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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 February 20, 2017

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!

Tiffany Sun

Shared May 14, 2017

This always made me wonder, is America really the place I want to be for the rest of my life?

Won't know for sure until I travel more...

Where do you guys want to be?

Nour Eldin

Shared March 27, 2017

read and weep :(

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. :(

Matin Firoozi

Shared May 2, 2017

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Eric Mueller

Shared December 26, 2016

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

Chris Surowiec

Shared April 15, 2017

In the early part of my career, I also worked in Switzerland and loved the daily rhythm. It's a precious aspect of their culture. I hope they fiercely protect it.

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.

Laszlo Vad

Shared February 27, 2017

She looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language and went right back to her pitch: long commute, full-time, no benefits. No way, I thought. Who would want to do that? And then it hit me: 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.

Nathan Maharaj

Shared January 25, 2017

It's about a lot more than vacation time.

Tzvika Barenholz

Shared January 25, 2017

This is important

Tim Metz

Shared March 29, 2017

Work-life #balance: the USA versus Switzerland.

Gergely Fügedi

Shared January 28, 2017

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

Erdogan Cesmeli

Shared December 19, 2016

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

Rahul Phatak

Shared January 30, 2017

USA lite, let's go to Switzerland

Anne Rousselot

Shared April 22, 2017

😭😭😭😭

Sahar Kamal

Shared October 16, 2017

insightful..new dream destination.. Switzerland 😂👌

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)

Tomasz

Shared April 4, 2017

civilization

Addie Chernow

Shared December 24, 2016

Interesting.

Yasaman Esmaeili

Shared January 11, 2017

The American Dream Crusehd

Whitney Zimmerman

Shared August 1, 2017

Ditto for Germany. But, I sincerely believe American work culture improve with the right leadership.

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.

Jorge

Shared July 20, 2017

Weekends in Switzerland encourage leisure time, too. On Sundays, you can't even shop — most stores are closed.

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Shared September 30, 2017

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Shared September 30, 2017

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Shared September 30, 2017

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John Calia

Shared January 24, 2017

The advantages of living in an exporting economy

L D

Shared January 23, 2017

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

dxb

Shared September 25, 2017

美国人对美国的看法

Rodrigo Santos

Shared February 11, 2017

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

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

Helen V. Holmes

Shared January 8, 2017

Time to move.

For Americans like me, Swiss Reality was privilege.

John Cogdell

Shared June 9, 2017

the average Swiss worker earned the equivalent of $91,574 a year in 2013, while the average American worker earned only $55,708. But the real story is that the average American had to work 219 hours more per year for this lesser salary.

Pankaj Rupani

Shared 6 days ago

And

RJ Valmadrid

Shared January 24, 2017

Considering Zurich now.

Joshua Sorosky

Shared January 25, 2017

In case you thought you had it made...

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.

Charles Wilson

Shared January 25, 2017

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

Maria Gotay

Shared January 20, 2017

Work goals...

Erik Peterman

Shared May 29, 2017

American culture is awful, particularly with regards to working to live, rather than living to work, and treating people like decent human beings.

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

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.

Katrina Morris

Shared January 1, 2017

Wow.

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.

Joshua Wood

Shared February 2, 2017

Food for thought.

Investing in physical and social infrastructure is always beneficial.

David Rust

Shared March 10, 2017

Worth reading. Capitalism vs a system where you are supported by the govt. A good argument for the Swiss way :)

Mohammad Al Azzouni

Shared March 16, 2017

A lot of truth is told here. Many of us think that North America is the best place to live in the world by default, but stop and think of what's important to you.

Jim Driscoll

Shared April 2, 2017

Living abroad opens your eyes to your country's faults.

study.mk

Shared September 11, 2017

Lunchtime is sacred time in Switzerland. When I was on maternity leave, my husband came home for lunch to help me care for our daughter. This strengthened our marriage. Many families still reunite during weekdays over the lunch hour.

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

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".

R. T. Hyder

Shared January 27, 2017

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

Anna K

Shared March 29, 2017

Some numbers that illustrate what is obvious on this side of the Atlantic ocean.

"81 percent of women in Switzerland are in the workforce, versus 69 percent in the US"

Martin Krchnak

Shared June 28, 2017

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.

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

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.

Ivan Lara

Shared February 20, 2017

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Jeremy Robinson

Shared February 23, 2017

daughter

marc walker

Shared February 27, 2017

girl has me ready to move to Switzerland

Mustafa Ozdemir

Shared March 15, 2017

"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."

Marcina null

Shared March 17, 2017

Fantastic read.

S Wotton

Shared March 15, 2017

The struggle is real.

K D

Shared April 25, 2017

Interesting!

Mupamhanga Tafadzwa

Shared April 26, 2017

nice story

Katrina Harris

Shared May 11, 2017

Certainly makes you think

mariah julsrud

Shared August 4, 2017

I've always wanted to go to Switzerland ever since I did a project about the country during school. This article really interested me, I loved it!

Jeffrein Ahmad

Shared August 11, 2017

Bila baca entree menarik camni.. Sometimes terasa negara sendiri pun ada jugak sentimen US..sigh😞

Applyb21@rnjmgmt.com Burger21

Shared August 24, 2017

Switzerland

Vikaash Mahabir

Shared September 10, 2017

..and lack of mobility options other than cars.. "Land of milk & honey"!

Nurizzati Rohim

Shared September 26, 2017

"in Switzerland, my husband's company gave employees six weeks of vacation a year. Most of the Swiss companies I worked for gave four — the legal minimum is four. "

Bye, I'm moving to Switzerland.

Rawdha Alfalasi

Shared October 1, 2017

Never Let Someone Skip Their Lunch Break!

William Cronister

Shared October 3, 2017

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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!

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.

Geraint Wynne

Shared August 30, 2017

With all the seemingly bonkers political happenings at the minuite, it's glad to see at least somewhere in the world things are going well 😂

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!

Bob Szekely

Shared March 5, 2017

Correlated (in greater detail) in "Viking Economics' by George Lakey (2016: Melviille House, Brooklyn; NY). Some may argue it won't scale to a country the size of the United States, but so far, those arguments appear to be anecdotal, not data-driven.