6 Questions To Never Ask A Swiss Person | USA vs. Switzerland Cultural Differences

6 Questions To Never Ask A Swiss Person | USA vs. Switzerland Cultural Differences


Hey guys, welcome back to How to Switzerland, Switzerland, Switzerland, Sarah here today and in today’s video I’m gonna be sharing with you six things to never ask a Swiss person. So I really wanted Matthias to be in this video because he’s Swiss, and I thought it would be good to have his two cents, but he’s super busy studying for his final exams right now, so I’m on my own today, but I did have him go over all the questions with me, And yeah, he helped me come up with them. So we compiled this little list of six things that, you know, I don’t want to use the word like you should, never ask but I think if you want to kind of fit in culturally and avoid awkward conversations and avoid maybe people thinking that you’re either too direct, or you’re overstepping, or that you just, I don’t know that these are just some things that you might want to keep in mind, either if you are traveling in Switzerland, if you are moving here, or if you meet a Swiss person abroad. Because you know there are actually a lot of cultural differences between the US and Switzerland. I’m American if you didn’t know that, which is why I always compare things to my experience living in the US. But yeah, you already knew that if you are a subscriber, and if you are subscribed, I just want to say how much I appreciate your support. I really just love engaging with you guys, seeing all your comments on the videos, you guys are always so positive and you know, I think it’s great that we have so many Swiss people watching, and they can leave their feedback down below, and we can get some other perspectives. So if you are Swiss, feel free to leave your feedback. We really love any constructive feedback about what we were commenting on, you know, your opinion and all that because it really helps people watching. So make sure to pop down in the comment section. Without further ado, let’s jump into the questions. First thing to avoid asking is, “What do you do?”. Now I know what you’re thinking, if you are an American watching this, you’re probably thinking, “what?” Because this is such a common question. I would go as far to say that in the States this is just an opener. This is just more or less a greeting, people say, “hi, how are you? Nice to meet you, Jessica. What do you do?”. You know, this is basically how Americans greet each other when they meet each other. Especially if you live in bigger cities, I mean, of course It depends greatly but my experience living in big cities or being around career-driven people, you will definitely be asked, “what do you do?” This is just a super common question, but here in Switzerland I have found and Matthias has agreed that people don’t ask this, and they don’t really like being asked this. The Swiss do not connect themselves and their identity so closely with their work, as they do in the United States for example. In the States, people very, their identity is very much tied to what they do for a living, and the Swiss try to separate that a little bit more, and they don’t necessarily connect what they do for work with who they are as a person. So that’s why when you meet somebody, you’re not going to be asked by a Swiss, “What do you do?”, and you should probably not ask a Swiss person this because they much preferred to talk about, I don’t know, sports, hobbies. You know, you might want to ask, let me tell what you could ask instead. A better question might be, “Oh, did you watch this thing, this sports event last night”, or “Did you go out hiking over the past weekend?” “Do you like to go fishing?” “Do you have, what do you do with your family?”, I don’t know, this kind of stuff, you know stuff outside of work. This is what people like to talk about. They aren’t so obsessed with talking about their work, especially when you first meet somebody. Now I’m not saying that you can never ask this, or you can never find out what people do for a living, but they want to get to know you first on a personal level and find out a little bit about your hobbies and who you are, before they’re gonna start opening up about what they do for work. Second question guys, this just has everything to do with stereotypes, but don’t ask Swiss people, “Do you make cheese?” “Are you a farmer?” “Can you yodel?”. Switzerland definitely has a history of agriculture, and they still have a lot of that going on, but I think it’s like less than 1% of the Swiss population that actually works in agriculture, and these are the types of questions that are just kind of, you know, how you say, like over asked. They get asked this stuff all the time as a joke, and it’s really not that funny. I was talking with Matthias about this, and he’s not like, he got asked these questions all the time when we lived in the States, and it’s certainly not like Insulting or anything, but it’s just really not that funny, you know, it’s not that funny to ask, you know, “Can you yodel?” They hear this all the time. It’s a cliche, it’s a stereotype and, but I have noticed living in Switzerland that a, really a lot of Swiss people do not like to be associated with farming and that kind of an industry because they like to be seen as a very high-tech, modern, wealthy, educated country, and when you assume that they’re farmers and stuff, I have noticed that some Swiss people do kind of get insulted and take this the wrong way. Of course at the same time they’re very proud of their agricultural roots and all the stuff that they do have going on in terms of all of that, but it’s certainly not something that every Swiss person can relate to, or most Swiss people can relate to, and they prefer to be seen as a highly industrialized, innovative country because they are. Third question not to ask a Swiss is “How much did you pay for blah, blah, blah, XYZ? How much did you pay for something?”