else than xD
    Seems like the only thin Swiss about me is my passport 😉 best
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  • You get annoyed about the lousy public transport abroad. I was watching Train Spotting Live on BBC4 and they were talking about that GB should be proud to have invented the train. I looked at my British partner and said, ‘Yes sure, but we Swiss perfected it!’
    Here in the UK, when you have to get somewhere you might have a train there. But boy, it’s going to be a pain in the backside to get back home again. I am not surprised anymore that everyone drives around locally in their cars.