I have a newfound respect for the Swiss.
A Dutch vegan who applied for a Swiss passport has had her application rejected because the locals found her too annoying.
Nancy Holten, 42, moved to Switzerland from the Netherlands when she was eight years old and now has children who are Swiss nationals.
However, when she tried to get a Swiss passport for herself, residents of Gipf-Oberfrick in the canton of Aargau rejected her application.
Ms Holten, a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals.
The resident’s committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national.
Ms Holten told local media: “The bells, which the cows have to wear when they walk to and from the pasture, are especially heavy.
“The animals carry around five kilograms around their neck. It causes friction and burns to their skin.”
She added: “The sound that cow bells make is a hundred decibel. It is comparable with a pneumatic drill. We also would not want such a thing hanging close to our ears?”
Tanja Suter, the president of the local Swiss People’s Party, claimed Ms Holten has a “big mouth” and that residents did not want to grant her citizenship “if she annoys us and doesn’t respect our traditions”.
Responding to the rejection, Ms Holten said: “I think I spoke my mind too often, and I say it out too loud.”
Ms Holten, who describes herself as a freelance journalist, model and drama student, has also campaigned against a number of other Swiss traditions like hunting, pig races and the noisy church bells in town.
She was previously rejected for citizenship in 2015 after residents voted to block her initial application.
The Swiss have also rejected a few Islamic girls who refused to participate in a swim class with young boys. Let Switzerland be an example to the rest of Europe. If people do not adhere to your culture and refuse to assimilate, don’t let them stay. Don’t give them passports. And don’t give them citizenship. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Entering a foreign country, especially from the generosity that’s gotten Europe into so much trouble through migrant crisis, then demanding that the host country cater to your own culture or beliefs and not their’s is about as arrogant as it gets. Even if it’s as small bugging the crap out of everyone else with your intolerance for their way of life when it comes to neck tied cow bells.