Culture Shock! Switzerland

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Culture Shock! adds two new "At Your Door" city lifestyle guides and one new country guide. The release of more Revised and Expanded Culture Shock! country editions continues with thirty-one now available. With over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide, the Culture Shock! brand name is recognized as the leading reference source for international customs and etiquette.

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Overview

Culture Shock! adds two new "At Your Door" city lifestyle guides and one new country guide. The release of more Revised and Expanded Culture Shock! country editions continues with thirty-one now available. With over 1.5 million copies sold worldwide, the Culture Shock! brand name is recognized as the leading reference source for international customs and etiquette.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Preface 7
Map of Switzerland 8
1 The Switzer-land of Flowing Milk and Money 9
Arriving in the clinic of the world 11
Have car will travel 12
Get me to the train on time 12
Hail me a Mercedes 14
2 Confederation Helvetia 15
History of the oath of Grutli 16
Language 18
Economy 26
Religion 29
Politics 31
3 The Facts of Life 34
Climate 35
Visa and a permit to stay 37
A place to call home 38
Getting a phone 39
Electricity 40
Television and radio 40
At La Poste/Swisscom 41
The Swisscom 43
Insurance 43
But first, how to get some wheels 44
Safety in Switzerland 47
Opening and closing hours 48
Public Holidays 49
Shopping 50
Swiss currency 53
Recycling 53
4 Folklore Galore and Entertainment Today 55
Newspapers and journals 57
Art and culture 58
5 Ski, Surf, Sun and Skincare 68
What to do in winter 69
Summer sports 72
Clinical living 76
6 Education: Public, Private and the Very Private 79
From kindergarten to primary school 81
Upper middle school or gymnasium 82
University 83
The very private schools 86
Hotel schools and vocational institutes 87
7 Do's, Don'ts and Dunnos 89
8 One-day Excursions to Somewhere Else 104
9 From Aargau Carrot Cake to Zurich Sliced Veal 113
Eating in versus eating at the inn 114
So what's really in a swiss meal 115
When you invite 116
When you are invited 117
Breads 117
Cheeses 117
Wines and spirits 118
Meats 119
Fruits and vegetables 120
Potatoes 121
Fish 121
Desserts 121
10 All About Business 127
The Challenge Today 129
Wages 130
The Breadwinner 131
Working hours 131
Insurance 132
Have business will travel 133
National fairs 134
Power lunches and dress codes 134
Work ethics 134
The commercial language of business 135
Who's who in the innovative line 135
The twelve I's for success 136
11 Last Resorts and Last Remarks 139
Cultural Quiz 142
Glossary 153
Resource Guide 155
Further Reading 160
The Author 162
Index 163
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