Neuchâtel, 25.04.2016 (FSO) – In 2014 Switzerland was one of the countries with the highest living standards in Europe. This does not exclude financial difficulties, as 6.6% of the population, i.e. approx. 530,000 people were affected by income poverty. Roughly one person in ten cannot afford a week's holiday away from home according to the Federal Statistical Office's survey on income and living conditions (SILC).
Neuchâtel, 25.04.2016 (FSO) – Switzerland's 51 registered youth hostels generated 814,000 overnight stays in 2015, i.e. a decrease of 14.4% compared with 2014. As for the 410 campsites surveyed, 2.7 million overnight stays were recorded, representing a decline of 0.6% compared with the previous year. These decreases should be placed in the context of the end of the minimum exchange rate for the Swiss franc against the euro on 15th January 2015. These are the final results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 22.04.2016 (FSO) – The Swiss nominal wage index rose by +0.4% on average in 2015 compared with 2014. It settled at 103.7 points (base 2010 = 100). Given a negative average annual inflation rate of -1.1%, real wages registered an increase of +1.5% (105.7 points, base 2010 = 100) according to calculations by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 22.04.2016 (FSO) – Nearly one in two people say that they believe in a single God and one in four in a higher power of some form. Over 20% of the population say that they do not have a religion, but only 12% state that they are atheists. Although traditional places of worship are emptying, religious practices and beliefs continue to be upheld and are diversifying. Women are more inclined than men to be religious or spiritual, and this in more varied ways. These are some the results of the language, religion and culture survey conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 21.04.2016 (FSO) – Switzerland's population grew by 1.1% in 2015. This trend is the result of net migration and natural growth which are both positive. The population continues to age, in particular Swiss nationals. These are some of the provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office's Population and Household Statistics.
Neuchâtel, 21.04.2016 (FSO) – Total health care expenditure in 2014 amounted to 71.2 billion, a 2.8% increase compared with the previous year. Growth was therefore below the five year trend. The percentage of gross domestic product spent on health care rose to 11.1%. These are the findings of the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) provisional figures on the costs and financing of the health care system.
Neuchâtel, 19.04.2016 (FSO) – In 2015 the average age of the economically active population was 41.6 years (+0.7 years compared with 2010). The ageing of the economically active population is associated with an increased labour participation of 55 to 64 year-olds: between 2010 and 2015 the economic activity rate of this age group rose by 5.3 percentage points to 75.8%. The average age at retirement has also increased and in 2015 was 65.5 years (+0.5 years compared with 2011). These are the findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 19.04.2016 (FSO) – Switzerland had 53,232 farms in 2015, i.e. 814 (-1.5%) fewer than in 2014. The total utilised agricultural area (1.05 million hectares) remained stable (-0.2%) whereas 155,200 jobs were counted in agriculture, i.e. a drop of 2.3% compared with the previous year. These findings are based on the farm structure census 2015 compiled by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 15.04.2016 (FSO) – The Swiss population shows great interest and diversity in its cultural and leisure behaviour. Around 70% of the population visit museums and monuments and go to concerts and the cinema. However, there are differences in cultural access according to age, level of education and place of residence. Around two thirds of the population undertake creative activities, e.g. just under 20% sing. These and other results can be found in the new publication on cultural and leisure behaviour from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 14.04.2016 (FSO) – The Producer and Import Price Index remained unchanged in March 2016 compared with the previous month at 99.0 points (base December 2015 = 100). Whereas the Producer Price Index increased by 0.1%, the Import Price Index remained unchanged on average. Compared with March 2015, the price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products fell by 4.7%. These are the findings of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).