Wealth in Switzerland

by Dual Income No Kids on February 19, 2008 · 0 comments

More adventures from the land of the Swiss…

James took off this morning back to the grind of DC, but I figured I’d share a few tidbits from a self-service internet place in Bern. If onlz I can get the kezboard to verk….

I’m currently reading The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner. His is an NPR correspondent who diverted from his usual reportings in places like Baghdad and Kabul, in search of the happiest places on the planet. Switzerland ranked among the highest.

He made some interesting observations about wealth in Switzerland. As he puts it, “The American way is: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. The Swiss way is: If you’ve got it, hide it.” He quotes a Swiss person that says, “You don’t dare dress or act like you’re rich. Of course, you might have a four-thousand-dollar espresso machine in your apartment.”

It’s interesting to take a moment, in a smoke filled café, to reflect on what the Swiss have long ago figured out.



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