Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

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Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Switzerland Culture Smart The Essential Guide to Customs Culture There is far to Switzerland than beautiful scenery chocolate watches faceless bankers and spotless cities The real Switzerland is full of surprises and anything but bland This small rugged landl

  • Title: Switzerland - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
  • Author: Kendall Hunter
  • ISBN: 9781787022515
  • Page: 489
  • Format: ebook
  • There is far to Switzerland than beautiful scenery, chocolate, watches, faceless bankers, and spotless cities The real Switzerland is full of surprises and anything but bland This small, rugged, landlocked country at the heart of Europe has been a confederation since the first three cantons came together in a defensive alliance in 1291 Four national languages are sThere is far to Switzerland than beautiful scenery, chocolate, watches, faceless bankers, and spotless cities The real Switzerland is full of surprises and anything but bland This small, rugged, landlocked country at the heart of Europe has been a confederation since the first three cantons came together in a defensive alliance in 1291 Four national languages are spoken within its borders Its present twenty six cantons are largely autonomous and retain their individual characters In this grassroots democracy real power lies with the people, who exercise it directly through frequent referendums Swissness is, above all, a spirit of independence and of communal involvement.Although it is a model of peace and multicultural cooperation, with one of the highest standards of living in Europe, Switzerland s prosperity has been hard won Historically neutral, it maintains a semi detached relationship within the European Union In 2014, a national referendum supported quotas on EU migrants Despite the several hundred thousand EU nationals living and working within its borders, and almost half a million Swiss working in the EU, this small, resource poor country appears determined to retain its independence Culture Smart Switzerland provides an historical perspective, explores Swiss values and attitudes, and looks at the cultural continuity of festivals and traditions It helps you navigate the workplace, the neighborhood, and the social scene It offers crucial insights into Swiss business culture, and generally on differences in communication style Swiss people are not always easy to get to know Proud, industrious, fair minded, and creative, they respect the individual, which means that while they appreciate clear thinking and direct talking, they avoid confrontation They will never intrude, yet will willingly help out if asked Make the effort, and people will respond Warmth, decency, intelligence, and wit are among the many hidden riches of this fascinating society.

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    1. Claudia Pino on said:

      Respectful and trueThis book truly captures the Swiss essence in a respectful and appreciative way. My late stepfather was Swiss (my mom and I are Latin American, he moved to our contry when they got married) and these pages brought to life so many memories! He trying to fit in a society that doesn't plan long term and time is 'relative', our emotional way to socialize, etc. I remember my mom once asking him by the tenth time in a very flirty way (as customary here) 'Honey, do you love me?, and [...]

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