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Why is it so hard to make friends in Switzerland??

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Is it just me or is it really hard to find some people in Switzerland who are willing to make good friends with you (especially to foreigners)??
I've been there for only 6 months and I heard you need at least 3 months to completely settle down there so maybe I've been there just too short...what do you think?

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  • Samel Zilic

    posted by  in Switzerland forum 

    Swiss people are not so as any other in the world. Forget it. They do not like to meet people not even from their country Switzerland.

    But here is a lot of people from outside of whole world. So try with them.

    They are village mind in rich country, very intelligent , smart , know a lot, takes culture from all around a world and integrate in their own culture ... Most here will never have any friend for life if they had not go to school or university but real real friend as in most countries is almost as impossible to have . They are as they are . Arrogant, not a nazi but xenophobic and think always like there is no other in world and they like to live like that.

    I have lived with one some time , and you must know , even Swiss people have a large emigration rate of almost 12% swiss people. Even they go from Switzerland and stay somewhere else, and do not like own culture and expact and stay mostly forever or many many years or decades before returning. But most never return. Some 850,000 Swiss have been emigratet from own country which is rich , good paid jobs, nivce and beautiful country .. just there is not connection people to people and they see it and go.

    Many travel up to 35 go work , like those countries, come back as nothing has happen. Do not change themselves for a bit . Like that was a some other life. So , do not try to do something nobody can and they do not want.

    There is a lot of foreigners now , almost 30% or so , and try with them.
    I would. :)

  • Thomas Smith

    posted by  in Switzerland forum 

    Well, am new here too, I want to offer a hand of friendship.....

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    posted by  in Switzerland forum 

    While to your queries reply, I must say that world's best people in live in swiss and people are very friendly, not arrogant. I have been here from last 2 years and I always feel like my home here even without family. I have recently moved to new city but again i found it easy to settle myself. I even got chance to work with amazing people like Michelle who has recently started out with a blog . We met by chance on Instagram and found our common interest i.e. is charity and increasing social awareness while inspiring women and motivate them. Now Michelle was the first person i knew in Zurich and other people like her give me an inspiration to do what you desire. Styletourista blog is just the beginning. I really thanks Michelle for her never ending support.

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    Swiss people tend to be cold at first. But if they warm up to you they become your friends forever!

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  • Go to Giri soler's profile

    posted by  in Switzerland forum 

    Ohh I saw many people writing: also in another forums, how boring it is and so many negative things, thisone is harmless. Also writing so negative things about the swiss-people. Maybe with this thoughts in your mind its quite difficult....
    to less party, to less this.

    Hey, Its just another peace of land. Land is land. I dont feel, I am swiss or I am Italian. Mother is maybe Italian, father Austraian, maybe both are swiss, grandfather was maybe italian or german..

    I am swiss, fully swiss, but dont thing: ohh I am swiss. Switzerland is just another pice of land on this planet. You are the people in this country and you make it to the place it is. Not we can make friends for you. Its just an other pice of land in witch you are. Same also to USA, Italy and all other countrys.

    If you dont like this country, change it. If its so nice in your country, make our place the same. If you dont find friends, be friends. If you dont like the rich, make something for the poor. If you dont like the money in our country, dont make too rich people in your own country...

    .... be nice to the people leaving inside this country... they are italian, german, us, spanish..., be nice to them....

    make this liddle pice of land to the land you want it

  • Abdou Maatouk

    posted by  in Switzerland forum 

    but here i think the motto is every man/woman for himself/herself they care about about themselves more then other people, and i dont blame them.. nor complaining. an it depends on the region you're living in i guess still didn't make any friends yet, i guess it just needs time and patience. well if anyone is willing to meet id be happy to have a coffee with you or something :)

  • Go to Lubitsch _'s profile

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    I used to work (not living) in many countries. I'm living in Zürich since about fours years now, and well, here I am, googling "wtf is wrong here". I had many many contacts (and friendships, i guess...) with locals, i shared experiences with expats, and i've build a pretty clear opinion of what the problem is.

    A big lack of culture and knowledge about whatever happens outside the tiny country, beside the poor information filtered by the awful educational system and the ridiculous press they usually read....
    So... IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT
    Imagine to live in a small small rich village... have you ever experienced a provincial environment? well it's pretty much the same. we just have to live that from the wrong side: we are out of the circle. This is the province of the world, guys. A rich spoiled and isolated province.

    Generally (and then, superficially) speaking, Swiss people are not trained to process anything new, anything coming from "outside". With foreigners, they just use clichés. Like unfortunately everybody does, but they hardly get rid of them, they can't replace them it with real datas.
    So, my friends, you are the American, the English, the German, before you can even say a word. And they will have some problems with your country, your way to live, you, anyway, always. Lack of national identity, they need to be critic with all the world.
    obviously, they have cliché about themselves, but surprisingly are all SO POSITIVE.
    They repeat the "swiss quality" mantra like a background noise covering the real life, and i guess we all know how mediocrity is the only standard here...
    That's why they sound so arrogant, and they probably are, but in a very naive way.

    After all, I have some swiss friends, few people extremely illuminated or with a good life experience outside the country (and I'm not talking about three months backpacking in thailand). And they are lovely. But still, it's hard to meet them really often, you have to accept it. I'm not a pushy person, and i'm pretty fine with this way. But if you don't like naive and spoiled people, well, switzerland is not a good place for you, as is not for me.
    Anyway, I don't give up :)

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