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Business etiquette, language & culture

Overview

Efficiency, courtesy, cleanliness and order are all highly valued in Switzerland, and this is true in all areas of life, including business.

Switzerland has four main languages (German, French, Italian and Romansch) so check which language is appropriate prior to any meeting or negotiations. Many business meetings take place wholly in English.

The working culture is very business-like. Meetings start punctually and you should arrive on time. They are generally orderly, planned and formal, and presentations well-prepared, thorough and detailed.

Managerial structures tend to be conservative and quite rigid, and hard work, proper observance of business etiquette and attention to detail expected.

 

Swiss public holidays

2018

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Thursday

1st March

Republic Day

Neuchâtel

Monday

19th March

St Joseph’s Day

Graubünden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri, Valais

Friday

30th March

Good Friday

-

Monday

2nd April

Easter Monday

-

Thursday

5th April

Näfelser Fahrt

Glarus 

Monday

16th April

Sechseläuten

Zurich

Tuesday

1st May

Labour Day

-

Thursday

10th May

Ascension Day

-

Monday

21st May

Whit Monday

-

Thursday

31st May

Corpus Christi

Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug

Saturday

23rd June

Fête d'Indépendance

Jura

Friday

29th June

SS Peter and Paul

Graubünden, Ticino

Wednesday

1st August

National Day

Bundesfeier

Wednesday

15th August

Assumption Day

Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug

Thursday

6th September

Jeûne genevois

Geneva 

Monday

10th September

Knabenschiessen

Zurich

Sunday

16th September

Swiss Federal Fast

All regions except Geneva

Monday

17th September

Bettagsmontag

Bern, Neuchâtel, Vaud

Tuesday

25th September

St Nicholas of Flüe

Obwalden

Saturday

8th December

Immaculate Conception Day

Regional Holiday

Tuesday

25th December

Christmas Day

-

Wednesday

26th December

St Stephen’s Day

Celebrated on 26th December. Except Geneva, Jura, Neuch

Monday

31st December

Restoration Day

Geneva

 


 

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