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Try being Swedish but living in Switzerland... It confuses people everywhere, I have given up already..
Our milkman in the UK just could never understand why I couldn't speak 'Swissish'.

Better than my dad who used to introduce me to his friends at the OAP home 'this is my daughter. She is lovely and so kind- then quietly -shame she is fat but she can't help it, it's her thyroid'. Bless him , he had no idea, until I asked him to stop, and he was mortified he'd hurt my feelings.

Yes, as a Swiss in the UK, I was always introduced as 'this is Odile, she is Swiss you know', which was not a problem to me at all.
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Haha this reminds me of my cousins wedding in August, I got a mention in the brides dad's speech, a special thanks for flying in from ""Switzerland"".
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It works both ways! When my wife and I visit family in Switzerland and stay with my sister, she
starts calling friends shortly after our arrival to tell them that the "Les Américains sont arrivés".

Yes, they always call us 'les anglais' here and they always say 'les anglais sont arrivés' when we return from anywhere.
When I was a kid, it meant something very different, so it always makes me laugh (the English = war = blood = periods).
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It's sweet when the people back home brag about you being from Switzerland or being the Swiss . Makes me smile as they seem very proud of these "achievements" when in fact I feel nothing like this. It can also be embarrassing but they just don't get it.
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My fathers wife introduced me to their neighbor as "Charlies eldest, over from Switzerland...she slumming it"!
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Haha this reminds me of my cousins wedding in August, I got a mention in the brides dad's speech, a special thanks for flying in from ""Switzerland"".
I had that too. I did actually fly back just for the wedding, but "she just flew in from Switzerland" gives an embarrassing illusion of grandeur.
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It always makes me feel good when my grown up kits,with there owen household ,phone me up and tell me "We coming home"
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On the rare occasions I go back to Belgium, I sometimes stay at my brother's place. It doesn't need any introduction to all of the neighbours and friends who drop by that I live in Switzerland, but their first question always is: " Oh, Paul, How is life in Switzerland?" a bit as if they were talking about life on Mars.
Then come the questions about our high salary, taxes and bank accounts.
Finally they start discussing with my brother, sometimes watching me from the corner of their eyes as if to see if I breath normally. Then they smile a bit embarassed when you see them peeping at you. It is even worse when my (swiss) wife comes with me. She is looked at as some half Goddess. She is REAL Swiss, man, I'm 2nd hand!!!

It is amazing how this country has created a view of high salary, no taxes, big watches, heaven on earthish living conditions in the collective minds of all the 'exterior'.
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Re: "this is my friend from ___ " ?

well I used to introduce my husband as "this is X, he's from CANADA!!!!!!!" to all my friends just because it was REALLY exciting to know someone from abroad, and then not "just" an american (no offense) but one of the cute "where mounties and hockey players and bryan adams come from" CANADIANS(!!!!)

On the other hand whenever we go back to Canada I am asked if I am Swedish.. (yes we love that) and when people are told I am Swiss the first reaction usually has something to do with
cheese (don't like it)
chocolate
banking (my profession, so fitting the cliché)
mountains (don't ski, don't snowboard)

but I don't mind, guess it's just always exciting to know someone from a different country.
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well I used to introduce my husband as "this is X, he's from CANADA!!!!!!!" to all my friends just because it was REALLY exciting to know someone from abroad, and then not "just" an american (no offense) but one of the cute "where mounties and hockey players and bryan adams come from" CANADIANS(!!!!)

On the other hand whenever we go back to Canada I am asked if I am Swedish.. (yes we love that) and when people are told I am Swiss the first reaction usually has something to do with
cheese (don't like it)
chocolate
banking (my profession, so fitting the cliché)
mountains (don't ski, don't snowboard)

but I don't mind, guess it's just always exciting to know someone from a different country.
i didnt know canadians are so highly regarded abroad...they are the subject to a lot of jokes south of the border
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Try being Swedish but living in Switzerland... It confuses people everywhere, I have given up already..
It is only since I have been living in Switzerland that I have heard mention of this confusion between Swedish and Swiss. Coming from a little country at the other end of the world, there was never any confusion ( as far as I know) over these two countries, nor their inhabitants. So who are the people who do get them mixed up.

I was once introduced in Arizona, as coming from New Zealand. The person I was meeting replied by saying he had never visited the eastern states....
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Old 28.12.2011, 19:35
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You should visit Austria and purchase a T Shirt which states "There are no kangaroos in Austria"

These shirts are clearly not aimed at Aussies who actually know something about global geography I have formed the conclusion they are designed for tourists from a certain large country starting with U that excel in not knowing that Austria and Australia are actually very different.
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