Culture Shock

Stop that Smiling

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If you go around smiling at people and being overly friendly, the Swiss will think you have mental problems. I have had to train myself not to look directly at people and smile when I pass them. It's nothing personal, but people here keep to themselves and don't show much emotion in public. For a good example of this, visit a Swiss casino. The bells will be ringing and money will be pouring out of a slot machine, but you won't hear one human exclamation of victory.

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