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SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

My sister-in-law heard yesterday that we have been shortlisted for a job in Geneva. She then told me about a "Swiss Handbook" which has all the rules about when you can flush your toilet, and wash your car and... (you get the idea)...

I know that there are lots of social rules about when to do things, and not do things; but I have never heard that there is a "handbook"...

Myth or reality??
If it is true, where do I get one from??
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Old 30.04.2012, 08:57
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

I'd be pretty sure that's a myth. Most of the rules are local and vary tremendously from one village to the next, let alone between cantons - it would be impossible to compile a single handbook.
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

She could mean the book Living and Working in Switzerland. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Worki...5765874&sr=1-3
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

What about the book called Swiss Watching?
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My sister-in-law heard yesterday that we have been shortlisted for a job in Geneva. She then told me about a "Swiss Handbook" which has all the rules about when you can flush your toilet, and wash your car and... (you get the idea)...

I know that there are lots of social rules about when to do things, and not do things; but I have never heard that there is a "handbook"...

Myth or reality??
If it is true, where do I get one from??
Lonely planet does one...



Amazon has another one for sale...




....this may help also.

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Working.../dp/1907339329
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

she lead me to believe that it was an official governmental publication...
rather than a guide book (like Lonely Planet or a living & working guide)...
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What about the book called Swiss Watching?
I got this from OH for Christmas (and another real gift ). I really enjoy reading it. It makes for a good laugh.

Oh and we are both Swiss
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she lead me to believe that it was an official governmental publication...
Might be something issued by her local town/commune then...
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

You probably mean the little red book:

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or the SVP handbook:

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or take your pick from here (just enter Swiss handbook in the search box):

http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/tools/search.html

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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

Always a good source:
http://www.ch.ch/private/index.html?lang=en

or more specific for Zurich:
http://www.welcome.zh.ch
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

Why don't you simply ask her to send you a copy? Then you can share it with us!
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

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My sister-in-law heard yesterday that we have been shortlisted for a job in Geneva. She then told me about a "Swiss Handbook" which has all the rules about when you can flush your toilet, and wash your car and... (you get the idea)...

I know that there are lots of social rules about when to do things, and not do things; but I have never heard that there is a "handbook"...

Myth or reality??
If it is true, where do I get one from??

Well, there is this entirely serious and very real (slightly scary!) online publication for Geneva (English version on this link, titled "Noise and neighbours: What are my rights and duties?")
http://etat.geneve.ch/dt/SilverpeasW...chment/Images/

The geneve.ch website has a few other fun publications buried in there if you have a browse
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

My God, this is an eye opener, examples of excessive noise are "children jumping up and down" and " taking a bath at night" . playing a musical instrument requires a prior agreement with neighbours! I had no idea how many rules my family was breaking - maybe that explains the frosty neighbourhood vibe!
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Why don't you simply ask her to send you a copy? Then you can share it with us!
It is my opinion that she just needed to know about Switzerland than her 'baby sister' ... And the proceeded tell me about how awful it would be...

I told her about the 'rules', and haven't found an evidence of a government handbook
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I told her about the 'rules', and haven't found an evidence of a government handbook
Kiaora, I don't know if other cantons do the same, but in Basel, newbies are invited to two group sessions by the local council, to be given information regarding necessary insurances, language courses and soe hints on how to "integrate." It's actually useful for meeting other newbies.

I went for a bike ride yesterday into an alpine area - with a little bit of imagination, I could have been looking up at the alps across Lake Wakatipu.
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My God, this is an eye opener, examples of excessive noise are "children jumping up and down" and " taking a bath at night" . playing a musical instrument requires a prior agreement with neighbours! I had no idea how many rules my family was breaking - maybe that explains the frosty neighbourhood vibe!
But these are examples of things that _may_ be considered as excessive. Meaning that if you make such a noise and your neighbours complain you may have to cease and desist from doing so again.

This is not a blanket rule, actually not a 'rule' at all, just a helpful guideline to smooth your way to better neighbourly relations.
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Re: SIL told me there is a "Swiss Handbook"

You likely want to read:

http://www.xenophobes.com/books/The-...the-Swiss.html



That contains everything you do not want to know
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It is my opinion that she just needed to know about Switzerland than her 'baby sister' ... And the proceeded tell me about how awful it would be...

I told her about the 'rules', and haven't found an evidence of a government handbook

I was being ironic!
If such a handbook did exist I'm sure we'd all love to see it as it would help answer a lot of questions that crop up on this forum.

You're probably right about her trying to wind you up, I'm told that's what sisters are for....
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I got this from OH for Christmas (and another real gift ). I really enjoy reading it. It makes for a good laugh.

Oh and we are both Swiss
The bits I managed to read in the preview sections had me howling with laughter (much to the confusion of my colleagues.)

One kindle order coming up!
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