any awkward or real trouble situations during my stay in Switzerland but you
could really experience the different cross-cultural elements in daily life. It
was interesting to see how different Swiss people could act in some everyday
situations as Finnish people would act.
people usually have a smaller personal space than in Finland. I noticed this when
I arrived for my Erasmus semester here in Sierre, Switzerland.
When I first
arrived here I met my school buddy, who was showing me around. We only had been
in contact through social media, but she immediately greeted me with 3 cheek
kisses. I read before my arrival that it is usual to greet friends with cheek
kisses, but I did not except her to greet me with those kisses because we had
never met before.
Today the Swiss
way of greeting each other is normal for me, even if I am sometimes a bit slow
to realise when someone wants to greet me with the kisses, but I just do not
know always when to do it. Friends do not salute each other daily at school with
the kisses. Then again some might greet each other with kisses in the evenings
when they meet each other.
difference which I noticed is that students in Switzerland spend a lot more
time studying than Finnish students. The number of courses, that Swiss students
have, is surely a reason for it but for me it was more or less a shock in the
I am used to
meet my friends after school during the week and not only on the weekends but
here in Sierre, students study mostly during the week and travel home on the
weekends to meet their friends. First the other Erasmus students and I were a
bit confused why no one wanted to go for a cup of coffee or to grab something
to eat after school but after studying here now for 3 months, we understand it
because we have neither time for it anymore. The amount to study here for the
exams is more than we most Erasmus students are used to. You can even see
students spending their Sunday evenings at the school’s study rooms.