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Life in Switzerland

Firstly I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who answered my previous post regarding entering Switzerland.

I would like to ask one more question.
I have been a resident here in Switzerland now for almost 3 years I live the country itís my home Iím set here I donít plan on leaving.

I have one small problem with Switzerland people here are very reserved which means I really only have one friend.
When I was younger I was raped beat and abused so Iím quite shy until you get to know me I would really know how to go up to some random Swiss people and have a conversation.

Just want some friends and an improved social life for 2021 donít feel like Iím getting the most of the country sometimes just sit there and use it as an excuse to work extended hours in my apartment.

Have a great week everyone!
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Old 04.01.2021, 09:28
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Re: Life in Switzerland

The Swiss tend to keep workmates and non-work friends separate it seems to me. They'll rarely socialise with workmates outside of work hours.

Best thing to do is take up an activity that you like to do or want to try so you can meet new people, both Swiss and non-Swiss.
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Re: Life in Switzerland

Take some Migros Club courses (languages, sewing, cooking, photography, etc) It is a great way to meet new people and perhaps find someone you would want as a friend. Language courses not the best way of meeting Swiss people.
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You sound familiar. Was your name Justin in a previous EF life?
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Old 04.01.2021, 11:20
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Re: Life in Switzerland

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I have one small problem with Switzerland people here are very reserved which means I really only have one friend.
When I was younger I was raped beat and abused so Iím quite shy until you get to know me I would really know how to go up to some random Swiss people and have a conversation.
Here is the thing, most of us have only space for about five to eight people genuine friends in our lives at any one time. When you arrive here most of your slots are free, where as the locals have all their slots full up. And youíre going to have to wait for a slot to open up. It does not help, that the locals maintain friendships with people the were in kindergarten with 90 years ago either.

The other thing is that the Swiss tend to keep work and the rest of their lives separate. I donít have a single Swiss friend that I met through work. They are all people I met while involved in local activities.

So if you want to get to know the Swiss people, you need to get involved in local activities, not the typical expat stuff such as language classes etc...
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Re: Life in Switzerland

What are your interests?

Get involved in local activities, clubs etc. The Swiss there tend to be very relaxed and welcoming. Or at least that has been my experience.

Or you can have an expat life as well, join the meetup activities. A bit difficult at the moment I know, but I occasionally see things going on there.

There's plenty of opportunities and things to do.
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Re: Life in Switzerland

I only had one really close Swiss friend that I met at work, back in '82 when I was here for three months, and we remained close friends until his death in 2013.

And another very close Swiss friend that I met via a coworker who introduced us back in '86.

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Here is the thing, most of us have only space for about five to eight people genuine friends in our lives at any one time. When you arrive here most of your slots are free, where as the locals have all their slots full up. And youíre going to have to wait for a slot to open up. It does not help, that the locals maintain friendships with people the were in kindergarten with 90 years ago either.

The other thing is that the Swiss tend to keep work and the rest of their lives separate. I donít have a single Swiss friend that I met through work. They are all people I met while involved in local activities.

So if you want to get to know the Swiss people, you need to get involved in local activities, not the typical expat stuff such as language classes etc...
Hi Jim that is certainly crazy thanks for the thoughts
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Old 04.01.2021, 18:56
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Re: Life in Switzerland

One thing I've noticed about "friends" here in Switzerland is that they will sometimes act like your good friend when they want or need something from you -- for example, for you to babysit their kid -- but then when they no longer need you, they suddenly act as though you no longer exist. Or maybe I've just had bad luck. But some people just seem too busy here to maintain friendships, I guess, so then their concept of "friendship" is dictated by what they consider convenient for them.
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Here is the thing, most of us have only space for about five to eight people genuine friends in our lives at any one time. When you arrive here most of your slots are free, where as the locals have all their slots full up. And you’re going to have to wait for a slot to open up. It does not help, that the locals maintain friendships with people the were in kindergarten with 90 years ago either.

The other thing is that the Swiss tend to keep work and the rest of their lives separate. I don’t have a single Swiss friend that I met through work. They are all people I met while involved in local activities.

So if you want to get to know the Swiss people, you need to get involved in local activities, not the typical expat stuff such as language classes etc...
Haha, free slots. I liked the comparison although I don't think we come with free slots here, we make room for friends and friendship.

Btw, I'm still friends with my ex-colleagues from the very first work place I had in Switzerland, so I guess it depends. On age probably and many other variables.

But I'd agree on one thing: here you learn to socialise more through a hobby or a common interest than just hang around, having a beer or a coffee etc.
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*Insert the trope of "the Swiss may be reserved but once they decide to become your friend, they're you're friend for life..."
Sounds almost like a threat.
Beware which Swiss you become friends with.
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