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Are the Swiss closed-minded?

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I don't know if it is me or the Swiss - but I'm having a real hard time connecting to natives over here. Does anyone have similar experiences with closed-minded Swiss people? And what does it take to break the ice?

  • jon gore

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    It's important to avoid making broad generalizations about an entire group of people based on individual experiences. While some individuals in Switzerland, like anywhere else, might appear closed-minded, it's not fair to label an entire population as such.

    Breaking the ice and connecting with Swiss natives, or people from any culture, often involves patience, understanding, and open-mindedness from both sides. Building relationships takes time, and making an effort to understand and appreciate the local culture can go a long way in fostering connections.

  • Raquelle L'Orean

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    Thanks for your answers! I finally got to meet some Swiss people and after a while it turned out that they're really nice and open-minded after breaking the ice. I guess it just takes a little longer here ;)

  • Pauline Pham

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    Hi Raquelle

    I am lucky in that because I am here with my fiance (who is a local Swiss), I have instant access to his family and friends network. They are very sincere and generous people once they get to know you. I've only been here for 1 month and they have all been very welcoming. What I have been told many times by various Swiss people, is to truly integrate into Swiss society, you must know the language. It is the social gateway. I guess in Bern, learning Swiss-German is thus the key. Networking between friends of friends seems to be the next step. Good luck!

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    It depends really where you are geographically in Switzerland. I have been living in the French part for a few months, and as a foreigner they are really friendly. They are, in a sense, very French, emotional and expressive with the feelings and thoughts.

  • Karl Maizier

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    Compared to the Austrians - the Swiss ARE closed-minded!

  • Liliane M

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    Hi Raquelle! The Swiss are actually not closed-minded, but simply don't tend to show their emotions. Don't get shyed off by this - and after a while you'll discover their true character!! You will break the ice eventually ;o)

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