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  • hey guys welcome back to how to switzerland  sarah here today in my living room we did  

  • some furniture rearranging and some spring  cleaning so i thought i would film in a  

  • little bit different setup today let me know if  you like it but in today's video it's going to  

  • be a fun one i am going to address your  assumptions about living in switzerland

  • so the other day i took to the youtube community  tab and i told you to leave your assumptions  

  • about living in switzerland and i'm going to  address as many as i can i've got them ready  

  • to go right here let's jump straight into it the  first one is swiss people are cold and unfriendly  

  • and it's impossible to make friends so 27 people  thumbs this up so a lot of people want to know  

  • the answer to this or they also think that  this is true and let's address the first part  

  • okay swiss people are cold and unfriendly i'm  gonna go ahead and say this is only partially  

  • true so if you are moving to switzerland  from the united states or from a very um like  

  • energetic open friendly type of country like that  switzerland is gonna feel cold in contrast because  

  • you know in the u.s if you go to a grocery store  or a restaurant the workers are smiling they might  

  • chat you up they're you know generally quite  open and say hey how are you doing and oh i  

  • like your blouse and oh your hair is so cute and  you will not you will not get that in switzerland  

  • you will really not get that in switzerland so  if you are used to that it might feel very cold  

  • in contrast that being said i would not say  which sounds kind of weird but i wouldn't say  

  • swiss people are cold or unfriendly i think  that swiss people can be very very friendly  

  • but in a different way when you initially  meet them they're going to be more skeptical  

  • that's the word that i would use they're  skeptical to new people they're shy so it takes  

  • some time they don't open the gate as easily as  americans we were even in the dog park in new  

  • york city once and matthias was talking with  somebody and he was trying to offer him help  

  • getting a job and stuff like this so americans  they really opened the opportunity to make friends  

  • it doesn't always mean that they want to be your  friend but if you are looking for friends i feel  

  • like there is that opportunity whereas here  since people aren't as talkative aren't as open  

  • it makes it harder but it's not impossible to  address the second part of your question that  

  • it's impossible to make swiss friends i'm gonna  be completely honest with you i do not have  

  • swiss friends i do not have swiss friends i find  it difficult just like everybody else um but maybe  

  • it's my fault as well you know you definitely need  to put in an effort to make friends and the swiss  

  • are not going to be the ones to make the initial  effort so i think you're going to have to be  

  • willing to make a substantial effort if your goal  is to make swiss friends but it is not impossible  

  • sorry i don't know if that's a sufficient answermight have to do a whole video on that but they're  

  • not cold and unfriendly it might appear that way  at first and it is possible to make friends but  

  • it is not easy keep in mind one in four people in  switzerland is an immigrant so you're gonna have  

  • opportunities to meet people that are not swiss  if you're looking to meet people um from the  

  • same country as you um yeah sorry i really  don't know how to answer that one very well  

  • um but that's just my honest honest thoughts  next assumption is i assume oh my gosh this is  

  • just like the last one swiss aren't very welcoming  to foreigners living there so this had 21 thumbs  

  • up so a lot of people also assume this so like  i just said actually one in four people living  

  • in switzerland is a foreigner they're not swiss  there are two million foreigners living here out  

  • of eight million people in switzerland so swiss  people are actually very used to foreigners  

  • therefore they're very accommodating especially  when it comes to languages and things like that  

  • i see it all the time we were just in lucerne the  other day we were at the schweitzer hope having  

  • a drink in the hotel bar and um there were  a bunch of swiss people having drinks there  

  • and a worker actually came up to one of the  tables and he didn't speak swiss german or  

  • german he he went to the guests and said like  sorry do you speak english and the swiss people  

  • were like yeah no problem like what's up  and he's like oh this table's reserved at  

  • six o'clock just so you know and they you know  they didn't roll their eyes they didn't groan they  

  • were just like totally accommodating they are very  used to foreigners they're used to accommodating  

  • people with different languages and they do not  get upset about that or anything like that that  

  • being said this is just my personal experience  i am obviously a white female that could  

