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10 Swiss New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year - Lutz Stallknecht  /

True, the tradition of taking a New Year's Resolution isn't specifically Swiss. Around midnight on December 31st, people all around the world take a moment and promises to improve a certain aspect of their life or behavior in the coming year. For some it is a honest attempt to change something about themselves that they don't like. For others it's simply a part of the New Year's traditions and the actual keeping of the resolution isn't that important.

Swiss people are no different that aspect. However, I believe that there are a few trends among the topics of the New Year's Resolutions in Switzerland that are uniquely Swiss. This is what I imagine my fellow Swiss citizens vow to change in their lives this coming year 2017:

10 Swiss New Year's Resolutions*

1. Eat less chocolate - too many calories!
2. Eat less Fondue and Raclette - too heavy on the stomach anyway!
3. Go skiing more - with a ski resort just about in every corner of Switzerland this one should be easy!
4. Be late at least once a month - one shouldn't take punctuality so serious!
5. Learn another language - yes, like we Swiss didn't speak enough languages already!
6. Clean your house more - the Swiss are famous for their cleanliness but really, it doesn't apply to everyone!
7. File and pay your taxes early - in Switzerland, you have time to file your tax report until March 31st unless you request an extension.
8. Travel more inside Switzerland - we Swiss love to travel abroad but there's so much to see in Switzerland itself. Beach vacations are always popular. I guess, it has to do with living in a landlocked country.
9. Be more welcoming to strangers - in the past few years, Switzerland hasn't always been kind to foreigners. Time for a change!
10. Read more blogs about Switzerland - yes! And you should start with A Humorous Guide to Switzerland!

* Please note that I have no statistics on the matter and the compiled list of Swiss New Year's Resolutions is purely fictional. Read it with a portion of humor!



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