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Old 02.02.2012, 23:14
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Re: compare living in switzerland with sweden,denmark and the netherlands

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If you can't even get the name of the country right, you deserve some sarcastic comments.

just sayin...
You'll note the OP did, in fact, "get the name of the country right" prior to attempting abbreviation.

This is an expatriate forum and not everyone's native tongue is English. Your contribution to this forum would be all the more positive if you were to consider that in the future.
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Re: compare living in switzerland with sweden,denmark and the netherlands

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You'll note the OP did, in fact, "get the name of the country right" prior to attempting abbreviation.

This is an expatriate forum and not everyone's native tongue is English. Your contribution to this forum would be all the more positive if you were to consider that in the future.
As would yours, if you were to consider a little humor.
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Old 02.02.2012, 23:19
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Re: Living in CH versus SE, DK and the NL - your views please

Right, so let´s get back to discussing about CH, SE, DK and NL ...
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Old 03.02.2012, 00:14
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Re: Living in CH versus SE, DK and the NL - your views please

I've lived in Sweden and in Switzerland and find it astonishing, that the two countries are often compared with each other.

On a personal level both countries have a total different feeling to me. I like them both.

Totally subjective and excerpted impressions:

As cheesy as it sounds but whenever I entered Swedish ground, it was an overwhelming feeling of freedom. It's actually my soul-country. People have to get along more with the nature, aren't so overrated and don't get so much attention. But I liked it - you get your "space" and can focus on what's important.

On the other hand the "cultural city life"-component is rather limited. But country and people are very honest and I found them to be very helpful. For families and raising kids it seems to be great, because children are rather seen as normal persons and not little projects. (no firsthand experience on that)
With the health system it needs time to adapt. You will have a harder time to save money, if that's important to you.

With Switzerland I was rather overwhelmed by the option to spend free time outdoors and have options for cultural events. Also, you can travel to different countries within hours and meet people from all over the world (in the bigger cities). Everything is closer (neighboring countries/ other cultures/spectacular mountains, sights). Also the isolation might not hit so hard. I find Swiss people rather polite which I appreciate. Even though I met also a few very narrow-minded people in Switzerland, most of the folks are great to get along with, entertaining (yes) and open minded (city). So I experienced a "broader range" of attitude against foreigners than in Sweden, but nothing scary!

There’s fewer “space” (geographically and personal) but more action and interaction in Switzerland. So I can recommend life in Switzerland a lot too.

I guess it depends on your personality and will to accept or appreciate the other ways of life.
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Re: compare living in switzerland with sweden,denmark and the netherlands

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You were with the wrong crowd. Copenhagen (and Amsterdam) is heaven on earth (on certain conditions, one of them is language) and the sex is great (at least for me).

it's the first time we ended up with this conclusion: we are all different. Great thread.
Well, the food sucks and I hate big cities.

I like Norway, but that's probably because it's quite similar to CH.

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You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Federica again.

But it was a bloody helpful post nevertheless.
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Whether the guy is for real or not, and sarcasm aside, I figured this might be helpful in general to anyone who is looking into the possibility of making such a move, here or elsewhere, and maybe has never done something similar before.
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Well, the food sucks and I hate big cities.

I like Norway, but that's probably because it's quite similar to CH.

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Copenhagen has the chef voted best in the world last year. There is hope.
I can't help for the latter.
Norway and Switzerland similar? Only as a tourist and if you are looking for dialect-obsessed people. Otherwise, Norway has been ruled by the unions far to long to be close to CH by any standard. Sorry to have to be strict with you, really.
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Copenhagen has the chef voted best in the world last year. There is hope.
I can't help for the latter.
Norway and Switzerland similar? Only as a tourist and if you are looking for dialect-obsessed people. Otherwise, Norway has been ruled by the unions far to long to be close to CH by any standard. Sorry to have to be strict with you, really.
It's got mountains, it's expensive, narrow (but fun) roads, etc.

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