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Jesse Hicks

Shared January 25, 2017

Before I moved to Switzerland for almost a decade, American Reality was all I knew. I was living in a two-bedroom apartment making $30,000 a year in a job where I worked almost seven days a week with no overtime pay and received 10 days of paid time off a year.

In other words, for the hours worked, I was making minimum wage, if that. The glamour of this job was supposed to make up for the hours, but in reality, working every weekend is a ticket to burnout — not success.

My husband and I were so accustomed to American Reality that when he was offered an opportunity to work in Switzerland, we both thought about travel and adventure — not about improving our quality of life. It hadn't occurred to us that we could improve our quality of life simply by moving.

But without realizing it, or even asking for it, a better life quality came to us. And this is why, now that I'm back, I'm angry that my own country isn't providing more for its people. I will never regret living abroad. It taught me to understand another culture. And it taught me to see my own. But it also taught me something else — to lose touch with the American version of reality.

Joe McCann

Shared January 2, 2017

For my American friends who have never lived in Europe, please read

Joe McCann

Shared January 4, 2017

After living in Amsterdam for less than a year, I'm convinced we're doing some things wrong here in the States, like maternity leave and unemployment benefits. This is a great article from an American who loved in Switzerland.

JoAnna Haugen

Shared 5 days ago

Having lived and worked overseas for only about six months now, this resonates with me.

Jesse Cooke

Shared January 25, 2017

Sounds nice

Martin Humpolec

Shared February 3, 2017

Člověk si uvědomí, jak moc dobře se proti Americe máme i my.

Awais Imran

Shared February 2, 2017

Ooo la la!

Saket Kulkarni

Shared January 2, 2017

No surprises for someone in Europe except, perhaps, how bad things are on the other side of the pond (although a lot of the differences were already known to me).

It's sad so few Americans realize how badly their country is lagging and it's probably going to get worse under the new administration. :(

Jonathan Bates

Shared January 30, 2017

Truth.

Prerana Natarajan

Shared January 17, 2017

Makes you understand the difference between privilege and a high standard of living among two countries.

Eric Mueller

Shared December 26, 2016

As an American who moved to Zürich, I can confirm it's all true.

Nathan Maharaj

Shared January 25, 2017

It's about a lot more than vacation time.

Tzvika Barenholz

Shared January 25, 2017

This is important

Gergely Fügedi

Shared January 28, 2017

This is why I cherish the European way of life and work-life balance.

Rahul Phatak

Shared January 30, 2017

USA lite, let's go to Switzerland

Addie Chernow

Shared December 24, 2016

Interesting.

Erdogan Cesmeli

Shared December 19, 2016

She has even mentioned the chocolate or the cheese! That is even more upside :-)

Yasaman

Shared January 11, 2017

The American Dream Crusehd

József Porohnavec

Shared January 3, 2017

Makes me think twice about aiming to work in the US, Europe will be just more than fine. (those lazy commies :D)

Abhishek Bhattacherjee

Shared December 28, 2016

A truly outstanding work culture

Sam Chan

Shared January 1, 2017

Either I had become a completely privileged jerk or my own country was not as amazing as I had once thought it to be. This wasn't an unusually bad offer: It was just American Reality.

John Calia

Shared January 24, 2017

The advantages of living in an exporting economy

Tony D'Ambra

Shared January 25, 2017

And Australia's sucks too!

Lizzie Sager

Shared February 7, 2017

returning to the United States made me realize who I've become: someone who can't believe companies aren't required to pay into a pension fund beyond Social Security. Someone who is offended that most women in America don't have the maternity benefits she had.

And someone who is mad that she must own a car for lack of efficient public transportation. Someone who, because of all of this, is still debating where she ultimately wants to call home

Daniel Schregenberger

Shared December 29, 2016

That's why almost everyone I know would have voted Sanders. For Swiss eyes the only one who is remotely trying to improve social systems in the US.

Helen V. Holmes

Shared January 8, 2017

Time to move.

