Life in Switzerland: My application for a C permit

Life in Switzerland: My application for a C permit

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Chantal may be 'The Hausfrau' but is she truly ready for Swiss citizenship? She thinks so. What about you?

Dear Switzerland,

I would like to apply for my C permit a year ahead of time because in four short years, I have become more Swiss than some Swiss. I realise this is not ‘the rule’ and may involve special votes and über-democratic procedures, so here is my reasoning for your fellow citizens to consider:

  • If a tram is one-minute late, I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack.
  • I have personally dug out a Schweizer Familie Feuerstelle, buried under five-feet of snow, and proceeded to cook fondue over a wood fire to the amazement of passing Swiss snowshoers (see photo).
  • I can now eat an entire cervelet in one sitting.
  • When I’m invited somewhere, I now wait outside said person’s door until the nearest clock tower dings our agreed meeting time. And then I ring the bell one second later.
Open fire fondue
  • Last year my gutters were so clean I could drink from them but I still went out and bought a CHF 6 bottle of water anyway.
  • I often start capitalising all English Nouns.
  • I consider paying CHF 60 (USD 60) for dinner a ‘good deal’.
  • I also consider a savings of 10 percent reason enough to run an advertisement in a newspaper.
  • I have gone to two Tunnelfests.
  • Finally, I make sure to crowd the door when a train arrives so that the people trying to get off the train can’t.


Anyhow, thanks for your consideration and I look forward to being one step closer to citizenship.

Herzliche Grüsse,
The Hausfrau

Now it’s your turn. Are you worthy of a C permit? Prove it by leaving a comment below.



Chantal Panozzo
Chantal Panozzo (otherwise known as 'The Hausfrau') is a writer in Switzerland who has written for a variety of publications on two continents. She’s the author of One Big Yodel, a blog about life in Switzerland and moving abroad, and also discusses living abroad as a freelancer at Writer Abroad. 

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