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Graubündeners...

Just a question about die Graubündnerische Volk...

Are they different than Swiss Germans from the other German-speaking Cantons, more "Italianized" perhaps due to their Italian minority and their proximity to Ticino and Italy ?

The reason I ask, is I had an acquaintance in college who moved to Canada to study. Said acquaintance was born and raised in Chur, very friendly, open and genuine; different from other Swiss Germans I've met.
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Old 31.10.2012, 06:25
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Re: Graubündeners...

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Re: Graubündeners...

das Volk. you're asking for a big generalisation here. If you asked someone from Chur, they would say they are different from the rest of the Swiss germans (IMHO a little more easy going, so would match your ideas). If you asked someone from Roveredo (GR) they would probably tell you there's not much difference between them and people from Bellinzona.
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Was a complaint. It's now in a more appropriate section of the forum.
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Old 31.10.2012, 09:19
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Re: Graubündeners...

Very strange question

I know a Swiss Unterlander. I think he is 1x out of 4,000 in this town. Imagine assuming the other 3,999 are the same in their behaviour/likes/dislikes/food tastes/hobbies/sports/general attitude to life? (This 1/4,000th is very similar to my own culture).

In South Africa people are scared/wary of Black folk. In my travels there - the ONLY people who have ever helped me when my car broke down (once 2x in a day with flat tyres!) was Black people who stopped to offer assistance, and when they could not help, flagged down more Black folk, till my car was surrounded by them ..... and they got me on my way!

Other folk there have been attacked/helped by Black people. Some have been attacked /helped by White people. Not all people are the same.

I read in the newspapers about gangs of youths attacking people here - I cannot assume that all teenagers are dangerous people?
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Re: Graubündeners...

I've lived in the Chur region for a little over 2 years. My husband is Swiss from the Toggenburg area. He says the people in Chur are indeed very influenced by the Italians. However, I personally do not find them to be more friendly or very open... quite the contrary. We've recently moved to the Munstertal area 5km from the Italian boarder. I find the people here MUCH more friendly and open than the people in the Chur area... but I believe this has a lot to do with small village vs. "big city" Chur. I don't know if that helps.
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Big city Chur, eh ?

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Re: Graubündeners...

Let's say that Graubünden is one of Switzerland's last areas where German/Swiss German invaded old Romansh language culture (up from the Walser migration and the Protestant Reformation, with a remarkable upgrade in the mid 20th century) without quite all traces being erased. Of course also places like Zürich, Winterthur and e.g. Gurtnellen are of Roman origin (Turicum, Vitudurum, Curtinella), but in Graubünden/Liechtenstein/southeast St. Gallen/southern Vorarlberg you have them at least partially in their unchanged original denomination (and not only in geographic names), not considering for a moment the (few) still existing Romansh and Italian regions. So there might be a higher degree of understanding in cultural interdependence, not only in the "cities", but also in the countryside, the local German speaking part of the population appreciating their Roman inheritence.

Very different from the rest of Switzerland also the historical constitution of the 3 Leagues and its role in CH as an ally until 1803, its religious and geostrategical conflicts in the 17th century and other (the actual flag e.g. is afaik from the 1920ies, the old one in the Bundeshauskuppel is still the fusional patchwork of the 3 Leagues).
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