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 in Switzerland and Europe

How many people in Switzerland are poor or at risk of poverty? Which population groups are most affected? Where is Switzerland situated in relation to its European neighbours in this regard? 

Material deprivation in Switzerland and Europe

What type of material deprivation faces the population living in Switzerland? What share of the population cannot afford one week's holiday away from home? Which population groups are most affected? What is the situation in other European countries?

Well-being and living conditions in Switzerland and Europe

How satisfied are persons living in Switzerland with their current life, their financial situation, and their personal relationships? Which population groups are most satisfied?  Is subjective well-being lower or greater in Switzerland than in the rest of Europe?

At a glance

Key indicators for the economic and social situation of the population
Description Indicators Source, Year
Percentage of total income received by the poorest 20% of the population Switzerland: 8.6%
Austria: 8.8%
France: 8.9%
Germany: 8.2%
Spain: 6.2%
SILC 2016
Poverty rate 7.0% SILC 2015
Poverty rate of persons in employment 3.9% SILC 2015
At-risk-of-poverty rate 14.7% SILC 2016
Share of the population unable to afford one week's holiday away from home at least once a year Switzerland: 8.9%
EU-28: 33.1%
Austria: 15.4%
France: 23.4%
Germany: 18.4%
Italy: 45.2%
SILC 2016
Percentage of population aged 16 and over very satisfied with their current life (9-10 on a scale of 0-10) Switzerland: 38.5%
EU-28: 21.7%
Austria: 37.9%
France: 16.1%
Germany: 25.0%
Italy: 14.2%
SILC ad-hoc Module 2013: Wellbeing
Percentage of the population that finds it very difficult to make ends meet (value 1 on a 6-point scale where 1 means [very difficult] and 6 [very easy])    Switzerland: 3.7%
Austria: 4.3%
France: 4.2%
Germany: 2.3%
Italy: 10.8%
SILC 2016

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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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