If a doctor fails to make the right diagnosis, they won’t be charged with professional impropriety. Ch_stany writes on Twitter, “My friend suffered from a stomach ache and went to see a doctor at the nearest hospital. He got an enema and then he went back home. 2 days later, he ended up in the hospital again because of appendicitis and peritonitis and had to undergo serious surgery.”
You can get a Swiss passport after 10 years of living and working there. You also have to live in the same city for at last 3 years and pass an exam with local authorities.
The questions on the exam can be about anything, from geography to personal relationships with your neighbors. Local authorities also talk to every neighbor to find out more about your character. And if you don’t have the best relationships with them, you’ll likely have to pass this exam again a year later. When a person gets a Swiss passport, the city where the new citizen lives will be stated as the place of birth.
Every year all men under 55 go to 3-week military training. During these sessions, new recruits drink and have fun and treat it more like a vacation. By the way, this training is paid for by employers.
The Christmas tree at the central railway station has been decorated with 6,000 Swarovski crystals for 20 years. These holiday decorations cost about $500,000.
The train timetable is composed in such a way that you can get one from any part of the country (including the villages near the mountains) to your destination point in the quickest way possible. Trains depart every 15 minutes so you can get on the train 4 times an hour almost on a 24-hour basis.
Cars aren’t very popular here since all social groups use trains. It’s quite common to see the CEO of a large company traveling in the economy class.
As sad as it sounds, in Switzerland, suicide tourism is extremely popular. This country has the most liberal conditions for voluntary euthanasia. That’s why terminally ill people from around the world come here to legally end their life. Euthanasia must be approved by doctors and costs more than $4,000.
“Niva” cars get upgraded to suit the needs of their owners: people attach a scoop to the car to clean snow or even turn it into a cabriolet.
When a child is born, parents hang a poster with its name and the date of birth on it to let everyone know that a new person has come to this house and its family members are happy.
In the most civilized part of Europe, pets can end up on the plates of their owners. And it’s not a tourist attraction but a longstanding tradition. Recipes are passed down through the generations. Besides, a popular ointment for a rheumatic disease is made from animal fat.
Laws in this country are liberal but precise. Do you own a pet? You can do anything with it, even eat it. But you can’t sell its meat or give it to your neighbors to eat.
“Take your kids on a leash.”
But this law is enforced only in the mountains when parents go hiking with their kids. Rumor has it that this rule has saved many children’s lives.