. So Swiss people, when it comes to money, are extremely, and I mean extremely secretive. I don’t know if that is the right word, but the Swiss view money as a highly, highly personal matter, a very personal thing that you do not talk about publicly. And I know you might be saying, Sarah that sounds weird, I don’t know anybody that would ask somebody straight up, “How much did you pay for you know XYZ?”, but I have to say in the States I have seen a lot that people will kind of bring this up sometimes in like a subtle or kind of nonchalant type of way like, say somebody gets a new boat, It would be kind of normal to be like, “Hey, did you get a good deal on it?”, or this kind of stuff, like, “Oh, how much did that set you back?” or in like a more casual tone people might kind of bring up the aspect of money, and of course also in the US I find that people really like to kind of tout like, “Oh, I got a great deal on this top. It was only 29 dollars when it’s originally 150, I got it off the sale rack” and like, they’ll sometimes bring up prices, you know, It’s a little bit more normal to talk about how much things cost. And I’ve heard from multiple, multiple Swiss people that what they kind of think the Swiss mentality is, if somebody’s talking about money, if somebody goes and buys shoes, and just like talks about how much they cost, or talks about money, they assume that you don’t have it. So if you’re bragging about money, if you’re talking about money, it’s because you don’t have money. So that’s kind of how the Swiss look at those matters, and it’s much better to be modest about that, not bring it up at all. You’ll get a lot more respect from Swiss people if you can kind of just keep that to yourself. And one other note on this which just does kind of surprise me still, but Matthias told me that I should point out with money as well that talking about your salary is a huge no-go even with like close friends or family members, so family typically will not share how much they earn, what their salaries are, or even very close friends will not discuss those kinds of things, whereas in the States definitely friends talk about how much they earn and, I don’t know, I just feel like that’s a lot more normal, whereas here that is just like so, so personal, definite no-go. Just don’t talk about money at all. I know, it’s kind of funny because if you guys watch my other, my other channel, I love talking about money and personal finance and because I think it’s important that we kind of open up the conversation about that kind of stuff, so I completely understand the Swiss point of view, but at the same time, I think it’s important that we empower people to take control of their money and understand things like retirement and investing yada-yada. Now you’re getting to know me personally a little bit, so I think, I agree definitely with a lot of the Swiss money principles, but I think in some sense, we should encourage people to be a little bit more open, so we can support each other you know with personal finance, but anyways, next question. Another thing you shouldn’t ask a Swiss is, “Do you want to get dinner tonight?” So you’re like, what’s wrong with that question Sarah, that’s a perfectly normal question? But guys there’s a big, big thing in there. The fact that you would say, do you want to do something tonight? So anything, I’m gonna group this, okay, we’re gonna put this under an umbrella, an umbrella. Don’t ask Swiss people to do things on short notice even with friends. I mean, of course, it depends on the friend group and age and how busy people are, but Swiss people, they like to prepare. I know this might sound really silly, but when we do things with our Swiss family that we have over here, it’s usually done with, I would say minimum one weeks notice. So even if it’s just casually like popping over to a family members house for grilling, you wouldn’t really like call somebody up and be like, “Hey, it’s a nice day, like, what do you say we all get together tonight?” I think this will make a Swiss person panic a little bit, sorry If you guys think I’m trolling, but I just, I can laugh because I see this in my Swiss husband, and it just it makes me laugh so much because I’m like, why do you need notice to go grab a cocktail. Because Matthias, my Swiss husband, He is like this all the time with everything. If we’re doing anything with family, and I say, “oh it’s gonna be good weather tomorrow”, he’s always, “I don’t know, I think they need more notice.” I’m like, “okay, I give up.” So in Switzerland definitely don’t ask people to do things on short notice. And I guess part of this goes along with the Swiss culture of really wanting to be prepared, and if you tell people that you want to do something on short notice, they might feel as they do not, they might feel as if they do not have adequate time to prepare themselves, Which is why they’re kind of adverse to doing things on short notice because I guess, they just, they just like to be prepared, they like to be ready. Kind of have a spin off question that goes right along with this, and that is that you don’t need to ask Swiss people, “Are we still on for Thursday at 5:00?” or “Are we still on for October 12th of next year?”