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Switzerland is now Six-word-Land

August 1, 2011, 10 Comments

How would you describe Switzerland in six words? A creative challenge for Swiss National Day today.

To celebrate Switzerland’s birthday, I thought it would be fun to see how imaginative we can all be. Six little words (or very long ones if you want to do this in German!), not a lot of room for too much creativity. But I’m sure that you can come up with something interesting.

Maybe something topical:

  • Happy 720th Birthday to you Switzerland

What about all those clichés? The poetry I learnt at school always seemed to be in rhyming couplets, so here are six rhyming clichés:

  • Chocs, cheese, banks, clocks, skis, francs

Or maybe you actually don’t like anything about Switzerland (something I can’t imagine can be true of anyone who lives here), and need to vent a few choice adjectives:

  • Bureaucratic, expensive, neutral, xenophobic, landlocked, dull

But so much nicer to concentrate on the positives, mainly because there are so many:

  • Beautiful scenery, wonderful trains, lovely people

I’ll leave you with my real contribution to this bit of holiday fun, before I go off to watch hundreds of cervelat being grilled and then the annual fireworks (the real way to spend Swiss National Day, as I wrote this time last year).

  • The land of milk and money

So tell me how you would describe Switzerland in six words, and I’ll post all the entries here. The best one might even get a prize; it is a birthday after all.

10 Comments on "Switzerland is now Six-word-Land"

  1. Evan Schmidt Monday August 1st, 2011 at 05:13 PM · Reply

    Pretty polished picturesque portfolio of peaks

  2. Fergus Miller Monday August 1st, 2011 at 05:50 PM · Reply

    6 Words about Switzerland

    Education,Transport,Health,Tax = Worlds Best!

    Hey Diccon good to see you are back for Switzerland’s Birthday! make sure you check out my blog http://www.fergusmiller.wordpress.com
    We are in Ticino at the moment, its a wonderful canton & it almost feels as if its not “Switzerland”
    Ciao
    Fergus

    • swisswatching Monday August 1st, 2011 at 07:43 PM · Reply

      I’m only ‘virtually’ back. Still off researching, and not back home for a while yet.

  3. Patrick Monday August 1st, 2011 at 06:53 PM · Reply

    “Bureaucratic, expensive, neutral, xenophobic, landlocked, dull” – is this meant to be a list of negative adjectives? Neither “neutral” nor “landlocked” strike me as necessarily negative. But then I’m Swiss 😉 Being a landlocked country has some advantages (e.g. certainly no tsunamis)… and Switzerland’s neutrality served it well in the past, and the international community too (see e.g. all the international institutions based in Geneva as a neutral place), although there are also the negative and sometimes hypocritical aspects of neutrality, of course.

    • swisswatching Monday August 1st, 2011 at 07:44 PM · Reply

      Landlocked is negative for someone who grew up by the sea! As for neutral, it often seems to be in name only, as you say.

      • Fergus Miller Monday August 1st, 2011 at 08:55 PM · Reply

        I see Patrick is more Diplomatic than me at the way you look at Switzerland Diccon 😉 But then I only “became” Swiss in 2006

  4. Mateja Tuesday August 2nd, 2011 at 01:21 PM · Reply

    Life is beautiful actually, in Switzerland!

  5. Angad Singh Tuesday August 2nd, 2011 at 01:37 PM · Reply

    For me….this enigmatic land this still a big “Q”….so here are my 6 “Q” for this “Quantry”:
    quintessential
    quality
    queer
    quirky
    quizzical
    quiet

  6. Sophie Monday February 25th, 2013 at 01:01 PM · Reply

    The place that calls me home.

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