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Your British guide to Switzerland: an audio podcast for English speaking expats living in Switzerland and Swiss interested in Britain. Everything expats need to know about finding a job in Switzerland, how to find an apartment in Bern, Geneva or Zurich, how to find friends and get to know Swiss culture, traditions and of course, learn the language.

We will try to answer your questions and give you personal insight into what it's like to move from London to Bern. This is not just a view from the outside looking in however, we will also bring you the Swiss perspective, from a "real" Swiss, born and bred in the Bernese Oberland.

Swiss and Chips - Your British guide to Switzerland Jo Fahy, Simon Zryd

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Your British guide to Switzerland: an audio podcast for English speaking expats living in Switzerland and Swiss interested in Britain. Everything expats need to know about finding a job in Switzerland, how to find an apartment in Bern, Geneva or Zurich, how to find friends and get to know Swiss culture, traditions and of course, learn the language.

We will try to answer your questions and give you personal insight into what it's like to move from London to Bern. This is not just a view from the outside looking in however, we will also bring you the Swiss perspective, from a "real" Swiss, born and bred in the Bernese Oberland.

    Becoming Swiss, part three: 'Starting the Application Process'

    Becoming Swiss, part three: 'Starting the Application Process'

    After living in Switzerland for ten years, I can now formally apply to become a Swiss citizen! There are a number of conditions I had to make sure I met before applying, which we mention in this episode of the podcast. We'll talk you through how to start the process in Bern specifically, as there are differences depending on where you live and exactly which type of naturalisation you are applying for.

    • 15 min
    What are we missing when trying to make Swiss friends?

    What are we missing when trying to make Swiss friends?

    Finding it difficult to make friends with the Swiss is a common complaint from expats in Switzerland. Do the Swiss really have such different ideas about friendship? What does it take to be able to read between the lines in a conversation with a Swiss person and are there any tips that can help you feel less isolated here? We share our insights on this contentious topic and give you an update on Jo's application to become Swiss.

    Check out our Facebook group: Switzerland for English Speakers.

    • 18 min
    Walk with us along Bern's Aare river

    Walk with us along Bern's Aare river

    If you can only get out outside at the moment to go shopping or for some fresh air, you might be starting to get a little bored of your local surroundings. Pop your earphones in and let us distract you from coronavirus as you come with us for a walk along the Aare river in Bern.
    Looking to connect with other English speakers in Switzerland? Check out our Facebook group: Switzerland for English speakers.

    • 19 min
    Five ways to perfect your Swiss knowledge while staying at home

    Five ways to perfect your Swiss knowledge while staying at home

    The coronavirus might have stopped you from getting out and exploring Switzerland, but you can still learn plenty about Swiss culture from inside your own home. Here's our list of five things every person interested in getting closer to the Swiss or looking to become Swiss should know. We chose a film, a book, a musician, a recipe and a game that you can look up and enjoy to see you through your weeks staying at home in Switzerland.

    • 17 min
    When to shake hands in Switzerland

    When to shake hands in Switzerland

    Shaking hands in Switzerland is common: children learn it at school and it seems to be a regular feature of everyday life. But when is holding out your hand too much and when would it be a faux pas not to? What are the alternatives when you can't shake hands, for example during the Coronavirus outbreak? We'll run you through the hand-shaking dos and don'ts of Swiss culture!

    • 15 min
    Should you join an English-speaking club in Switzerland?

    Should you join an English-speaking club in Switzerland?

    Joining a club in Switzerland is a simple way to make new friends and connections. There are several English-speaking clubs in Bern and other Swiss cities, like the British Residents' Association of Switzerland, which we visited in October 2019. Should you sign yourself up to a club? Listen and find out!

    We always love to hear from you: Chat with us on Twitter @jofahy or @simonzryd

    • 13 min

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