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Looking for answers, The Local’s Emily Rose Mawson uncovers some quirks of the Swiss dating scene.

You need to make more effort than you think With the rise of dating apps like Tinder and Grindr, many of us expect instant hook-ups.

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It is not a question of being stingy, however; it is about equality.

“I advise men to pay on a first date,” says ‘flirt coach’ Thomas Peter, who runs how-to courses in flirting in Zurich or by telephone or email.

And now, with a growing number of incredibly specific niche dating sites to choose from, it's easier than ever to find exactly what you're looking for in an ideal mate.

Want to meet a nice farm girl who'd be happy to settle down and help you raise cattle for the rest of your life? (Their slogan: "City folks just don't get it.")Does eating meat make your skin crawl?

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.

Take German expat Lena*, a leggy blonde: she noticed that since moving to Zurich, she has not been hit on much in bars.

Ben thinks it's because "American women are better conversationalists.

I think it's just a different society, and here people are more open to different experiences and are maybe more vivacious."So, there you have it, ladies and gents.

“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.

But as Swiss Marc* reveals, “we behave the way we do because of the numerous rejections we have received from Swiss women.” Tijmens’ top tip?

“If love doesn’t happen instantly, we are disappointed and are out of there,” the dating expert says, emphasizing that investing time pays dividends.

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