193. Switzerland | Blog van Joost Overhoff

193. Switzerland

The Swiss, I know them, oh yes:

The Swiss are rich and they listen to cuckoo clocks. Regularly.

In fact, I think everything in Switzerland is regular.

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Everything in order for the mascot of the Swiss capital, Bern.


Is that why they are wealthy? Sure, they are famous for attracting mountains of foreign (and funny) money, but that can’t be the whole reason.
I decided to ask them. The first one, though, happened to be Dutch. Just like me. Well, not just. He appeared to have been living in Switzerland for the past 37 years. Enough for some insight. So, why are the Swiss rich? In one word, please. My own idea:

Carefulness

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Anythingproof public toilet (along a mountain trail)

The ‘Dutch-Swiss’ thought about it for two seconds, too fast for the cuckoo to intervene. It was all he needed to come up with his One Word that caught me off-guard:

Inventiveness

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Early Swiss telecom

To check that, I quizzed a group of ‘real Swiss’. They, instead, came up with:


Thrift

Slyness

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Getting on board was free. Getting off wasn’t. The price allowing ‘No Forced Consumption’.

Reliability

Diligence

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Approximately. Size of a garbage bin.

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