«Schwingen»: the Swiss answer to wrestling

«Schwingen” is a special variant of wrestling and probably the most traditional sport in Switzerland. Even more typical than skiing. “Schwingen” is also called “Hoselupf”, which means literally translated trouser-lift, which comes from the fact that you used to grab

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5 Swiss clichés that are guaranteed not to be true!

5 Swiss clichés that are guaranteed not to be true!

No matter where you go, as soon as you drive to another country or just to another city in your own country, the good old clichés stick to you. Clichés are omnipresent. Every country has them, and every tourist fights

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The interesting development of Swiss German

The interesting development of Swiss German

From Moin (in Northern Germany) to Grüßgott (in Southern Germany), Grüessech (in Berne), Grüezi (in Zurich) to Servus (in Austria), the German language has many forms. What is usually called Schwiizerdüütsch in contrast to High German (the standard written German

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Swiss proverbs: Insight into the Swiss people’ s soul

Swiss proverbs: Insight into the Swiss people’ s soul

If you want to learn something about a foreign culture, you should take a closer look at the proverbs of the respective language. They reflect the mentality and customs of a country and give deep insights into how the folk

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“Schweizerpsalm” – how Switzerland got its own anthem after all

“Schweizerpsalm” – how Switzerland got its own anthem after all

Imagine you are sitting in a full football stadium and the national anthems of both teams are being played. And both anthems sound exactly the same. Unimaginable? Copied from the English – or shall we say stolen? Not in Switzerland.

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How to quickly integrate and make friends in Switzerland

How to quickly integrate and make friends in Switzerland

Switzerland is not exactly an easy place to settle in and make new friends. Foreigners and expats living in Switzerland often talk about their difficulties to socially integrate. If you haven’t grown up here and made friends in school and

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How to grill in Switzerland: Everything for the perfect bbq

How to grill in Switzerland: Everything for the perfect bbq

Switzerland is a barbecue nation. Even if the weather is often unstable in summer, the Swiss don’t let their beloved barbecue party go to waste. Whether on your own balcony or outdoors, barbecuing is the Swiss people’s biggest pleasure in

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