Bureaucracy, space prices and Sherlock Holmes at every step: TV presenter Ivanna Onufriyichuk named the disadvantages of living in Switzerland
n deallizing European countries, it is worth recalling the Ukrainian proverb "it's good where we are not." After all, even in one of the happiest countries in the world, Switzerland, life is not as beautiful as Ukrainians dream of when they leave to seek their happiness abroad. Ukrainian TV presenter Ivanna Onufriychuk traveled to Switzerland after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion and told us that this country actually has many inconveniences and problems.
Ivanna wrote about generally accepted rules that cannot be broken, bread for 200 hryvnias, and expensive housing on her Instagram. Although this country is one of the best for a comfortable life, it still has its problems.
It turns out that despite being one of the safest countries in the world, Switzerland still has robbers.
"No matter what they say about Switzerland being the safest country in the world, you shouldn't relax. Here, as elsewhere, there are robbers of homes, cars, pockets right on the street..." the TV presenter writes.
This country has outer space prices for food and housing. Even with a high minimum wage of 4000 francs (176 thousand hryvnias), it may not be enough.
"...these are high prices for absolutely everything. The good salary I mentioned in the previous video is noticeably spent after every trip to the store. For example, bread here costs from 2.5 (UAH 110) to 6 francs (UAH 260), and a liter of milk costs from 2 francs (UAH 90) and up," Ivanna told us about the pricing policy.
Another problem in Switzerland is its official languages. The TV presenter said that English is not understood everywhere, so you need to learn the language of the canton (linguistic part of the country) where you live. And this means either French, German, Italian, or Rhaetoroman.
Poor beauty service
The beauty industry in Switzerland is poorly developed, so Ivanna turns to Ukrainian women living abroad for manicures and other procedures.
"The beauty service is terrible. I've been looking for my nail technicians here forever. And yet, I go to Ukrainian women for almost all my procedures because our nail technicians are love," the TV presenter said.
It turns out that it is very difficult to find housing in Switzerland. Firstly, it is expensive, and secondly, the owners are very picky about tenants.
"Here, they assess your status, income, and potential before renting you a house. And in general, landlords are more willing to rent an apartment to those whom their friends or acquaintances recommend," Ivanna says.
Switzerland, like other European countries, has one constant problem that is always on the minds of Ukrainians: bureaucracy. Many issues are resolved by "letters through the post office and it can take months." In Ukraine, the same problem is solved "in a few days or hours, or even with a phone call."
Restaurants are open for three hours
Interestingly, catering establishments also have their own exceptions. "Most of them are open from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 22:00. On Sundays, most establishments and all shops are closed," Ivanna said.
When moving to Switzerland, you should be prepared for neighbors to keep an eye on your new fellow villagers. If you violate any generally accepted rule, they may call the police and not even show up.
"The Swiss are like policemen or Sherlock Holmes! Here, it's as if you are constantly under the supervision of your neighbors, who control whether you are breaking the generally accepted rules. For example, you don't put brightly colored flowerpots on the terrace. And if you break something, they can report you to the police. And instead of going next door and asking about something or expressing their opinions, neighbors communicate with each other through letters through the concierge," Ivanna explained about the rather strange mentality of citizens.
In particular, the Swiss are reserved in their communication, so it will be difficult for Ukrainians, who love to socialize, to make friends with the locals, the TV presenter noted.