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

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  • Hey guys! Thank you for watching! 🙂

  • 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

  • its nice to meet you to.

  • 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.. 😉

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

  • most viewers are swiss right

  • 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 💚❤️💚

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • Wie di meiste do eifach us de schwiiz chömed 😂

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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..🤷‍♀️

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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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 😭

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

  • Hoi

  • Proud to be Swiss 🇨🇭🔥

  • 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 !

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

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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..

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

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

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

  • 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! ;-;

  • i am from switzerland

  • 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.

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

  • The thing with the money is so true 😂😂😂

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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! 🤗🥰

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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…
    😉

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

  • huh but s'erschte isch e normali frog

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 🙂

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

  • The 1 week in advance part is bs

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

  • 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

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

  • 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?"

  • Red niemmert schwyzerdütsch…

  • 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.

  • Swiss💩💩💩💩💩💩🤢🤢🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮

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

  • Untertitel ?!

  • Sounds like a very civilized country.

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

  • Most expensive country in europe

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

  • 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.

  • 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…

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

  • 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 😔

  • "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^^

  • 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 😅

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • im a swiss person and i find it pretty accurate

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

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