Subjective well-being and living conditions

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 smaller or greater in Switzerland than in the rest of Europe?
The indicators of subjective well-being are designed to answer these questions and to expand upon and complement the objective indicators on the population’s living conditions. They are regularly updated (usually once a year) for the following areas:

• Subjective well-being in Switzerland and in Europe
With 38.0% of the population having said in 2018 that they were very satisfied with their current life, Switzerland ranks well above the European Union (EU-28: 25.5%).
Different aspects, in particular people’s financial situation, personal relationships, state of health and working conditions, are analysed.
Detailed results can be found on the Subjective well-being in Switzerland and in Europe page in the navigation panel on the left.

• Subjective assessment of the financial situation
In 2018, only 12.1% of people in Switzerland said they had difficulties or great difficulties in making ends meet, compared with 20.7% in Europe (EU-28).
Detailed results can be found on the Subjective assessment of the financial situation page in the navigation panel on the left.

• Politics
In 2018, the level of trust in the police and in the judicial and political systems was high overall. 67.0% of the population said they had a high level of trust in the police, 54.2% in the judicial system and 45.9% in the political system.
Other aspects are analysed, such as interest in politics, frequency of participation in federal votes, political orientation and opinion on equal opportunities for the Swiss and the foreign population living in Switzerland.
Detailed results can be found on the Politics page (available in French, German and Italian).

• Participation in social and cultural life
In 2018, 59.4% of the population in Switzerland took part in activities in an association or supported them.
Data relating to help from others are also presented. Detailed results can be found on the Social and cultural participation page (available in French, German and Italian).

Other indicators measuring the inequality in income distribution, poverty and material deprivation complete the analysis of individual well-being (see “Related topics” below).


Detailed analysis of subjective well-being and living conditions

In addition to regularly updating the main indicators, the FSO conducts detailed analyses on subjective well-being and living conditions, dedicated to specific topics (see also “Additional information / Publications”):

Further information

Tables

These tables are only available in French, German and Italian.

Graphs

The above graph is only available in French, German and Italian.

Publications

The above publications are only available in French, German and Italian.

The above publication is only available in French and German.

Press releases

Links

Related topics

Statistical sources and concepts

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Switzerland
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