Social situation, well-being and poverty

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In focus

Unequal distribution of income

Is the standard of living in Switzerland, measured in terms of income, one of the highest in Europe? Are the differences in income between rich and poor greater in Switzerland than in its neighbouring countries? To what extent do government transfers compensate for inequalities?  

Poverty and material deprivation in Switzerland and Europe

How many people in Switzerland are poor or at risk of poverty? What type of material deprivation faces the population living in Switzerland? Which population groups are most affected? Where is Switzerland situated in relation to its European neighbours in these regards?

Middle income group

Who's part of the "middle class"? How large is the middle income group in Switzerland and how is its share of the population developing?
Is the burden of compulsory contributions increasing in this income group?

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Statistical sources and concepts

On this topic

Inequality of income distribution

Analyses on inequalities in income distribution

Poverty and material deprivation

Information on poverty in Switzerland according to different concepts: absolute and relative poverty, material deprivation

Middle income group

Part of the middle income group and burden of compulsory expenditure: progression since 1998; quality of life of the middle income group in 2013


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