She may be right: Swiss government figures in 2015 revealed that 35 percent of marriages were between a Swiss and a foreigner.

The Swiss need plenty of encouragement Search dating on any Swiss expat forum, and you find a slew of women moaning that men don't approach them.

Just like e-mail, text messages can be taken the wrong way.

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“This gives the man the green light to speak to you. Exacerbating the problem is the temporal nature of expats.

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.

“I had to offer full commitment, but be prepared to have and offer a lot of independence too.” …so be clear when dating several people simultaneously While dating a few people at the same time is common in some countries, particularly America, it is not customary in Switzerland.

But you usually need to date around to find the right match. Tijmens advises keeping each date to lunch or dinner – “absolutely no intimacy while you are dating several people,” she warns.

She says: “Labelling yourself as an expat when you want to date locals is not always helpful.

Just say, you live here now.” Sharing the cost of a date is normal If elsewhere men pay on dates, this is not always the case in Switzerland.

You need to make more effort than you think With the rise of dating apps like Tinder and Grindr, many of us expect instant hook-ups.

But this ‘no effort' mentality is a mistake when it comes to dating the Swiss.

As long as you have obeyed the ‘no intimacy' rule, there should be no hurt feelings when you decide on the one you want to build a relationship with.” There are no rules about when to have sex The Swiss enjoy 10 percent more orgasms than their international counterparts, according to femininleben.ch, But how many dates should you go on before you have sex in Switzerland?

There's no specific etiquette on this in Switzerland, says Tijmens.

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.