Switzerland is as much known for its natural beauty as for its commercial activities. The people here also depict the same breadth in interests and abilities. And yet some aspects of the Swiss character may leave a foreigner puzzled. So if you are looking to meet Swiss men in a social context, here are few things to keep in mind.
They take time to open up
One of the first things you need to remember while getting acquainted with a Swiss guy is that they take to open up. They prefer to adopt a formal stance with somebody that just been introduced to. The Swiss use formal forms of address both in German - Sie rather than du - and in French - vous rather than tu. Also remember that it is customary to greet and say good-bye to a person using their name. Above all the Swiss like to maintain their own personal space. A handshake is the normal greeting between men and women and only among close friends and relatives do people kiss as a way of greeting each other. So if you are being introduced to a Swiss guy for the first time, don’t expect him to hug you or attempt to kiss you on the cheeks. Also it may take some time to initiate a conversation with men of this country since the Swiss are not known to be avid conversationists, especially with people they have just met. Thus in the beginning they may come off as rather formal and distant. However once they get to know you better and more importantly wish to do so, you will find them opening up to reveal themselves as smart, intelligent guys with loads of brains to match their chiseled looks.
Indeed even when you are in a relationship with a Swiss guy, you may feel at times that things are moving rather slowly; they are not really passionate and physically intimate in the manner of Italian or Greek lovers. Rather a Swiss guy likes to take his time while dating and be completely sure of his feelings before committing himself to a relationship.
They are punctual
One of the cardinal rules while dating Swiss men is to be always on time. So if your date says he will come to pick you up at seven in the evening, you can be sure that he is outside your door at six-forty-five. A part of the Swiss culture of perfectionism makes them exceedingly punctual and the easiest way to fall in a Swiss man’s esteem would be to show up for a date several minutes late. The Swiss, usually arrive anywhere fifteen minutes early to ensure that nothing makes them late for an appointment – an eventuality which is perceived as a significant blot of on character in Switzerland. Little wonder then this country is famous for its trains always running on time and things going tick-tock in general.
They aspire to perfectionism
There is a reason why Swiss guys are the biggest managers of the world’s private wealth – they try to be thorough in everything they do. Taking care of the details, working in a measured pace and aspiring to the highest standards of perfection has produced some of the most precise brains in the global male population. A case in point is Switzerland’s reputation as the best producer of watches, utility knives and similar precision equipments. Thus if you are seeking to impress your Swiss guy, you need to show regard for the same qualities of precision and perfectionism in yourself as well.
Thus avoid showing up for dates in torn jeans and dirty tees; make sure your hair is nicely washed and styled without stray bits blowing all over your face. Also turning up in a smart dress or a classy gown will do nicely instead of looking like something the cat dragged in. More importantly don’t appear as a slacker in your personal and professional life. Show that you are neat and well-organized both at home and your workplace and you will be able to impress your Swiss boyfriend.
Fond of cheesy delights
While Swiss girls go weak in their knees for chocolate, a sure-fire way of breaking the male Swiss reserve is to serve them tasty cheesy treats. So if you wish to impress your Swiss guy, buy him a gift of gourmet cheese. Indeed for a home date you can invite your man and treat him to fondue made of melted Emmental, Gruyère, white wine and flour which is considered a national favorite. And even if you don’t get it completely right the first time, he is will surely appreciate your having taken the time and effort to make something special for him.
Love of the outdoors
In this Alpine paradise it is only natural that Swiss men turn out to be great lovers of the outdoors. Mountains cover three fifths of Switzerland's area and mountaineering, skiing and hiking are major parts of life. On holidays and weekends, Swiss families, couples and groups of friends can be seen taking off for the mountains. And even though 68% of Swiss are urban dwellers, those who can afford usually have a cottage in the mountains and the richer ones own a luxury chalet. Best of all the Swiss love of the outdoors is not limited to sporting activities and recreational pursuits but they are extremely aware of the need to protect the wealth of their natural resources. Indeed their commitment to the environment could put the rest of the world to shame; 60% of their energy needs are met by hydroelectric power, and each year they produce half the amount of waste per head that Americans do. so if you are thinking of taking your relationship with your Swiss guy to the next level, show your love and concern for the outdoors. A good idea would be to suggest camping in the mountains under the stars - he will be thrilled to find a co-enthusiast and you will be able to bond with him big time.