Swiss National Day is approaching but how Swiss are you. Okay, you’ve lived in Zurich a few years but how are you integrating? Do you know the difference between a Rösti and a Rössli? Take the quiz to find out exactly how Swiss you are.
1. You fancy a grilled sausage. Do you:
a: Chuck it in a frying pan? b: Place it on a barbeque. c: Carry it up a mountain, slice it like a genital bifurcation gone wrong and cremate it on the end of a pointy stick.
2. How many languages do you speak?
a: Does pointing and shouting in a weird accent count? b: My mother tongue but I’m working on my German. c: Four fluently and working on a fifth.
3. Your train is delayed by one minute.Do you:
a: Think nothing of it. One minute is hardly a delay where you come from. b: Sigh and get back to reading your e-mails. c: Roll your eyes, tut and check your watch every 5 seconds until the train arrives.
4. You need to do your laundry and have a communal machine: Do you:
a: Wait until the underwear drawer is empty then stick your name down. b: Check the laundry basket and look for a slot a week ahead. c: Plan your work and holidays around a laundry day booked six months in advance.
5. You meet a stranger over a few drinks and get on well. Do you:
a: Exchange phone numbers. b: Become friends on social media. c: Neither. Take their name and wait until the private detectives report comes back.
6. You are hiking with three friends and you can’t decide which path to take. Do you:
a: Take the path that appears to have a pub. b: Toss a coin. c: Hold a referendum.
7. What is your favourite shape for chocolate:
a: Square b: Round c: Triangular
8. War has broken out and you might get called up. What essential items do you need.
a: Rifle. b: Knife. c: Corkscrew and toothpick.
9. You are on a trip to an active volcano. On seeing the molten lava in the crater do you feel the urge to:
a: Run away. b: Crane your neck and have a tentative look. c: Dip chunks of bread in it.
10: You are queuing in a supermarket and an extra checkout opens. Do you:
a: Inform the person in front of you. b: Wait a few seconds. If no one notices or makes a move then make your move. c: Make a dash for the newly opened checkout, scattering other customers like skittles.
Mostly A: You haven’t integrated at all and still yearn for the comforts of your home country.
Mostly B: The seeds have been sown but you’re not quite there yet. Get a few more Rösti’s down you and get hiking.
Mostly C: Well done. You’re as Swiss as William Tell and Roger Federer. Keep this up and you’ll have a cherry red passport in no time.
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