If there is one stereotype that doesn’t seem to be negative about Germans and the Swiss is that they are punctual. As writer Paul Bilton notes, “The Swiss are so punctual that they have a concept incomprehensible to lesser nations, that of being Überpünklich —literally, over punctual — and this is not viewed as a fault.” The importance of punctuality can also be seen in newspaper headlines where delays in train service are a hotly discussed and debated topic in German speaking countries, whereas they are a fact of life and not worth mentioning in the English speaking world. Interestingly enough it is exactly this punctuality that garners German speaking countries so much praise from foreigners.
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