Switzerland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Set aside your preconceptions of postcard scenery, chocolate andcheese, faceless bankers, and spotless cities. The real Switzerlandis anything but bland. This small, rugged, landlocked country atthe heart of Europe is full of surprises.Adaptable, law-abiding, straight-talking, efficient and honestare all part and parcel of the national character, however all wasnot always peaceful in this land. Today, "Swissness" is thecombination of a high regard for individuality and a strongcommunal spirit. The country's political makeup greatly reflectsthis: a Confederation of largely autonomous cantons, each retainingits own unique character, and a strong tradition of directdemocracy.Culture Smart! Switzerland reveals the human dimension of thisenigmatic country. It provides an historical overview, exploresSwiss values and attitudes, and looks at the cultural continuity offestivals and traditions. It will help you navigate your waythrough various aspects of Swiss life and society and reveal thewarmth, decency, wit and intelligence that characterises itsinhabitants.There is advice on meeting people, on how to behave in differentsituations, and how to avoid cultural misunderstandings. It looksat the home life of the Swiss, describes what is important to them,how they work, relax, and their perception of foreigners. Crucialinsights into business and communication styles are also shared,helping you to discover for yourself the many hidden riches of thisfascinating society.