Social situation, well-being and poverty

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Well-being and living conditions in Switerland and in Europe

Which is the satisfaction degree of people living in Switzerlandin different areas of life like financial situation or social relations? Which are the groups of population who are most satisfied? Is the subjective well-being higher in Switzerland than in the other European countries?

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?

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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


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