Sixteen myths about the Swiss
Switzerland - what images does it conjure up for an outsider? Among them are probably snow-capped mountains, chocolate and pen-knives with lots of attachments. Ah, but do they represent the real Switzerland? Here, Paul Bilton, author of The Xenophobe's Guide to the Swiss, explodes (and confirms) a few myths.
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Snow. “I'm constantly asked by people how I manage to put up with so much snow,” says Bilton. “Although this year is an exception, the reality is that cities such as Zurich, Bern and Geneva can often go through a whole winter with only a day or two of the stuff.” The misconception about snow, he claims, is often based on Swiss calendars that show pictures of deep snow from November through to March.
Photo: Mirko Grifoni