. If a Swiss person tells you that they will be somewhere at a certain time, they will be there, okay. You do not need to follow up and confirm that with them. Of course you can, if that’s your thing, and you want to do that, but I can compare this to my experience living in New York, and in New York you had to confirm with people like twice, and just, it was like you needed to confirm everything that you do because people are super flaky and just ’cause you get in a, in a, like just because you set something up with somebody, I always felt like, oh, I don’t know if it’s really going to happen. It’s just kind of like in the back of your mind that people might flake or blow you off or cancel or reschedule because people are very busy, and that’s fine, and I actually got totally kind of used to that, I got used to just, you know, reconfirming with people constantly, but in Switzerland you do not need to do that. You do not need to ask, “Are we still on for blank?”, not necessary. If a Swiss person says they will be there, they will be there. I can attest to this with, we bought some secondhand furniture, and we set up a bunch of appointments with people, and everybody showed up at the exact same time, you know, and I’ve bought a lot of stuff online in the US, and it’s, it’s always hard to kind of make sure everybody’s there, so I definitely appreciate that the Swiss people really, really keep their word. Alright guys moving on to question number five, and that is to not ask Swiss people about their role in World War Two. I know that this sounds kind of obvious, but it does come up, I would say quite often With Swiss people. I noticed when I lived in the States with my Swiss husband that people would sometimes bring this up as a joke And laugh about it or poke fun about you know, “Oh, would you have Nazi gold?”, and like all of this kind of stuff, and Swiss people really do not think this is funny. So if you think that this is kind of a funny icebreaker, I can recommend that you stay away from this question. All right, and the last question, question number six, sorry if I’m talking fast you guys, I had a Red Bull, and then the camera turns on, and I’m just like, I’m sorry, I know I need to slow. But we do have captions now, I think, so you can turn those on as well down below, there’s like a button that says CC, so those captions might help if I’m talking a bit too fast. But anyways guys, last question, question number six, it’s kind of funny one, it’s kind of a joke, but it’s kind of real at the same time, and don’t ask Swiss people, “Do you speak Swedish”, or “Do you speak Swiss?” This comes up all the time, I mean really all the time. Whenever I would tell people that I lived in Switzerland, or my husband is Swiss, these are the two questions, I would honestly say we got asked the most, like more than people said, “Do you speak German”, or, “Do you speak Swiss German?” It was, almost all these people were asking, “Do you speak swish Swiss or do you speak Swedish” Now of course, you might look a little, a little bit ignorant to a Swiss If you ask this, they’re not gonna find it insulting. They might find it, might find it kind of cute, but, yeah, it’s definitely not the right question. If you really want to impress a Swiss person, and you’re curious about their language, you could say something like, “Oh, you’re from Switzerland. Are you from the German region? Are you from the French region? I heard Switzerland has four national languages. Which region are you from?” Now this is really like, I know this is like shooting really high as a, as a, how do you say, like a alternate question, but you will really impress a Swiss person if you ask them this. So if you meet a Swiss person abroad and ask them that, they’ll be very impressed, definitely more impressed than if you ask them if they speak Swedish or Swiss. Again guys, it comes up, I know, but they’re not gonna be insulted, but it just makes you, makes you look a little bit ignorant, but I get it. Before I moved to Switzerland, I was not aware of the full language situation going on over here either. So those are all of my questions, like I said in the intro, if you are Swiss leave your feedback down below because it helps all the people viewing to get some extra feedback from some more people in the comments. Please share this video with a friend that you would think would find it helpful, subscribe if you are not already, and I’ll talk to you very soon in the next video guys. Bye, ciao!

