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What do you think of Swiss Germans?

Dear All - please give me your feedback on how do you as expats find Swiss Germans in daily life and in work life. I must admit that we have been here for a number of years and we find them VERY HEAVY and VERY BORING and are seriously thinking of moving to the French part of Switerland. Please do give me your feedback esp if you can also give me some feedback on living in the French part vs the Swiss part. Thanks.
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we find them VERY HEAVY and VERY BORING
They are less boring in their own language.

They are also significantly less boring than bankers and other high level professionals.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

Some are great,some are Ok,some are odd, some are horrible.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

Most people carry whatever baggage they have wherever they go. I think that Zurich, being a very international city would be the best bet in Switzerland. Don't expect major changes coming to this end of the country.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I think they’re so great I married one, but, she was the farmers daughter !
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I work on a team of all Swiss, they are nice, easy going, friendly and helpful. We dont hang out on the weekends but I really find pleasent to be around. Socially I spend alot of time with the Swiss and its wonderul. Not all of them, but the mix is the same as at home. In general I would say that as community Swiss Germans are no more boring then people in other places.....

Interestingly enough someone once told me that only boring people get bored, and Swiss are usually doing way too much to bored. Biking, hiking, cycling, etc.....
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

Never thought they're boring just music makes me somewhat melancholic.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

So in other words yet another thinly veiled "lets moan about Swiss Germans" thread, under the guise of "What is your opinion on the matter". Great.

Who's betting Flower speaks no German and expects the Swiss to bend over backwards to accomodate her Englishness.

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Interestingly enough someone once told me that only boring people get bored.
Bored quickly, at any rate.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

One of my very best friends is Swiss German. He's very talkative, a bit too analytical, somewhat easily shocked, a bit of a prude, seemingly (to some) asexual, and I would imagine to the casual observer a little boring.

He also has the finest collection of single cask whiskey I've ever seen and shares it willingly, is honest to the point of perfection, generous to a fault, and can rip the loudest farts imaginable on demand.

I've known some other really nice Swiss Germans, as well as many Swiss French. The only clear distinction is the SG's are, in my experience, a little louder on trains.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

They are actually a great bunch of folks.
People are people, whatever the nationality.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I hear the smell like elderberries. Is that what you meant?
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

Actually I find it sometimes ridiculous why people bother to create such silly threads to insult various nations, especially having spent many years in Switzerland they come to such shallow conclusions and come to post crap here. Had Flower's sentences been formulated without any sarcasm, it might have been an interesting thread and it wouldn't have been marked with so many groans.

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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I find your statement only applies to Zurich people... Other areas of German CH people are more relaxed and a lot friendlier...
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

^^ says alzurich living in zurich.
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Please do give me your feedback esp if you can also give me some feedback on living in the French part vs the Swiss part.
I don't want to shock you unnecessarily, but you might want to do a tiny bit more research on the country you have decided to live in. Even if you move down to the French-speaking part, you will *still* be in Switzerland... and actually *still* be dealing with SWISS people.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I don't know that many. Some people here think I am one, just didn't bother learning French properly, they speak German to me when I try my butchered French.

My Swiss German classmate thought Swiss Germans were uptight, narrowminded and boring so he moved to Suisse Romandie. Then the whole Switzerland grew too small for him, so he went to Afganistan as a Red Cross volunteer. One should not stereotype, since you might end up very surprized. People are people. Especially in a place with such a big percentage of foreigners and foreign roots.

I've only been once in Zurich and it felt great, people were open and interesting. The atmosphere I experienced in Basel, Bern, Solothurn and Bienne felt also warm and optimistic. I know it is different once you actually know people, but I noticed a good vibe from Swiss Deutchies.
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I find your statement only applies to Zurich people... Other areas of German CH people are more relaxed and a lot friendlier...
I thought I ought to apply a bit of science to this, and, after at least eight minutes of research, came up with this map to illustrate who the most boring people in Switzerland are:

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Dark grey areas represent very boring people; Light grey areas represent sparkling, witty people; Unshaded areas represent ordinary people.

As you can see, large portions of German-speaking Switzerland are populated by very boring people, including, significantly, the city of Zurich, the canton of Aargau and quite a lot of the Canton Congo.

These are counterbalanced, however, by the presence of sparkling, witty people in the Zurich and Bernese Oberlands, the canton of Glarus, and German speaking parts of the Wallis (despite the tremendous difficulty of ascertaining whether informants from this area are actually sparkling and witty without the assistance of a local interpreter).

The Welschland, in comparison, is populated predominantly by ordinary people, with the exception of Geneva and the western part of Vaud, the inhabitants of which areas being so boring that the author gave up on his colouring and went down the pub.

Worth noting, incidentally, is the disproportionately large area of the Graubunden that is populated by very boring people. Initial research suggest that this may be due to the inherently boring nature of minority language speakers (cf. the Basques, the Bretons, the Irish and the Scots), and should not, therefore, be considered to reflect upon the boring nature (or otherwise) of Swiss speakers of German.

Original research may be found here.

I trust this settles the matter once and for all.
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Re: What do you think of Swiss Germans?

I actually find the statement to be the kind of thinking that, on my very worst days of struggling with being a foreigner, starts to enter my brain and come out of my mouth if I am not able to cope with my own feelings anymore. It suddenly becomes easier to turn the tables and generalize about the Swiss as a way of escaping what I can't deal with. A sort of payback mentality if you will. Ok, us foreigners commit all the crime, don't integrate, etc etc etc, well the Swiss are boring. So there! It's all too easy to get down in the dirt.
I was reading another thread on disintegration, which I find really fascinating. I also thought I was integrated, but I am not, I never will be, because my definition of being integrated is to be accepted. Not at all the same as having learned how to to things in a way that my neighbors find acceptable.
It's very very easy to get angry and to develop a sandbox mentality when you realize that you cannot have what you had previously assumed was just somehow your given right as a person in a community (social integration). I really wonder how particular these feelings are to Switzerland or if they are equally prevalent in every society. Maybe it just depends which end of the stick you are holding.
Anyway, I don't mean to derail the OP's thread here. I just thought perhaps there is more of a need to hear that it's difficult for lots of people, and that some of the struggle of being foreign can, in fact, make one quite bitter about the group that has seemingly inflicted the pain.
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I thought I ought to apply a bit of science to this, and, after at least eight minutes of research, came up with this map to illustrate who the most boring people in Switzerland are:

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Dark grey areas represent very boring people; Light grey areas represent sparkling, witty people; Unshaded areas represent ordinary people.

As you can see, large portions of German-speaking Switzerland are populated by very boring people, including, significantly, the city of Zurich, the canton of Aargau and quite a lot of the Canton Congo.

These are counterbalanced, however, by the presence of sparkling, witty people in the Zurich and Bernese Oberlands, the canton of Glarus, and German speaking parts of the Wallis (despite the tremendous difficulty of ascertaining whether informants from this area are actually sparkling and witty without the assistance of a local interpreter).

The Welschland, in comparison, is populated predominantly by ordinary people, with the exception of Geneva and the western part of Vaud, the inhabitants of which areas being so boring that the author gave up on his colouring and went down the pub.

Worth noting, incidentally, is the disproportionately large area of the Graubunden that is populated by very boring people. Initial research suggest that this may be due to the inherently boring nature of minority language speakers (cf. the Basques, the Bretons, the Irish and the Scots), and should not, therefore, be considered to reflect upon the boring nature (or otherwise) of Swiss speakers of German.

Original research may be found here.

I trust this settles the matter once and for all.
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