  • appear as swiss maybe i don't know sometimesget mistaken as swiss if you are from a different  

  • background i don't know i cannot really speak from  that experience but i can say that in general i  

  • find that the swiss are very used to it very  welcoming and the whole kind of you're in my  

  • country you have to accommodate us that attitude  isn't really a thing here which is obviously quite  

  • prevalent in a lot of parts in the u.s that's kind  of the mindset i don't think the swiss thinks that  

  • way i think that they're very accommodating next  assumption is that everyone is in bed by 8 p.m  

  • this one makes me laugh this had 14 thumbs up  so a lot of people think that this is true um  

  • again i'm gonna say this is part true so we live  in zurich which is known to be like the most  

  • busy part of switzerland and there are some days  excuse me where we go work out and we get out of  

  • the gym around seven or eight and we're on the  way home and we go through like the main heart  

  • of the city where all the restaurants and bars are  and literally sometimes it's eight o'clock and it  

  • is just like dead like there's nobody there and  i'm like oh my gosh it's a beautiful day why is  

  • where where are the people aren't we supposed to  live in the busiest place in switzerland so i get  

  • why you say that you can definitely have that  experience if you come here you might be like  

  • where are all the people because it's almost like  six seven eight o'clock like dinner especially on  

  • a week night it just kind of clears out so yes it  is a little bit quieter late at night compared to  

  • some other other countries again that being said  it depends where you are in switzerland if you  

  • are in a more college town you will see a lot  of people out at night until very late at night  

  • so yes you might find in more of the business  areas or where a lot of people are working it can  

  • get very quiet after 8pm for example but i have  also had a lot of nights when i was in college  

  • in lucerne where we were out until the sun came  up basically so you do have both sides of that  

  • it might not be so widespread across the whole  city but definitely people that want to go out or  

  • want to stay out late or whatever they they know  where to go and you will definitely find people  

  • out partying on a monday till late at night um  but it's not like you walk outside and you see  

  • a ton of people but if you can at the same time  it really really depends 8 p.m definitely not on  

  • the weekends by the way um but you know on a week  night yes yes it can be very very quiet okay this  

  • is similar to the last one and the assumption  is that the only food you can get after 10 p.m  

  • is mcdonald's so 10 people agreed with this so  when it comes to opening hours of restaurants and  

  • bars actually a lot of bars are open super late  way later than in the united states for example  

  • however it is pretty true that most kitchens  will shut down at a certain point sometimes 10  

  • sometimes 11. so it can be kind of hard if you're  out late for example at a bar and you want to find  

  • some food a lot of people go to mcdonald's that  is definitely true otherwise there are like k-pop  

  • you know stands and stuff like that but the whole  kind of like 24-hour culture or like getting  

  • delivery late at night getting some chinese food  at one in the morning you're not really gonna  

  • have that here you know it's switzerland  you have to be a little bit pre-planned  

  • you have to think these things through a little  bit but yeah food after 10 pm mcdonald's it is  

  • kind of true isn't it because there's not there's  no 24-hour grocery stores and stuff like that  

  • um 10 p.m i think even the latest grocery stores  will be will be closed down um yeah kind of kind  

  • of accurate to be honest next assumption is that  the air quality is better there's less pollution  

  • and a cleaner atmosphere definitely true i don't  know the statistics on this but i know some days i  

  • wake up open the windows and i'm like do you feel  that i'll be like matthias do you how fresh and  

  • clean does that air feel it's crazy and we're in  the city and if you go to the mountains i mean you  

  • definitely notice it right away if you're up inmountain village or something you just want to go  

  • you just want to breathe it in because it's  like so crisp and fresh and i definitely notice  

  • a difference and i can say also with our dog he's  a brachiocephalic dog so he has the squished nose  

  • and when we lived in in new york he had  a lot of issues not issues with breathing  

  • but he would sometimes be sneezing a lot or  wheezing or his nose would get all dried up  

  • and after a few weeks after we moved here his  nose got nice and moist and he hasn't really  

  • had these like sneezing attacks so i think that  he is a definitely good indicator that the air  

