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Introducing us to the rest of the building

well, before I am told to have looked on the threads, perhaps I put in the wrong key words....

So, we are moving soon to a new building, as I already have the keys to the property, I thought of putting a note (together with a bar of nice Swiss chocolate) in the letterbox of all of our new new neighbors explaining who we are and a picture of us (and our pets)

now, is this too much? how do I do this the "swiss way"

thanks, ye wise EF!!!
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

Write the note, addressed individually if possible.

No chocolate with the letter - in my neighborhood that would be seen as over the top, even negatively. Save the chocolate gifts for when you visit a neighbor's home.

And no pictures - too intimate for an introduction.

YMMV, as always.
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

If you've already met the stairs and lift, washroom, cellar and parking, I don't think there's any other parts of the building, you need to be introduced to.
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how do I do this the "swiss way"
The Swiss way is that you don't introduce yourself to the rest of the building.

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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

Best is to move in on a Sunday.
Make sure you have a lot of friends helping you and close the day with a spectacular moving in party.

Everyone in your neighbourhood will know you
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

you are kidding, right?


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Best is to move in on a Sunday.
Make sure you have a lot of friends helping you and close the day with a spectacular moving in party.

Everyone in your neighbourhood will know you
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

We were told that as soon as you move into the building you should go around the building and knock on each door and introduce yourself. You can bring a small bit of food or not. We were also told it would be welcome to then invite the building over for wine (with precise arrival and departure times of course). It would be nice also to give out a piece of paper with your email (so the neighbors can contact you when you make too much noise).
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

We were instructed by our Swiss relatives to also go around to our neighbours in the building and introduce ourselves. We did and 4.5 years later these folks are still the best neighbors (all Swiss) we've ever had anywhere we've lived.
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well, before I am told to have looked on the threads, perhaps I put in the wrong key words....

So, we are moving soon to a new building, as I already have the keys to the property, I thought of putting a note (together with a bar of nice Swiss chocolate) in the letterbox of all of our new new neighbors explaining who we are and a picture of us (and our pets)

now, is this too much? how do I do this the "swiss way"

thanks, ye wise EF!!!
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It's weird.
What's the building like? Meaning how many families? If it's a 4 flat building, it's different than a 20 flats building...

Forget the picture thing, not only its rather strange, but also it makes problems: like are they supposed to bin your picture afterwards or to keep it???
For the chocolate, it sounds like a pervert trying to attract kids

In short in my opinion:
-if it's small building (< 5 flats) then eventually knock around and say hi.
-if it's big building to the same but only to the neighboring flats (like side, front, above, below).

I think the Swiss would appreciate to know who you are, so they can accurately report you in case of any problems
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

Thanks everyone! So would have to find a suitable time (yes, Sunday at 10:30 PM may not be it ) and shake hands .... saves on chocolate but right now so short on time I was prepared to pay in chocolate...

As for the party ... maybe latter when they all know us and we can play the "find the bottle of wine" game (AKA help me unpack all these boxes I can't believe I got!)
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Forget the picture thing, not only its rather strange, but also it makes problems: like are they supposed to bin your picture afterwards or to keep it???
They can do whatever they want with it as long as they know my pets and not chase them off the grounds when they see them - we have outdoors cats.... But good point, pictures not needed (PHEW!)

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We were instructed by our Swiss relatives to also go around to our neighbours in the building and introduce ourselves. We did and 4.5 years later these folks are still the best neighbors (all Swiss) we've ever had anywhere we've lived.
That's what our newest neighbours did.

We invited them in for a chat but I'm sure if we had been busy, they would have been happy for a handshake on the doorstep.

If they are of the older generation, make sure you use the formal Sie rather than du when speaking to them.
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

I've never, ever heard of, or been advised to introduce ourselves when we moved into a new building.
Maybe it's because people are so friendly in Fribourg, they don't feel the need to ingratiate themsleves with new neighbours from the outset .
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

We moved about a year ago to Switzerland and besides greeting our neighbours whenever we ran into each other, we didn't do anything special.

However, about a month later a new neighbour (Swiss) who moved in just after us, left a note in everyone's mailbox inviting to some drinks at his place to get to know each other. He didn't do this with much time in advance and we had other plans, so we left a note to explain why we wouldn't come. Apparently no one else turned to his apero because of the short notice. A few months later another set of neighbours (Swiss) moved in and also invited us for drinks / fingerfood at their place, and this time everyone did show up. We were told this is pretty much a standard in small buildings, particularly in German Speaking Switzerland.

If you do a quick search you will find a few more details about what to bring, or how to invite, etc. If you look up "apero neighbours Switzerland", you will find more info about it.
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They can do whatever they want with it as long as they know my pets and not chase them off the grounds when they see them - we have outdoors cats.... But good point, pictures not needed (PHEW!)
They probably won't like the fact you have cats, any cat shit anywhere will be your fault. Don't be surprised if your asked to move out, the Swiss are not a tolerant lot.
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

Do what YOU feel is the decent thing to do! I call it "Lead by example". Unless you live in CA Fribourg next door to Paddy, everybody should be appreciative of any kind gesture...even if they might not show you this appreciation in the most expressive manner.


It gives you bonus points for your future (good) neighbourly relationships!
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well, before I am told to have looked on the threads, perhaps I put in the wrong key words....

So, we are moving soon to a new building, as I already have the keys to the property, I thought of putting a note (together with a bar of nice Swiss chocolate) in the letterbox of all of our new new neighbors explaining who we are and a picture of us (and our pets)

now, is this too much? how do I do this the "swiss way"

thanks, ye wise EF!!!
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We knocked on every door and introduced ourselves to each family. (well, to the adults at least) I've seen that done by Swiss people before so I assumed it was the Swiss way. No chocolate, just a handshake and a smile.
(there are only 5 apartments so it wasn't a big deal)
Or, you can organise an apero, which seemed a bit too much for me tbh. But I've been invited to other neighbours' apero, so there are two Swiss ways actually.
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Thanks everyone! So would have to find a suitable time (yes, Sunday at 10:30 PM may not be it ) and shake hands .... saves on chocolate but right now so short on time I was prepared to pay in chocolate...

As for the party ... maybe latter when they all know us and we can play the "find the bottle of wine" game (AKA help me unpack all these boxes I can't believe I got!)
If they don't answer the door, you can bring a guitar and serenade them through their window. In my case, I instructed my young daughter to pick some flowers from a field to hand them. That went over quite well. They thought she was "sehr herzig". It would have been odd if I had handed flowers to them. They probably would have thought I was trying to romance them.
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

Call me antisocial but I have to say that the whole idea of an apero is a bit daunting as inevitably it ends up with the foreigners (us) being a bit left out from the Swiss German chat - I have had the odd experience of being the "odd one out" in my own home and not keen to repeat it. May go around to my floor at least to say "hello" in person and will deal with the other floors in the coming weeks.

As for everyone not liking my cats ... there are other pets in the building so for sure some cats will not like the new cats... so will try to figure this one out as we go on.

Will report back some of the experiences :-)
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Re: Introducing us to the rest of the building

uh-oh.....I did absolutely none of the above......shame on me
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