100 Comments

  1. How To Switzerland says:

    Hey guys! Thank you for watching! 🙂

  2. Aidan Yanes says:

    The 3rd one is not really that true in Vaud we are very close to the french culture and being pretty. . . Oh LeTs gO tO tHe ResTaUraNt! Is Ok here

  3. Daniel Meyer says:

    never ask about the swiss atom bomb wich they tried to develop in the sixties never ask about the nuclear meltdown in a swiss nuclear plant

  4. Levi Friess says:

    No europe union. please not! es grüessli us em kanton züri😁🇨🇭🇨🇭🇨🇭

  5. Alix Rey says:

    I'm Swiss and i can't help but to disagree with some of those and agree with others. I've been in Canada for a few months now, and people mistake Switzerland for Sweden ALL THE TIME, and after 10 times it starts to become annoying.
    I think that the money thing is kinda true, i still don't know my mother's salary but I'll often speak about deals i got.
    The first one a little bit wrong? Like, even if your identity is not defined by your job, we still talk about it as an ice-breaker
    The one about planning is 100% true, I hate not to be able to plan in advance, even a day before is fine but i won't go to a restaurant spontaneously
    and for the WW2, I'll explain if someone tells me this even if I don't like to, but no, i don't find it funny in any way

  6. Jessica Stansbury says:

    its nice to meet you to.

  7. Patrizia Tripodi says:

    I don‘t agree with the first one.. I don‘t mind being asked what I do and I also ask other people when I meet them. Nobody was ever bothered by that.
    Also the point about short notice.. not really a thing, at least people my age are quite spontaneous.. 😉

  8. kim genier says:

    that’s weird because for us, like a swiss, it’s normal what you said ahahah 😂

  9. Banana man says:

    most viewers are swiss right

  10. Joël Blanc says:

    just ask us anything you want. don‘t worry we maybe seem really strict but we‘re soft in the inside. It‘s just that swiss have a big wall around them. If u ask us anything and be nice at the same time you‘ll get away with any question guaranteed and we‘re happy to help. Who cares about any Do‘s and Don‘ts? Just be confident and ask :)!
    Peace n love 💚❤️💚

  11. Hanna Samira says:

    To go with that last one: don't assume we all speak German either! 😁

  12. Lucas Sj says:

    Many people do wear masks, everywhere, deciding what to show to and what to hide from the others. Same thing here in Switzerland. Oder öpe nöd?

  13. Fabian Zimmermann says:

    Most of these things are more or less accurate. It depends on the situation in a few of these questions, but I think, that at least number 5 is very accurate. I would be very pissed of, if someone asked me, if we had Nazi gold.

  14. Heather J says:

    In the US, I would never ask someone as a first question what they do for a living. I also don't think the US is "obsessed" with this question or what other ppl do for a living. Asking personal questions about my family or what I do for fun when first meeting someone would be uncomfortable.

  15. Heather J says:

    People are super "flaky" in NY. I just can't subscribe anymore. There are too many negative false stereotypes of the US on here. Too much bashing IMHO.

  16. Nemones13 says:

    Of course, we're all different and have different customs, but it might also be a difference between the German and French parts because (I'm talking for me and my friends here):
    – we do ask people we don't know what they do for a living, although not as a primary question
    – we don't mind saying when we bought something for a good price or asking how much your friend paid for their freezer if you want to buy a new one for example
    – we don't mind organising things in short notice, except if that happens at our home. Like Sarah said, we want to be great hosts, so if we don't have time cleaning and cooking, it's a no go. But going for a drink or a meal if we don't have anything planned will be fun, especially in the summer! And popping up at our parents' home is just normal.
    – we don't mind talking about the bad things our country did during WWII, we weren't here after all!

    I love your videos, they're so fun to watch as a Swiss 🙂

  17. Painting starship says:

    Wie di meiste do eifach us de schwiiz chömed 😂

  18. Kuzia Studies says:

    I instantly wanted to move to Switzerland after you mentioned the point about planning ahead. I live in Ireland and in my experience people here are pretty spontaneous, inviting you to do something that very day or a day before that and I simply can't do that… I need to be warned a good week in advance!

  19. megaracerfan says:

    The do's and don'ts question depends on my opinion to which generation some people are. I can say mostly of this question are correct with person on 40+ , 50+ or older.With the younger generation you can talk more freely about this things without to embrass yourself.Something important I can think of, is if someone talk to a swiss person is to go slow and with patience on the conversation and don't rush with personal information to ask or to tell them and respect their personal space. Afterwards you can win a friend for a Lifetime.Greetings from canton Zürich

  20. Carry Bärliat says:

    Its funny to hear all that but i kinda dont agree with the one that we dont wanna do Things „Tonight“. I Love it when ihrer People say to me: do you wanna do this or this..🤷‍♀️

  21. Joaquim Sanchez says:

    hii chum die verzelt doch nur sheiss …. sry nöd böss gmeint

  22. KSBM A says:

    hi! I'm wondering what company you used to ship/mail all your stuff from the states to switzerland. i have maybe about 20 sterilite containers. each about 20 gal/151L capacity..

