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Old 02.02.2011, 19:47
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Re: Social Liberalism in Switzerland?

I'm going to go at this a bit different. Who cares really about political direction? Most of us are just outsiders and as nothing around here really changes that much ever, any changes will creep up so slow you will be use to them before they even become official. And the overall look and feel of this country hasn't changed a lot in decades ( on average it limps around 20-30 years behind the rest of the modern world).
In end effect the question is what kind of a person are you and will you fit in? I like family values and stability. I guess I like things a bit on the old fashioned way. I like being able to get to places quickly and reliably. I like going for walks, letting the kids run around without worrying too much about someone stealing them, going for bike rides and taking the dog off the leash. All these likes are supported by this country.
So they don't appreciate noise after 10pm, they don't like washing on Sundays. No shops open on Sunday etc etc. Ever thought that these rules are not to annoy but have very good origins? For example:
- No noise after 10pm - given the majority of people here live literally on top of each other with not the best insulation maybe its sort of sensible to invoke this law to avoid a lot of feuding within apartment blocks. (If you like where you live you will stay longer)
- No washing on sundays (&evenings) - again, washing machines make noise and vibrations which do go through the floor boards. Depending on the good insulation and plumbing this could be very loud for those trying to live around one of these machines. And its work.
- No Shopping on Sundays - an old, but cute, law which encourages families to be together one day a week. If no one has the excuse to work they are prone to actually feel a certain commitment to family activities once a week.

Oh, and I enjoy NOT being a real swiss. I look different, I talk different, and it was my choice to stay, and its me who decides if I make it here a success. And maybe the swiss aren't as friendly as our english speaking countries, but at least once people do start talking to you here they keep talking to you - not like in some countries where you are just flavour of the month.

I chose this country to live in because it reflects my nature better than a lot of other countries I have visited or lived in over the years. Back then I bought a one year return ticket and gave myself that time to test drive this place. That was 17 years ago. Sure there are lots of rules. Most of them common sense. But there is also low crime, low unemployment and a good social system. Obviously something is working.

Every country has its positives and negatives. The only way to find out how it is really like for you is to come and live here. Everything else is speculation.
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