Dating and sex in basel
Take German expat Lena*, a leggy blonde: she noticed that since moving to Zurich, she has not been hit on much in bars.
“I mainly get approached by Spanish guys,” she admits, adding that she thinks Swiss men must be too arrogant or too scared to speak to women.
Swiss people may not be keen on making an effort when they know you are likely to move on in the near future, explains Tijmens.“If you are only interested in sex or a one night stand, then the answer is one,” she says.“If you would like to find a nice partner, then I suggest you date long enough to see whether your date has the qualities that you need in order to be fulfilled in a long-term relationship before you become intimate.” Flirt coach Peter agrees, saying that as long as both parties are happy, there is no Swiss-specific rule about whether you sleep together on the first date or after 20.Soon after he started dating a Swiss, Frenchman Martin* realized he was expected to keep his distance.“She would suggest meeting up only every two weeks, even though we didn’t live far from each other,” he says.
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When it comes to dating in Switzerland, online forums are full of expats crying out for tips on meeting the ‘reserved’, ‘conservative’ or ‘unapproachable’ Swiss.