  23. Mega Hexli says:

    The whole money thing is a huge yes. Young people are a bit more open about it, we sometimes ask about how much they earn but only if they're really good friends. I think this might also be one of the problems as why women earn less money, because most don't even know they earn less than men for the same job.

  24. Steve Jeanneret says:

    There is a little bit more person working in agriculture. About 3% in Switzerland.

    For the WWII, maybe it depend where, but people I know juste don't care… but the culture about that may be different depending the linguistic region of the country?

  25. Emily Catherine says:

    Hey there! I’m traveling to Switzerland in a few weeks to visit my boyfriend and I switched to a vegan diet since I’ve been there last. A video on maybe some of your favorite cost effective recipes? I know fruits and veggies are pretty expensive. I’m quite blessed to live in a berry haven (California) Not very pleased to see such high prices on berries there considering I’m going to be staying for 6 weeks 😭

  26. D_Stroy_ Gamez says:

    as a swiss person i can 100% say that not a single rule you mentioned is true for me or my friends

  27. Ghost Rider says:

    Hoi

  28. Florian Gilgen says:

    Proud to be Swiss 🇨🇭🔥

  29. Florian Gilgen says:

    The 14th June there was the strike for women's rights !
    We supported every woman around the world !
    As a man I took part !!!
    There were different places to do it like Lausanne, Yverdon or Vevey. I was in Lausanne and I think most of people from the canton VD were there !

  30. Florian Gilgen says:

    I love your video !!!
    What's your other channel plz ? 😆

  31. Silentfighter 89 says:

    I'm from Switzerland, the question with the job I really don't mind. Quite the different. But please be interested in what I have to say and not just for small talk…people will notice. 🙂

  32. revathi bm says:

    I think your videos are quite nice and thoughtful.. though maybe not always accurate but they come with a good intention. It would be great if you could give more insight on how to socialise and make friends in Switzerland.. As I hear it's quite difficult..

  33. Be Ke says:

    „Do you make cheese?“ 😂😂😂 who would ever ask this question? Do you make Chocolate? Are you Heidi? It never ever came to my mind …

  34. elie Laure says:

    Hi Sarah I love both of ur channels was wondering who is your graphic designer ? please send some recommandations I love your branding

  35. Invincible YT says:

    Tbh, one of my music teachers in school was a world champion yodeller. Which was… interesting.

  36. Jost Tödtli says:

    For sure, you can ask us Swiss (not the old ones ) for our role in WII (question 5) !

  37. Emanouche says:

    I'm from Geneva, but I've been living in the states since I was 17 (35 now). I really miss it. It's nice to be reminded about some of the dos and don't, I haven't been there in 10 years. :_(. About not asking people to do things on short notice… mmmmh… that has almost never been the case for me as I invited friends on short notice and got invited to do things all the time in short notice too. Last time I was there, I didn't sleep for 3 days before going back to the states as I got invited to several dinners, 2 birthdays, and a few parties. Haha, man miss my country.

  38. hoolalaloo says:

    Hi Sarah, I love all of your videos! You are a Europe expert to me, so I have a sort of an irrelevant question for you. Do you happen to know why the shower doors in most of Europe are always halved? Since you've been to so many European countries, have you noticed this in the bathrooms? I did some research online but could not find a satisfactory explanation. Have you wondered why? Or do you know why this is? I am just really curious because it is everywhere (I've been to) in Europe but it doesn't make much sense to me! XD Thanks!

  39. aztmln says:

    People asking "do you speak Swiss?" Is such a stupid ass, dummy, ignorant question !!
    It's like asking a person from India, " Do you speak Indian?" Lol

  40. flic flac says:

    Thanks for the second one!! I am a Swiss and this is a such annoying question!!!

  41. Urs W-B. says:

    I agree with no 1, I don't like being asked about work, cos it's boring!

  42. Hinode Kaitoriku says:

    6th question is so fuckin accurate…like i just get offended when they start to joke around like that. Like christ different country and language! ;-;

  43. Beni Sebi Knellw. says:

    i am from switzerland

  44. Zoila Pinto says:

    It's no truth, swiss people like to ask a lot, at least this is my experience, I live in Switzerland since 2001. It can be extremely intimidated.

