Clichés By Christoph Balsiger Culture ... Print comment OrderlinessSwitzerland is spick and span. Each home, street, office and... every rubbish bin is neat and tidy. In some cases, the rubbish bin even has its own chalet to protect it from the elements. CleanlinessIn Switzerland, everything is clean and shiny. The Swiss flag itself is the symbol of cleanliness, so much so that you'll even find it on your soap. SecurityThe Swiss are obsessed by security. Each town and village has an alarm system that is tested once a year, at full blast. SlownessDiscussing, thinking and - more than anything else – deciding seem to take a lot longer in Switzerland than elsewhere. The slow pace of change gives many people the feeling the country is sleeping. InnovationInnovation is a typical trait of the Swiss. They have even found a way of recycling tennis balls that were once used by the likes of Roger Federer and Martina Hingis. PrecisionPainting a line on the road: easy? Not really. But the Swiss, perfectionists at heart, put their high-powered knowledge of engineering, mechanics and geometry to good use... Nobody's perfectBut sometimes even the Swiss get it wrong... This content was published on December 8, 2008 9:57 AMDec 8, 2008 - 09:57 Perception of Switzerland thrives on stereotypes.(photos and text: Christoph Balsiger and Marzio Pescia, swissinfo) Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!