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| || |I sort of live in a bubble and also in Ticino which might be considered the most laid back area of Switzerland, so this topic is a bit tricky for me to judge personally.
I've had several conversations with people who live here, as well as those who don't, about the "oppressiveness" of Switzerland. One new friend recounted a story about her former Zurich neighbours insisting that she repark her car which was parked in her own spot. Though it was within the parking lines, it wasn't centered enough within those lines, so they made her move her car.
It seems to have been the straw to break the camel's back to make her move from the Swiss German area.
Do any of you feel oppressed here? Or do you have friends or family who don't like visiting because they find the Swiss too "uptight" and "regulated"?
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Just the other day I was recounting to some incredulous italian friends:
a) My dad in the 50s took a car ride, exiting CH from Gandria and the re-entering through Chiasso. (anecdote: on Lake Como ordinary folk were sitting by the road, watching the cars ride by. Nowadays they'd probably hurl stones and insults...)
He had to fill out a form in Lugano and was then held for some hours in Chiasso to be questioned...
b) My dad's brother, who lived in ZH, decided to leave the country (in the 50s) after he discovered that the police had harassed an unmarried woman who lived on his same street, culpable of having had an affair with a married man. Polizeistaat and all that.
So yeas - I suppose that Switzerland was a little bit like old Japan: insular, closed to and wary of outsiders and oppressively disciplined.... i.e.... "swissness"?