  45. M. H. says:

    13:00 talking to fast? I had the video running at 1.5 speed and it was perfectly understandable 🙂

  46. Ramona Schwander says:

    The thing with the money is so true 😂😂😂

  47. Javi says:

    That with the money thing is changing a bit. Young people are starting to talk a bit more about it more open. Also because switzerland has many foreign people (about 1/8) and these cultures get mixed. The young people want to know how to get more money and try to get a better job and ask those who have a better payed job.

  48. Michael McDonald says:

    You should call your channel “how not to USA”. I’m British living in Switzerland and our culture is very similar. As is every other country I’ve lived in. The USA is different.

  49. RossyMoneva says:

    I’ve been living in Switzerland for the last 3 years and I still haven’t figured out ‘how to Switzerland’, so I’m super grateful for your videos! 🤗🥰

  50. Svenock says:

    I am swiss and i can totally not agree on the first one. Its normally one of the first questions when you want to get to know someone. I would actually think that you are not interested in me as a person if you don't ask about my work. Haha

    Also i love to talk about WW2 and the roles of the different countries. Though if someone starts a conversation with: "hey, whats with all the Nazi Gold…", of course i assume that this person is not very well informed and has no real interest to talk about this topic. Its like i would start a conversation about this topic with a person from the US like: "Whats up with all the Nazi scientists you took in to get technological advancments….". Its simply just a stupid thing to do. Haha

    On the other points, i can very much agree, especially the money part.

  51. sarah says:

    I’m an Irish hairstylist currently living in the US but plan on moving to Switzerland (prob Geneva or Zürich , what are the salons like there? Should I learn German/French? Or is that unnecessary? Thanks a mil x

  52. O F says:

    number one is defo not true. You don't really ask how much one makes though(unless you know the person better). I guess you view the things a lot from the "city of Zurich" kind of view, which is not really representative for the whole country

  53. Noemie Nioura Licini says:

    Hi Sarah! Loved that video =) as a Swiss person I would say most of this was true but not the first one, maybe it depends on regions! Haha so true for the planning… Funny video

  54. TyrannoXam says:

    Hi thanks for speak about Switzerland, i'm from switzerland 🇨🇭 in Saint-imier
    Ps: sorry for my bad english i'm french

  55. Koan Tao says:

    As a Swiss living abroad, I am used to all kinds of questions, so I don't care, but the one about speaking Swiss amuses me all the time, as I realize right away that I am dealing with a less educated person.
    One question missing is: Never ask for the personal phone number, unless it is necessary, like work. Swiss are very jealous of their phone number.

  56. Richifilms Alpha says:

    I live in switzerland since my birth and some things you say like that we can‘t be spontaneous really aren‘t true

  57. Richifilms Alpha says:

    The video is educative in a way, but just for americans in the US that see a swiss person and not for an american visiting switzerland

  58. Justin Steger says:

    I looked up if Switzerland allow civilians to own firearms and Google said they do. Is this true

  59. Benoit Stalder says:

    Hi great video !
    About the short notice, it is probably very true for Swiss Germans. It is less true for west Switzerland 😉

  60. Yann rossel says:

    Who will ask someboy "Are you making cheese ? "… Like if I ask an American " Are you making guns ? "…

  61. Yuliya S says:

    I think the first questions is common in US because networking is huge. Swiss people are probably causious if this is asked, thinking you might only stay in contact with them if you see a possible advantage.

  62. Ken Rose says:

    Depends of which part of America also, it NOT always appropriate to ask what someone does. Not every part of America is the same.

  63. Ken Rose says:

    Sorry but a lot of this stuff can EASILY apply to Americans.

  64. Christopher Compagnon says:

    The question about the WWII is awkward because it is based on a cliche… «Gold, gold, gold». It is only a question about money from greedy people. Go to your questions about salary… or the price of things. Same topic…
    😉

  65. Christopher Compagnon says:

    If you really want to impress swiss people, ask about the canton they come from.
    And then, you can ask about the language spoken.

  66. Diana L says:

    huh but s'erschte isch e normali frog

  67. fabrice says:

    I feel like 90% of your viewers are swiss poeple lol

  68. Fish Blob says:

    This is so true! I totally panic if someone asks me to go out at short notice. XD I'm in introvert though, that also plays a role I think.

