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When it comes to dating in Switzerland, online forums are full of expats crying out for tips on meeting the ‘reserved’, ‘conservative’ or ‘unapproachable’ Swiss.
Swiss people may not be keen on making an effort when they know you are likely to move on in the near future, explains Tijmens.
She says: “Labelling yourself as an expat when you want to date locals is not always helpful.
Women should make themselves more approachable by, for example, smiling and saying ‘hello’. It doesn’t pay off to label yourself an ‘expat’ Think being an expat will make you sound exotic? There are around two million expats in Switzerland from all over the world, but the Swiss are on their home turf: they have friendships they established as children, making it hard for foreigners to build relationships with them.
“This gives the man the green light to speak to you. Exacerbating the problem is the temporal nature of expats.
There’s no specific etiquette on this in Switzerland, says Tijmens.
“If you are only interested in sex or a one night stand, then the answer is one,” she says.
Who knows, you may even meet a person to spend the whole life with.
The Swiss need plenty of encouragement Search dating on any Swiss expat forum, and you find a slew of women moaning that men don’t approach them.
Take German expat Lena*, a leggy blonde: she noticed that since moving to Zurich, she has not been hit on much in bars.
But you usually need to date around to find the right match. Tijmens advises keeping each date to lunch or dinner – “absolutely no intimacy while you are dating several people,” she warns.
“And do not lie about the fact you are going on different dates.