Part trois of living the Swiss life. I’m actually kinda enjoying doing this series.. discovering the different bits of information on Switzerland itself. Since it’s Sunday, let’s talk about Sunday working in Switzerland.
In Switzerland, there’s a law against working on Sundays and official holidays unless absolutely necessary (some people would like it extended to the other six days of the week!). The general Sunday working law even prohibits the glorious Sunday past-time of car washing and gardening. If you are fortunate to have a garden, you may sit, but not work in it on a Sunday. Washing your clothes on a Sunday is also forbidden, at least in a communal washing machine/area, as is hanging out clothes to dry (OMG! It is a rule and we broke it!).
Sunday is a day of peace where the Swiss won’t tolerate noise, eg electric drills, hammering or loud music . Sunday working laws may be less strict or less strictly observed in country areas where farmers are permitted to work on most Sundays. Fines can be imposed for ignoring the Sunday working law, although as a foreigner you may just be given a warning.
Hmm.. I’m kinda sitting on the fence with my thoughts on this rule. I miss having the buzz on Sunday; going out shopping, a nice meal with family/ friends, doing groceries without worrying that the store closes early. It gets too scarily quiet here in Geneva on Sundays.