"Women often don't realise that men are not using the same criteria in their search for a partner.
Sure, they appreciate women who are smart and successful, however they say she needs to look, feel and act feminine.
Jennifer Davies was the Editor in Chief of Hello Switzerland in 2014.
Her career started as a news reporter and newsreader at the BBC and she is the only English language journalist ever to have been awarded the top broadcast journalism prize from SRF (Swiss Broadcasting Corporation).
Charlotte* is a trainee lawyer from New York who has lived in Switzerland for five years and currently lives in Bern.
There you are used to guys approaching you and you can easily strike up a conversation with anyone." Talking about her experience in Bern, Charlotte says she is almost never approached, and some men have even reacted negatively to being 'chatted up'.
"We start to perceive independence through the acquisition of things, but don't seek to connect everyday with people." Yet despite the challenges on the ground, international singles in Switzerland will be glad to know that the statistics look optimistic.
Lawson-Botez pinpoints two reasons: "International people work very hard.
But they have to ask themselves what have they done to achieve their goal of finding a partner?
" says Trea Tijmens from the Zurich and Geneva-based Success Match.
* The names of interviewees have been changed at their request.
Links: the Hello Switzerland Dating page for more advice on dating in Switzerland, provided by our dating partner Success Match, Switzerland's leading confidential and personalized dating and matchmaking agency for international professionals in Switzerland.