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?
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?
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?