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CultureShock! Switzerland by Max Oettli

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“One day the axe just fell.”

—Bob Dylan

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORK ETHIC IS PRETTY IMPORTANT in Switzerland, as it is in many other European countries, and most people spend much of their time gainfully employed. It is definitely not—as it has become in parts of the US and Asia—an obsession, and people do believe very firmly in their leisure and in holidays. This does mean, of course, that if you work for an American or Asian company, for example, you’ll have to be a little assertive to make sure that you get the hours and the leave to which you have ...

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