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!

  1. 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..

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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 😭

  5. 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 !

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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..

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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! ;-;

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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! 🤗🥰

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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

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

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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…

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

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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 🙂

  35. 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

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

  37. 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?"

  38. 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.

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

  40. 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.

  41. 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…

  42. 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 😔

  43. "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^^

  44. 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 😅

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

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

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. Who cares if Zürchers get offended when people ask about cheese and farming? Switzerland should be more Sennisch anyway.

  52. I think in my personal experience the short notice thing is more for bigger stuff or inviting a lot of people. I often ask my close friends to grab a beer on short notice, or to go grilling by the lake. but for birthdays and stuff like that we plan in advance sure. mostly because if you are living in your 20s a lot still have to study for the internship or for University and like to plan their time or older ppl often need to handle their family

  53. I think that no talking about money is good because, some people become so insecure and start acting like they are worst then you coz you earn much more

  54. I definitely prefer the question how is your day going or how about this hot weather is an icebreaker ironically enough do do the summer in Texas

  55. It is really funny to hear, how people see Swizerland. I personaly been never askt if i can jodel ore speak swedish. It is really interessting to hear sutch things

  56. Why aren't we outsiders allowed to ask these questions of the Swiss?….

    ……when the Swiss can ask foreigners questions like "..why are you so fat?"….or…"what do you think of Trump?"….

  57. The part with the money is not because we think you do not have money but for a lot of people it is like spouting off, like telling someone I have so much money… it is just… annoying, unnecessary and just dumb
    The thing with meeting up spontaneously depends really on the job. I am working in a hotel my whole life needs to be spontaneous😂

  58. This is so interesting and I am now subscribed o your channel. We discovered that my family is of Swiss heritage. The large family half moved to the US in the 1540’s and the other half stayed in the Canton Thurgau in the town of Matzingen. I am planning to visit in the next year or so to spread a little of my fathers ashes in the town.

  59. My Grandma lives in Mendrisio, Switzerland and she hardly follows any of these. She's 84 years old and honks at other drivers who aren't moving fast enough for her. Super un-Swiss! She has told us more than once: "life is too short to act Swiss!" Of course, she lives in Ticino, the Italian speaking Canton.

  60. Maybe I'm a closet Swiss person. I believe in prior planning, being prepared, and being punctual. I like what I'm hearing…

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