I have been remiss. I let a Swiss holiday pass without so much as a word. My apologies. In my defense, until a few days ago, I wasn’t even aware that Turbosieste National Day existed. For those of you who don’s speak French, it means “National Powernap Day”. What a holiday!
Powernapping in private is also a common and acceptable (and common) means of celebrating. On March 14, 2012 from 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. everyone in Switzerland was asked to stop what they were doing for a 15 minute nap!
Driving can be dangerous and is even more so on the steep and windy roads that cut through Switzerland’s mountains. Driver fatigue is the cause of 10-20% of the accidents here. To prevent driver fatigue and avoid accidents, the Swiss launched a public service campaign. It encourages pulling off to the side of the road to nap when tired.
I’m not sure that people would feel safe sleeping roadside or at a rest area in the US. Michael Jordan‘s father was famously murdered while napping at a rest area in the US. However, Switzerland is quite safe and there isn’t much danger of being robbed or killed roadside. It is the number one country for the powernap (yet another reason to come visit).
Click here for a short video about the Turbosieste on YouTube.
In a country where personal responsibility, obeying the rules and money are all taken very seriously, fines are inevitable. We have heard that you need to budget 1000-2000 CHF a year for fines. Thankfully, we’ve only had one ticket thus far.
Here, a diverse array of behaviors are punishable by fine. Here are some interesting Swiss fines: