So you thought you knew everything about Switzerland?
FOUR OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
It is hard to believe that there are four official languages in a country as small as Switzerland. But this is a fact! German, French, Italian and Romansh are all native languages of the Swiss. Of course, not all of them speak all of these languages. Many Swiss people usually speak a second country language. In addition, English is taught in the schools as a mandatory foreign language.
Swiss call it sometimes ‘the yellow gold’ and it can be found in almost every Swiss household. It is a salty flavour enhancer in a powder form which is used to season food. For many, it is almost impossible to go without it! If the Swiss travel abroad a small container (10g!) is often carried in the luggage. However, as Aromat is contains a lot of glutamate, it is avoided more and more as experts now believe this to be unhealthy.
The Swiss are very punctual people! Anyone who invites a Swiss person for dinner at around 18h should be ready by 17.55h because this visitor will soon be on the doorstep. This punctuality is also true for public transport. The bus leaves at 13.04h. Not 1 minute later!
MIGROS AND COOP
Migros and Coop are THE retailers in Switzerland. Nearly 90% of all Swiss people are either a “Migros child” or a “Coop child”. This means that from a young age you learn to have a preference. Usually, this stays with you into adulthood, unless the distance to the shop helps to change your mind!
Contrary to popular belief, fondue is not always just offered to the tourists, the Swiss eat this cheese dish a lot. It is usually served in winter or in colder weather. It is quickly prepared and everyone likes it, including vegetarians, which makes it a favourite food for home mealtimes. Only the smell staying in the apartment or the house for several days afterwards is something that might make you want to change the menu plan!
ABROAD IN 2 HOURS BY CAR
The Swiss are not used to driving long distances. You can reach your chosen destination often in a very short time. And no matter where you live, you can reach the neighbouring countries in just two hours.
THE SWISS AND SWISS MONEY
Switzerland is an expensive country. However, the Swiss also earn a reasonable salary. Unlike most of the tourists, who take a deep breath when studying the menu prices, even in cheaper restaurants. All surrounding EURO countries offer cheaper prices, which lures the Helvetians over the border for shopping.
IT’S HARD TO END A PHONE CALL
It seems to be difficult for the Swiss to finish a telephone conversation. The initial ‘good bye ‘is often repeated with another ‘bye’, ‘byebye’, ‘take care’ and more often than not, the conversation is then resumed only to start shortly afterwards with the farewells again.
RIVELLA INSTEAD OF COCA COLA
Rivella is a Swiss soda drink made from milk bacteria. You may raise an eyebrow but we must say that Rivella actually tastes really good. Rivella also offers a whole range of different flavours such as green tea, peach and even rhubarb. The Swiss would rather drink Rivella than Coca Cola. It’s also healthier.
KISSES HERE AND KISSES THERE
A Swiss greeting involves kisses. Many kisses. Left, right, left, while you hold the other person’s hand. This is quite amazing, because the Swiss are considered to be shy and introverted.