  • quality here is a lot better next assumption once  again people aren't friendly with nine thumbs up  

  • i'm gonna just give my answer that this is only  half true initially they might seem unfriendly  

  • but they're definitely very uh very friendly  people here you just have to get to know them  

  • and i know people could say that's like every  culture but it is a little bit it is a little  

  • bit more extreme here they're going to takelot of time um to warm up to you and kind of  

  • get kid friendly to you because they're they're  going to be a little bit skeptical at first um  

  • so they're not going to meet you and then five  minutes later invite you um for a coffee or to  

  • their you know kids birthday party or something  like that and i have experienced all of that in  

  • the us you know for reference next assumption is  that switzerland is the richest country in europe  

  • you have a lot of high technology there okay  switzerland is the richest country in europe  

  • i don't know if that's true is matthias gonna  fact check i don't i don't think that that's true  

  • i feel like it's luxembourg or something like  that and you have a lot of high technology there  

  • switzerland is actually constantly rated one  of the most innovative countries in the world  

  • so there's always a lot of technology  coming out people are definitely into  

  • modern things and you always hear about swiss  scientists doing all these tests and all this  

  • stuff so yeah there's a lot of that kind of  stuff going on here so matthias just did a quick  

  • google search and yeah it is actually according to  his quick google search luxembourg norway and then  

  • switzerland and i think it is usually like it's  always luxembourg right there's such a small small  

  • country uh but yeah that's uh kind of true one of  the most richest countries in europe now this is  

  • a really good assumption or an interesting one it  is that living in switzerland as a german is quite  

  • hard you either have to learn swiss german which  is for us like learning a dialect and hence we  

  • feel like we are mocking the swiss by imitating  their accent or we just speak german and swiss  

  • people think we don't want to integrate with eight  thumbs up so this is a super super interesting  

  • assumption because the whole language thing here  is so complicated and confusing but i can tell you  

  • um let's see the first part was that germans  um should learn the dialect and then if they're  

  • speaking the dialect they feel like they're  mocking the swiss okay in my experience here  

  • germans don't learn the dialect um i went  to school with a lot of german professors  

  • and they've been living in switzerland some  of them for like 10 years and they just stick  

  • with speaking high german with standard germandon't know a lot of germans that come here and and  

  • try to learn the the dialect certainly they need  to learn to understand it but as far as speaking  

  • if you're german living in switzerland let me know  but i i feel like that's not normal for um germans  

  • to learn swiss german and then the second part  of the question is that if we just speak german  

  • swiss people think we don't want to integrate  that assumption is completely untrue i think  

  • if you're a german in switzerland and you're  speaking high german the swiss or anybody else  

  • living here doesn't think oh shame on them they  don't want to integrate they literally just think  

  • oh they're german they're from germany you know  obviously they hear it immediately um but nobody  

  • thinks that you're you're not integrating i don't  think they would expect that from you you guys and  

  • i can tell you i've worked with a lot of germans  when i used to work here um i had professors that  

  • were german doctors that were german there's a  lot of germans in switzerland so they're quite  

  • familiar with this situation and what i can say is  the swiss will appreciate if you understand them  

  • so they don't have to switch to high german  because obviously swiss people prefer  

  • to speak swiss german in their in their country  if they can and they'd prefer not to switch to  

  • high german but they do sometimes this happens  a lot i see when matthias is making phone calls  

  • he'll call like a swiss uh company but a german  person a german speaking person will answer the  

  • phone and sometimes he'll continue speaking  in swiss german and then he'll realize that  

  • they don't really understand him very well so  he'll have to switch which he'll do happily that  

  • is no problem but i think that they definitely  appreciate it if it can be like the swiss speak  

  • swiss german and the german speaks german if that  makes sense but no they definitely don't think oh  

  • shame on them they're not integrating i don't  think anybody expects that of you the whole swiss  

  • german thing is so complicated um but yeah and i  i don't know correct me if i'm wrong people from  

  • switzerland or germans living here but i feel  like nobody really expects you especially as a  

  • german to to speak uh swiss german okay here's a  funny one sarah