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i have to add one more

parking

switzerland: people park their cars only to the designated places and they make sure that the car fits exactly in the lines drawn on the ground.

greece: parking places? what is that? any open space is a potential parking space, as far as greeks are concerned! and that means literally any open space...we are quite creative! not to mention double parking (does this word make sense btw or is it just a greek phenomenon?) to go and buy cigarettes, coffee or even go to the doctor

double parking ? I thought this to be a French phenomena ! In Switzerland it is regarded as serious crime.
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not to mention double parking (does this word make sense btw or is it just a greek phenomenon?) to go and buy cigarettes, coffee or even go to the doctor
It makes surely sense to me as Italian..
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Old 20.12.2009, 20:24
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Not to say salü and adieu/adé would be awfully bad behaviour and most unpolite !
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It makes surely sense to me as Italian..
haha good to know we are not the only ones!
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Old 20.12.2009, 21:41
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Scandinavia: parental leave is long and can be shared between mum and dad. Childcare is free. It is not common to stay home with school age kids and everything is organized taking into account that both parents work.

Switzerland: 12 weeks of leave for mothers only, after which they should stay at home - not only will childcare bankrupt you, but older kids come home for lunch from school, your laundry slot could be from 11 to 14 on Tuesdays and supermarkets close at 18.30..
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

UK:Cars Stop to let someone cross, pull out of turning ( Get a thank you )

CH: NO thanks for the above ( Fking Rude )

UK:Open a door and again get a Thank You

CH:Open a door and people walk straight past ( again Fking Rude )
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Not to say salü and adieu/adé would be awfully bad behaviour and most unpolite !
well hot dog! my discovery of another cultural difference has been confirmed. thank you.
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UK: in the bus/train you need to get off but someone is sitting next to you - you only need to say "sorry" - the person next to you stands up straight away to let you out - you say thanks
CH: "sorry.." - the person next to you simply moves his/her legs closer to the seat - and you still say "thanks" but with a different intonation because focused in an acrobatic move..
IT: no one will ever sit next to you!

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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Where I grew up: You enter a waiting room and sit down
Switzerland: You enter a waiting room and only after you've said hello to anyone else in there you may sit
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Old 21.12.2009, 01:05
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Where I grew up: You enter a waiting room and sit down
Switzerland: You enter a waiting room and only after you've said hello to anyone else in there you may sit
But it is less than 30 seconds to say "Grüezi mitanand" and have a glance round and sit down.
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what would sada say...
Ok, got a kiss for everyone who want one from me

(only handshake for the guys, of course... )
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Ok, got a kiss for everyone who want one from me

(only handshake for the guys, of course... )
Ha! Better beware of what you say
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Old 21.12.2009, 08:49
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Reading through the rest of this thread there seems to be a lot of negative cultural differences pointed out but to redress the balance...

Switzerland: deep sense of national pride, understanding of current home affairs, general neat and tidy appearance to the place.

England: superficial national pride rolled out, and an excuse to stick a St George's flag to your car, whenever England is playing in a final at football/rugby/cricket or the Daily Mail kicks up a stink about something. Otherwise - another day, another whinge.
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

The U.S.: A repair person gives you a two-hour window in which they will show up, and arrives at least 30 minutes after the end of the window.

Switzerland: This morning the bell rang at 7:30 am for my 8:00-8:30 am appointment.

Probably better this way, but I was definitely surprised this morning!
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Everyone is from and "Ethnic Background"
There is not 1 human being alive (or dead) that doesn't have at least 1 ethnicity. It is just so ridiculous when people say such things as "being from an ethnic background".
And yes, the Swiss are at least 20 years behind on most things. Race relations, 35-40 years. It would be even worse if they weren't such wussies and actually said what they thought!!!

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Love Switzerland, you would need to KILL me to send me back.

But being from an ethnic background...its made me realise how good we have it in the UK. Black, Asian, Gay, Special Needs, Female.. all on a fairer playing ground. The Swiss are at least 20 years behind.
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

USA - Drive 2 hours, still in the same city.
CH - Drive 2 hours, in another country.

USA - Take public transport, hear one language (spanish)
CH - Take public transport, hear 13 languages.

USA - mexican, indian, thai, japanese & etc food
CH - Raclette, Fondue, Roesti, Tartiflette...
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

CH: Pay for a 100 CHf purchase with any type of card (debit/credit), get eye rolls and murmurs of annoyance from people in line behind you

US: Pay for anything over a 40 USD purchase in cash, get eye rolls and murmurs of annoyance from cashier and people in line behind you (no 50 and 100 Bills on premises)
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Ex-Yugoslavia: Taxi drivers will be glad to take you with a crying baby sitting on your lap all the way to hospital and will charge you half the usual fare.

Switzerland: Taxi drivers will refuse to let you into the car because you did not call a day before alerting them that you would need an age-appropriate car seat for the baby.

Ex-Yugoslavia: Trams and buses drive over the speed limit. Several trams or buses will get to one stop at a time. The stop will always be placed after the traffic light to make the traffic more fluid.

Switzerland: Trams and buses drive slowly and carefully. They make sure that only one vehicle is at a stop at a time. The stop will always be placed before the traffic light, so it will make not much difference whether you walk to the next stop or stay on the bus.

Ex-Yugoslavia: A war will break out every now and then.

Switzerland: Will host most our peace talks.
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But it is less than 30 seconds to say "Grüezi mitanand" and have a glance round and sit down.
It might be just a few seconds, but it feels very, very odd to do it.
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

Shopping malls just a few days before Christmas;

US; Absolute chaos, anger, frustration, rage and manic desperation. And then after you find a place to park your car, the real trouble starts.

CH; Slightly above normal number of shoppers.
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Re: Cultural differences between Switzerland and your own country

When shopping for something in the US, somebody wants
to see an item in front of which you are standing.

CH: The person pushes you out of the way and looks like you are crazy
when you give them a strange look.

US: Excuse me, may I see the so & so please.
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