You need to make more effort than you think With the rise of dating apps like Tinder and Grindr, many of us expect instant hook-ups.
But this ‘no effort’ mentality is a mistake when it comes to dating the Swiss.
First picture: Oh, a trio of men in which one is definitely hot. Firstly, we have to spend ages working out which one is the right person.
Second picture: Oh good, a huge squad of men containing all three from the previous picture. *swipes left* I am firmly of the opinion that group pictures are one of the worst things a person can have on their dating app profile. Secondly, more often that not, one of your friends is hotter than you so when we work out which one you are, we’re going to be disappointed.
“I advise men to pay on a first date,” says ‘flirt coach’ Thomas Peter, who runs how-to courses in flirting in Zurich or by telephone or email.
“Later on couples usually want to split the costs – especially older couples," he says, adding that surprisingly "Among young people there is still a tendency for girls to expect their date to pay.” Blending commitment and independence is expected…
Speaking to The Local, Trea Tijmens, owner of dating, matchmaking and date coaching service Success Match, says it takes effort to meet the Swiss – and even longer to engage in a trusting relationship.
“If love doesn’t happen instantly, we are disappointed and are out of there,” the dating expert says, emphasizing that investing time pays dividends.
The Swiss need plenty of encouragement Search dating on any Swiss expat forum, and you find a slew of women moaning that men don’t approach them.Alice*, a French expat in Zurich, reveals that although her Swiss boyfriend paid on their first date, he expected costs to be split 50/50 after that.It is not a question of being stingy, however; it is about equality.When it comes to dating in Switzerland, online forums are full of expats crying out for tips on meeting the ‘reserved’, ‘conservative’ or ‘unapproachable’ Swiss.Looking for answers, The Local’s Emily Rose Mawson uncovers some quirks of the Swiss dating scene.