For Americans like me, Swiss Reality was privilege.

L D

Shared January 23, 2017

This is amazing. Taxing investments and not wages = shrinking inequality.

Charles Wilson

Shared January 25, 2017

Amazing differences about living in Switzerland, versus the United States.

Maria Gotay

Shared January 20, 2017

Work goals...

RJ Valmadrid

Shared January 24, 2017

Considering Zurich now.

Rodrigo Santos

Shared February 11, 2017

That made me reflect on what should be my future decisions.

Brandon Dorr

Shared January 25, 2017

interesting part time plans. unemployment and wealth tax and small federal income tax. transportation quick and painless. income and savings statistics are a bit misleading and don't really provide any valid conclusions to be made but interesting thought. also maternity leave + help coverage and time off legal 4 weeks

Katrina Morris

Shared January 1, 2017

Wow.

Eli Cochran

Shared February 14, 2016

Another article that shows that American exceptionalism is a myth. We can be so much better and we have so much to learn from the rest of the world.

Alex Titeu

Shared January 24, 2017

Work-life balance and much more

Rubina Hyder

Shared January 27, 2017

Amazing to see how much BS we deal with here at home in the US.

Joshua Sorosky

Shared January 25, 2017

In case you thought you had it made...

Dan Wilson

Shared February 3, 2017

Why would anyone want to move to the States? Sounds like the job culture is pretty rubbish, and on top of that you're far more likely to get shot! Ouch.
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Ultimately everything there works for big business and not for people. It's good that in Europe things are usually not arranged that way. I hope it doesn't change for the worse, especially in the U.K. with new trade deals looming.

Mohsen Nowruzi

Shared December 20, 2016

A country that doesn't look at you like a moving wallet

Brad Burnett

Shared December 21, 2016

How do I get there?

David Kobb

Shared December 31, 2016

so many Americans are brain washed into the noble laborer belief

John Olson

Shared January 8, 2017

I'd like to spend some time back in the US working to improve Americans quality of life. This is a good article to keep around for ideas.

Pallavi Shetty Shetty

Shared January 19, 2017

orked, I was making minimum wage, if that. The glamour of this job was supposed to make up for the hours, but in reality, working every weekend is a ticket to burnout — not success

Tommy Johns

Shared January 20, 2017

"This wasn't an unusually bad offer: It was just American Reality."

Excellent read on the insanity of the intellectual Stockholm Syndrome that is America's employment culture. Workers of the world, relax!

This wasn't an unusually bad offer: It was just American Reality.

Joshua Wood

Shared February 2, 2017

Food for thought.

Investing in physical and social infrastructure is always beneficial.

Ivan Lara

Shared 4 days ago

He

Jeremy Robinson

Shared 1 day ago

daughter

Murray Gudesblat

Shared January 12, 2017

...fuck everything. I know Switzerland is tiny, but come on. If we as a country could do half as much as they do for their citizens, we'd be so much better off.

Ligia Habel

Shared January 18, 2017

The

Shawn Taylor

Shared January 24, 2017

Interesting read!

Benjamin Durdle

Shared January 26, 2017

I miss 80% FTE days in Barcelona. Once you experience something like this, it's transformative, it's hard to come back to "reality".

Devon Hernandez

Shared February 2, 2017

Let me know your thoughts, I really enjoyed this read and have a better understanding of how much catching up the US needs to do in places such as healthcare/work life balance.

Martin Maechler

Shared January 25, 2017

Notably for that beloved part of our family living in America (north of Trump country, fortunately) . ;-)

Vehbi Tasar

Shared January 29, 2017

A friend of mine sent me this article. I only spent a short time in Switzerland but it was enough time to learn their lunch habits. I noticed the same in France. I think it is a country's work culture that makes that country great. One doesn't have to retire to enjoy a peaceful lunch with friends or alone. I still eat sandwiches for lunch in my makeshift office. It is a habit of a lifetime!