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life in Switzerland part 2

hey everyone,

i would just like to get the full extent to the general laws in Switzerland??

i have read things on the internet about not flushing the toilet after 10pm, noise and also something about public smoking.

i just was a brief about the common laws and regulation.

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Re: life in Switzerland part 2

The use of mechanical lawnmowers is forbidden throughout Switzerland. One must use a sheep, goat or cow.

Such animals may be hired for this purpose from the local council, charged by the half day.
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The flushing of lavatories is forbidden after ten o' clock in the evening. People resident in Switzerland must use a chamber pot should they require bodily ease during the night.

Chamber pots are provided by the local Civil Protection Service, but must be kept clean and in full working order by the Swiss residents themselves. Regular, random inspections take place in order to ensure that this takes place, often in the middle of the night. All doors, therefore, must be left unlocked overnight to facilitate entry by the responsible officers.
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During the month of May, the consumption of potatoes is forbidden in the canton of Ticino, in order to allow the fledgling potatoes to grow to full size without molestation. This often results in a shortage of bread which, in turn, drives the local duck population to scour the potato fields looking for sustenance.

Measures are currently being discussed in the cantonal parliament to prevent this absurd occurrence from occurring again next month. Possible options include the import of adult potatoes from Italy, an increase in bread production from subsidised government sponsored bakeries, and the eradication of ducks in the canton. The last option is the most popular with the people of Ticino and the sales of Chinese cookbooks have gone through the roof in the last six weeks.
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Re: life in Switzerland part 2

You can wash your clothes once a week by getting the water at the communal well. But be aware that only 2 gallons of water per person is allowed. If you need more washing, you are allowed to use the rain water collected from the communal one.
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Smoking in public is only allowed in designated squares (painted on the pavement). Exhalation must always be done in the upward-facing direction, so as to avoid inconveniencing others. While there is no fine to not blow upwards, there is strong social pressure, as to blow horizontally will invariably offend someone and thus start an argument.

Cigarette butts must be discarded in the proper receptacles. Collectors will do random DNA checks of improperly discarded butts against biometric data kept on file at the city hall and violators will receive a fine in the mail.
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Re: life in Switzerland part 2

For milk, you must subscribe to the local farm and pay a fee for a share of a cow. This cow would be assign to you in share with other people for a certain amount of milk. You can sell the milk you don't use to other people but you need a form from your cantonal depute which allow you to sell it. You MUST include it in your tax form at the end of the tax year.
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All Swiss residents are required to keep a weapon at home, lest the Habsburgs try to invade again (according to the Interim Constitution of 1891).

Holders of Swiss citizenship are issued with a machine gun and a dozen hand grenades for this purpose. Foreign residents are obliged to keep a mop with a sharpened handle, a sock full of ball bearings or a lumphammer to hand at all times.

Austria citizens are exempt from these requirements, but are forbidden from owning any object with a sharp edge or blade. Bread, meat and apples are sold ready sliced in many Swiss supermarkets to meet the needs of the Austrian community.
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Chocolate is very popular in Switzerland. So much so, and because of the lucrative export market, there is a shortage in Switzerland itself. You must apply to your local Gemeinde for the ration stamps which allow you 50g of milk chocolate per person per day (or 25g of 75% cacao dark chocolate). Unused stamps may be sold, but if you're caught selling actual chocolate, penalties can range from fines for first offenses up to 30 days in a stockade for repeat offenders.
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Re: life in Switzerland part 2

It is forbidden to show toes in public. You can wear sandals but only if pair with white socks. If you want to swim in a public pool or lake, you must wear these shoes you can find in any Migros or Coop.

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I am about to fall from my chair...
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So long as you're quiet about it. You know the law about making noise after 20:30 on a weeknight.
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That's why I applied for permission from the authorities to install carpet.
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Re: life in Switzerland part 2

If you want to receive guests, you have to ask permission to the city hall with the names, ages and number of person coming. Each family members can have one guest free of charge. If you expect more guests than family member, you have to ask for it with a form provided at the city Hall. Under 8 years old is free but older guests will have a fee to pay.

There is a referendum coming about moving the age limit to 10 years old but the SVP party is against it. The reason, apparently is something about the noise level allowed by families. I don't know the details, maybe someone else can answer this part.
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The flushing of lavatories is forbidden after ten o' clock in the evening. People resident in Switzerland must use a chamber pot should they require bodily ease during the night.

Chamber pots are provided by the local Civil Protection Service, but must be kept clean and in full working order by the Swiss residents themselves. Regular, random inspections take place in order to ensure that this takes place, often in the middle of the night. All doors, therefore, must be left unlocked overnight to facilitate entry by the responsible officers.
and what time can you flush the toilet again???? and how u suppose to clean the pot????
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You can wash your clothes once a week by getting the water at the communal well. But be aware that only 2 gallons of water per person is allowed. If you need more washing, you are allowed to use the rain water collected from the communal one.
so they dont have washing machine in the flat?? or a lavatory room??? or even a laundry place you can do to do your washing?? crazy!!!!
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and what time can you flush the toilet again???? and how u suppose to clean the pot????
08:00. Special detergents are available, but there is a hefty chemical tax on these.
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and what time can you flush the toilet again???? and how u suppose to clean the pot????
08:00 on weekdays, 09:30 on weekends, feast days and Wilhelm Tell's birthday.

Most Swiss people keep a dedicated cloth for the purpose. I just use the wife's toothbrush and give it a good swill afterwards. She's never twigged it yet.
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Male friends, beer, and careful aim.



......... although I was brought up to consider it bad manners to pee the pebble dash off someone else's porcelain.
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08:00 on weekdays, 09:30 on weekends, feast days and Wilhelm Tell's birthday.

Most Swiss people keep a dedicated cloth for the purpose. I just use the wife's toothbrush and give it a good swill afterwards. She's never twigged it yet.
These answers seem contradictory but please note that laws change from Canton to Canton.
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