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Swiss Citizenship exam

Please can anyone tell me what type of questions to expect/how many are there when I sit my citizenship exam?
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Re: Swiss Citizenship exam

Do a forum search for "citizenship test" or "citizenship exam" and you will find previous threads discussing the exam.
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Re: Swiss Citizenship exam

In Norwich, Norfolk, they ask very few questions about Switzerland. You're safe.



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Which canton and city/village do you have in mind? The experience is very different in Basel BS or Tarasp GR.
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Which canton and city/village do you have in mind? The experience is very different in Basel BS or Tarasp GR.
I guess the OP is applying from the UK and will be interviewed/tested in London at the Embassy.
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Please can anyone tell me what type of questions to expect/how many are there when I sit my citizenship exam?
The two most important, concern correct dialect pronunciation of the following:

- small kitchen cupboard/cabinet;

- small pocket watch.
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The two most important, concern correct dialect pronunciation of the following:

- small kitchen cupboard/cabinet;

- small pocket watch.


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Old 19.07.2015, 16:37
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Re: Swiss Citizenship exam

As Faltrad says, it all depends- like almost everything else, there are huge differences depending on the area, C/Kanton, Commune/Gemeinde, even, and the person who does the interview. There are no set questions that fit all. So where will you be doing this? On what basis (eg spouse reunification, a parent who is Swiss but you never lived here, etc, etc). Linguistic communication (grammar not important as long as it does not impair communication) and evidence of strong links to CH are much more important.
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Old 19.07.2015, 16:45
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Re: Swiss Citizenship exam

I've no idea of the answer to your question. Fortunately, I turned into a Papierli Schwiizere in days of yore simply by marrying a Swiss guy.
However, this site looks interesting.

Naturalization Exam

No idea how serious the questions are and I'm certainly not going to depress myself on a Sunday afternoon by trying it out and failing miserably to answer them correctly.

For the benefit of my elder granddaughter, I occasionally try the 'small kitchen cabinet' test. She laughs for hours at my vain attempt to get it to sound right. Children are brutally honest. Not that I've ever had reason to use the work in conversation here anyway.

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Re: Swiss Citizenship exam

The film
Die Schweizermacher
has good, if possibly outdated examples.
I would refuse to answer questions on Sepp Blatter
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Re: Swiss Citizenship exam

Here's a SwissInfo article on the disparaties in how facilitated naturalization is handled from canton to canton, commune to commune:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/citizens...pill-/41295932

Making the assumption that you are applying outside Switzerland and thus you might be applying for facilitated naturalization. Apologies if incorrect.

From that article, you can see extreme differences:

My interview lasted around a half an hour and they were so nice. The policeman just wanted to know how my husband and I met and what I was doing here in Switzerland.


Carlos was shocked at the first question put to him by the policewoman: ‘Is your wife a prostitute?’ "I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The police officer was typing everything into her computer. She said sorry, it’s just the questions on the form, but I haven’t heard of anyone else being asked this."


(Although I've been here long enough that I shouldn't be shocked anymore, I am still taken aback that 'Is your wife a prostitute?' could be a question on a form. Good lord.

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If you are being interviewed at the embassy, rather than by the local police or cirizens' committee, hopefully you will not be asked such questions.

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Best of luck to you.
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