    Did only US-Americans ask you whether you spoke Swiss/Swedish? I have only ever been asked that by US-Americans. People in Europe would never ask that, Asians do not even ask that.

  69. U. S. says:

    Hi , my english is bad !!

    Wow you do a great Job !! Yes i dont wanna talk about money , its more importend if you feeling fine !! You understand… and jep , dont ask dates (?) on "short notice" …

    Smile great Video

  70. Marco Boneff says:

    Nice and very interesting video! As a Swiss guy I can tell that you definitely touched some of our soft spots (like being asked if we do speak "Swiss", that happens a lot!) even though I think that many things really depend on which part of Switzerland you come. In the Italian speaking region, in example, we are actually really proud of our "swissness" and don't like being confused with Italian people even thought they're actually next door and we share a lot of our culture with them. We also don't like when people think we're all rich because we're living in a rich country. It's not true and we definitely have our problems 🙂

  71. jonny mnemonic says:

    dont ask swiss girl about a date: they think they have a golden Vagina…

  72. F T says:

    The 1 week in advance part is bs

  73. MyBlack66 says:

    Never wear white socks in Switzerland, this is forbidden by law 😉

  74. Thomas Christiansson says:

    Ok I’m swiss and this whole list is completely stupid
    It’s also not the first time you’re videos have mistakes and your voice is painful to listen to
    It’s also rather disrespectful towards other Swiss people that you say all of this stuff about is when you obviously have no clue what you’re going on about

  75. Delan Kavije Kumarasamy says:

    U are telling things but there is a resson why Swiss people dont apprieded those question im from swiss thats why

  76. Awks Ward says:

    I'm looking forward to moving to Switzerland when older and the money one is a little confusing is it okay to ask how much something was e.g "How much was that hat I would like to buy that sometime?"

  77. TwistBeatz says:

    Red niemmert schwyzerdütsch…

  78. Peter Meister Dr says:

    Haha very entertaining. Money thing is absolutely corrrect. When I want to catch up with a group of friends I have to make an appointment months in advance. Swiss like to show how busy and desired they are. Q5 The banks had to give the jewish gold back they received from the Nazis after it came out about 20 years ago.

  79. Soltando meu Veneno says:

    Swiss💩💩💩💩💩💩🤢🤢🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮

  80. Pascal Kolb says:

    First Rule for Switzerland: Don't talk about money. True but sad…

  81. Eber sold says:

    Untertitel ?!

  82. David Heenan says:

    Sounds like a very civilized country.

  83. David Heenan says:

    Do you save much from your paycheque after paying your bills in Switzerland? I hear its crazy expensive.

  84. David Heenan says:

    Most expensive country in europe

  85. Aurel Specker says:

    Well, usually you can ask these things. Just don't be dissappointed, if they don't give an answer and don't have time.

  86. christoph schibler says:

    J. Paul Getty (American) the richest man on world at it's time said: "Don't talk about money. Own it." That's how Swiss people think. You can talk about percentage. Like how many percent from you salary you need to spend for the rent.

  87. SMenberg says:

    YOU NAILED IT! almost perfectly. another great video.
    as a swiss, i confirm everything! 100% true (in general).

    The first question may needs an additional explanation (from a swiss point of view). The question itself isn't a problem at all – we're just afraid of the following conversation! we work to live, not the other way around. i spend 11-13 h a day working (including lunch and commuting) and whenever i'm out of office, i like to focus on private activities.

    Whenever someone asks me about my job, i expect him to chat about that topic for hours! In some cases, the question is also an opener to complain about the job. Complaining is the most swiss thing to do – beside eating swedish cheese and jodeling about Kuckucksuhren *G*. The conversation may also leads to an annoying competition (Schnäbifächte): Who's better/faster/wealthier or more important to the company or the society. ugh.
    Another common follow up-question is: "oh, so you know about that stuff and i've got that problem here. Will you help me?". For family members or friends ("friend" by a swiss definition) i've got NO problem at all to help anytime. Anyone else may just get a harsh answer or a lousy excuse, depending on the conversation before that question. I may also hand over my office's contact information.

    Same goes to the question about income/money. whenever that topic shows up, someone will end up feeling poor or underpaid. i highly respect all the families with a below-average salary. Somehow, they manage to survive in switzerland – sometimes under harsh conditions. i can't show that respect while talking about money. They got way more important stories to tell (because of life experience!), so listen and approve.

