Zürich. Switzerland. It is widely known that the quality of life in Switzerland, and particularly in Zürich, is among the highest in the world. According to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Zürich is the world’s second-best place to live in, topped only by Barcelona, Spain. However, a sit down with the mayor of the largest city in the Swiss Confederation has revealed that while things may be working out pretty amazingly on this side of the globe, there are still everyday issues that erode the social and individual structure.
“Don’t be fooled by the wonderful lakes, the picturesque landscapes, the imposing mountains and the crystal clear rivers. We have our problems, albeit different than those of other countries or people.”, Corine Mauch, Mayor of Zürich since 2009, explains. “Upon constant demand from citizens (and a quick referendum!), we decided to found the First World Problems Support Society – a safe haven for those whose life is slowly ruined by too much fizz in their sparkling water – or not enough.”
“I have been living here for a few years now and I am still picking up the pieces from the initial shock. I remember it as if it were yesterday, the moment I realized that quiet time is taken pretty seriously. No showers after 22:00? No vacuum cleaning on Sunday? It takes a while to adapt.”, Mr. O. C. Dean, a Corporate Banker living the neighborhood of Fluntern, informs.
“To be honest, for me going out of the house remains a challenge. The car drivers stop the moment they see you attempting to cross the street, even if you are still 5 to 10 meters away from the zebra. I believe Swiss drivers have an incorporated sensor that reads your intention to cross as early as you set foot on the sidewalk. The pressure we pedestrians have to deal with in order to get to the other side of the street is mind-wracking. You just don’t want to scorn the ultra-polite drivers by taking your time. I get anxiety attacks just by seeing cars slow down. So, yes, I wholeheartedly salute this much needed support group. God knows it is a breath of fresh air to many of us. No offense, lovely Alps.”, Theodore Walker, a British expat reports.
Did you notice that shopping on Amazon is predominantly impossible? Are you upset that supermarkets close too early? Are you living more than 20 km away from a river or a lake? We are here if you need to talk!
The first meeting of the First World Problems Support Society Zürich is scheduled for Friday, June 21, at 20:00 at the Zürich Development Center, Keltenstrasse 48. There will be a free buffet and a fun Politeness Competition for all you well-behaved citizens out there! Willkommen!