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You're single and successful. You dress well and know what wine to order. You moved to Switzerland because you love the idea of taking on new challenges and adventures. You've got serious form, for goodness sakes! Then why doesn't your love life follow suit? She's 28, blond and tall and has come out of a long term relationship.
She's been looking for love for nearly a year and says it has not been easy.
Americans don't take themselves too seriously and have no problem flirting. There you are used to guys approaching you and you can easily strike up a conversation with anyone. Get expert knowledge and solutions to answer all questions related to researching, relocating and residing in Switzerland. Talking about her experience in Bern, Charlotte says she is almost never approached, and some men have even reacted negatively to being 'chatted up'.
That means, as a woman you have to be more assertive and overt to talk to a guy as he's usually with his friends. According to Lesley Lawson Botez, a Geneva-based psychologist and author of Holding out for a hero, five steps to marriage over 40, Charlotte is not alone. She believes that the attributes that make Charlotte such a 'catch' are typical of international singles in affluent nations; yet more and more people in countries like Switzerland are finding it difficult to find love, often right up until later life.
Lawson-Botez pinpoints two reasons: "International people work very hard. Yet despite the challenges on the ground, international singles in Switzerland will be glad to know that the statistics look optimistic. According to the Swiss government's figures last year inexpatriate lovebirds are well represented. Some 35 percent of marriages were between a Swiss and a foreigner and Navigating the services and events on offer for love-seekers all over the country is a certainly a task to be reckoned with.
Aside from the ubiquitous online dating sites, there are supper clubs, speed dating, dating apps, and a myriad of singles events based on your interest or subculture in music, art, books or food. And then there are the stalwart favourites, which nowadays seem steeped in nostalgia. Newspaper 'lonely hearts' and now online personal on newspaper sites have, perhaps surprisingly, remained as popular as ever, with papers across the country reporting ificant s placed every week.
Yet no matter which method you choose, many couples who have met here say you won't meet a ificant other until you truly examine how you come across to a potential partner.
She says that his very straightforward approach won her over. Perhaps I was too flexible on this point. My partner was very direct and I met his criteria and that's why he wrote me a fantastic first ! The experts agree that working on yourself and how you are perceived comes first. But they have to ask themselves what have they done to achieve their goal of finding a partner? We have to engage with our environment; to unplug from our iPhones, look around us, smile and make eye contact with people.
Tijmens, who also provides date coaching services, believes that career women, like Charlotte's example, find it especially challenging and must be more open minded. Sure, they appreciate women who are smart and successful, however they say she needs to look, feel and act feminine. Most importantly men want someone who makes them feel good. They are, in many respects, much more open.
The rules of the dating game may have changed over the past decade but if you're searching for love in Switzerland, then there is no shortage of places to look, just make sure you're willing, prepared, and actively taking part in the journey. Visit the Hello Switzerland Dating for more advice on dating in Switzerland, provided by our dating partner Success MatchSwitzerland's leading confidential and personalized dating and matchmaking agency for international professionals in Switzerland.
Her career started as a news reporter and newsreader at the BBC and she is the only English language journalist ever to have been awarded the top broadcast journalism prize from SRF Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Jennifer has lived and and worked for nearly a decade in Zurich, during which she has edited 7 magazines and broadcasted for BBC, SRF and Monocle among others, including international corporate clients.
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