What is the Islamic ruling for a Muslim boy and a Muslim girl, who go to the same college and they are deeply in love and want to be together? Or does Islam forbid the normal relationships we have in today’s world? Also, what if the parents of the girl have already selected another man for her to marry, but she doesn’t want him to be her husband, she wants the one who she already loves?
Alice*, a French expat in Zurich, reveals that although her Swiss boyfriend paid on their first date, he expected costs to be split 50/50 after that.
It is not a question of being stingy, however; it is about equality.
Soon after he started dating a Swiss, Frenchman Martin* realized he was expected to keep his distance.
“She would suggest meeting up only every two weeks, even though we didn’t live far from each other,” he says.
Take German expat Lena*, a leggy blonde: she noticed that since moving to Zurich, she has not been hit on much in bars.
“I mainly get approached by Spanish guys,” she admits, adding that she thinks Swiss men must be too arrogant or too scared to speak to women.
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.
Yet somehow this does not guarantee the success of the future marriage.