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Au Pair Culture Quests


Western Europe
Capital: Zurich
Languages: German, French, Italian, Romansh
Religion(s): Christianity
(predominantly Roman Catholic/Protestant)

The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Switzerland. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.

Common Characteristics:

  • Swiss people are very friendly and polite.
  • Small is beautiful: Swiss are modest and reserved in a pleasant way. It’s impolite to be too loud.
  • Traditions, quality, punctuality and perfectionism mean a lot to the Swiss. People in Switzerland take their time to fulfil duties and tasks perfectly instead of being overhasty.

Fun Facts:

  • Switzerland has more than 1,500 lakes, and 70% of Switzerland is covered in mountains.
  • Chocolate is a major Swiss export – just 18 Swiss chocolate companies make 172,376 tons of chocolate in one year.
  • In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig. You have to keep them in pairs.

Useful Phrases:

  • How are you?             Wie goots Ihne?
  • Fine, thanks.               Dangge, guet, und Ihne?
  • My name is….             I heisse….
  • Nice to meet you.        Fröit mi.
  • Thank you.                  Merci vielmal.

“ Go for it. Be positive and open. It has been one of the most important experiences in my life.”   – Karolina - au pair from Switzerland
“It's an experience that no one can ever take away from you. It opens your mind and you will learn that there are many different ways to live your life.”   – Laura - au pair from Switzerland
“It was a life changing event for me and I would do it again.”   – Natascha - au pair from Switzerland

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