On the other side, the Swiss are also known for being proper and courteous, and make incredibly loyal friends.
Not all Swiss women fit the Heidi stereotype, although it's true that the outdoor lifestyle is integral to Swiss culture.
Swiss women and men are not reknown for being the most chatty, outgoing or spontaneous when meeting strangers for the first time.
Friendships, in particular, play an important role, where many Swiss women and men feel more comfortable starting small and 'seeing where things go'.
The Swiss tend to like their personal space and a handshake is common when strangers meet for the first time, both between Swiss men and women, as is the formal address ( in French).
Acquaintances, however, will go in for a cheek kiss – typically three kisses.
They may not be known as the most romantic nation, but according to reports the Swiss are the best travel companions.
They never get stressed, nervous or angry when flights are delayed or hotel bookings lost or any kind of disaster strikes.