    As someone else asked in the comment section: "What will they have left to talk about?!"

    This really depends on who you talk to and where you get to know that person from. coworker? chitchat about the company or some competitors. talk about the latest couple of the office, the stupidest customer, the most hillarious support call and so on… just be aware: dont talk about the job for too long!

    – Weather is changing everyday! always an opportunity to complain. too hot, too wet, too cold, too foggy, too perfect (yes, we complain about "not beeing able to complain"!). And its a good opener to:
    – hiking, biking, random daytrips or even weekendtrips to some cities abroad. and all the nice things to experience there.
    – sports / television / events someone attended. even musicals, theaters, movies, music shows, openairs and so on.
    – hobbies in general. every swiss has multiple hobbies or is a member of a society / committee. maybe you have something in common.

    – chatting about politics, foreigners / refugees and european union is dangerous! it may end up in a long and deep conversation – or ends up catastrophic. but even then, the time is not completely wasted.
    – you can even talk about cooking skills and recipies. Many swiss can cook really well and are interested in trying new things.
    – and if there's absolutely nothing left to talk about: the mandatory military service (or in my case: the civil service)

    sorry about the wall of text…

  88. Maulde Cuérel says:

    We are spontaneous, it is just that the coop closes at 6pm – So we have to plan ahead 😉

  89. AFHealth_Fitness says:

    I wish our identity wasn't defined by what we do for a living. Especially since what I do is so hard to explain lol. And for Q 5…. why would asking about world war II or any war be funny anyway? I really don't understand Americans sometimes and I'm American 😔

  90. Disena Sol says:

    "Do you have nazi gold?" "Sure thing! Wanna trade some for the land you guys acquired via genocide of the native population?"

    The best icebreaker ever – make it awkward for both parties^^

  91. saseee99 says:

    Well I‘m from Switzerland and I really love to tell and know from other people what they do ☺️ but I get that there are a lot of swiss people who don’t like to talk about that. The rest of the video is pretty accurate tho 😅

  92. Bankai BrainDead says:

    I think the thing about the salary is shifting. Im 23 and for me and my friends it can happen that we talk about money. For example when im looking for a new employment i ask them about theyr salary to check what i can get.

  93. marco brenni says:

    We Swiss are by far not so easy going as you Americans. Maybe this its because our origins are rooted on the mountains or valleys where people is more closed up. Anyway your opinions are very precious to us and also brillantly-funny exposed. Thank you!

  94. Ellen Griffith says:

    Canada is the same when it comes to money. If your poor or rich it’s considered rude to discuss it.

  95. Jimbo Jones says:

    If the swiss are so smart and sophisticated, how come so many people from all over Europe can steal their well paid jobs? 😂

  96. yann Sierro says:

    im a swiss person and i find it pretty accurate

  97. Analeza Ali says:

    I don't know why I don't live here. These values are already in me and annoy, or are probably a good test for me lol, the way people behave in Canada.

  98. Rachel Bronke says:

    I find it INCREDIBLY RUDE. I am more Swiss. lol I am WAY more Swiss than most Americans I know. Romanians are similar…They want to be your friend, not your lol business partner. A better way to get your foot in the door, so-to-speak, is…I really love honeybees, where is the best place to buy some organic honey? Also, don't say cheap anymore…Say you'd like to look at pretty shoes. I get them assuming I'm rich even when they have NO CLUE.

    Stay right out of the WWII topic unless you have brass ****s.-You're right. Your best defense is that lots of Jewish people had to flee to Switzerland to escape Nazi occupied Germany. Then, the right people will be your friend. Their role in WWII was to give Jews fleeing from Nazi occupied Germany a safe place to exist…That's the truth and polite company won't discuss it with you.

  99. ema sanna says:

    Wooow (14:13) she knows that in Switzerland we speak 4 languages! Not even all swiss know that there are 4

  100. Christian Fendt says:

    As an Austrian I, when speaking in a non-business setting about the Swiss, refere to the Swiss as Nazi-Gold-Hiders. Oh, they don't want to talk about that? They don't like to be confronted with the truth about their history? Poor them. Swiss are not very liked around Europe. Because they are so rich they don't give a sh** about other Europeans and they don't want to join the European Union. They just want to cherry pick. They want to remain beeing the hiding place for money from dictators and other disgusting Individuals.

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