In Switzerland, almost two in five people say that they are very satisfied with their current life compared with one in five in the European Union
In 2013, a comparison with Switzerland's neighbouring countries shows that the Swiss population (38.5%) and that of Austria (37.9%) were most likely to give a high score for life satisfaction (Germany: 25.0%, France: 16.2%, Italy: 14.4%). At the other end of the scale, with just under 23%, Italy shows the largest percentage of the population with low life satisfaction (France: 19.3%, Germany: 19.2%, Austria: 12.9%, Switzerland: 8.0%).
In Switzerland, almost three in five people say that they are very satisfied with their personal relationships compared with two in five in the European Union
A comparison with Switzerland's neighbours shows that in 2013, the population in Austria (59.2%) and Switzerland (57.6%) were more likely to have a high level of satisfaction with their personal relationships than that in Germany (45.0%), France (34.2%) and Italy (22.1%). With almost 15%, Germany recorded the largest percentage of the population with a low level of satisfaction (Switzerland: 3.0%).
In Switzerland, the average level of trust in institutions is 7 out of 10 compared with 4.7 in the European Union
In 2013, Switzerland was among the countries in which trust in institutions (political, police and justice) was relatively high (Finland and Denmark: 7.1, Switzerland: 7.0, Sweden: 6.5). Switzerland scored much higher than its neighbours (Germany: 5.5, France: 4.4 and Italy: 3.8).