Culture & Language
Regions and Languages in Switzerland
Many expats remark on how hard it is to make friends with the native Swiss. It’s often said that the locals have a reputation for being reserved, conservative and conformist, and while never hostile to expats, they are seldom outgoing. One thing that can be hard to adjust to is the petty laws which govern certain behaviors. For example, if you live in a block of flats, there are set times you can use the washing machine, and you cannot wash your car on a Sunday. It is often noted that conformity is one of the key forms of acceptance in this decidedly neutral country.
Overall, however, Switzerland is an easy country to adapt to, with a growing network of expat communities to ease the transition from home, should you need it.