look at this post from a english poster from "http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-life/3912-why-i-love-switzerland.html
Why I love Switzerland,
I actually get embarrassed and a little angry when people around me slag-off Switzerland or Swiss culture, of course when things aren’t going to plan stress takes hold and a polarized negative view can dominate your life. However, I know when I have it good, so to speak. I have lived here for 6 years now and after working for a nightmare British born boss, although I felt I did my job over and above the average person, this was never noted and now I find myself unemployed again. I pray to find work under a straightforward Swiss person.
I also have difficulty in learning the language. To me, I’m quite proud of my German language progress but here in Switzerland I’m probably at the same level of a 10 year old learning English. Swiss people are a highly educated race who don’t suffer fools gladly and neither should they. This is the main reason I can not find a job. Still, some people who are used to having it easy in their own countries arrogantly think that the Swiss are just hanging around waiting to give away job opportunities to anyone just because they ask.
Why would or should they when their own people have studied hard for years, this attitude I’ll never understand.
In England if I opened my mouth to speak, my working class accent would instantly exclude me from certain positions or social groups, here I am just English and have never felt any class prejudice. I have been welcomed into the Basel community on my personality alone, something unthinkable in England.
I also feel safe and secure all the time and have experienced life on a level unknown to me previously. A level of selflessness and compassion, where people that ask a question actually listen to your answer and give honest opinions back. The Swiss won’t just agree for the sake of it, or say what you want to hear. This I can respect totally, I’m sick to the back teeth of moaning liberals, who expect life to be fair and cry because they feel misunderstood. life is not fair. However, in Switzerland it is constant, get used to that and half the battle is won.
Socially, the Swiss are great hosts, any excuse for an Apero they’ll have one. A dry humor that shocks even a mouthy person like myself, shows me how intelligent even a lay-man is. Laws here are amazing, and new law can be enforced within a month and if it seems not to be working, will be changed immediately, not debated again and again, this I admire greatly. In England, if they tried to make a new law, it can take years because just because one person comes up with a lame excuse that it doesn’t fit 0.1% of the community, then the debates start over again.
My only complaint is, there really is nothing for free here, except maybe the views, which are boss. I really do hope to find work soon but in the meantime I am going to be thankful for my permission to stay. Thank you Basel Statt. xxx