Subjective well-being in Switzerland and in Europe

Satisfaction with current life and satisfaction with different areas of life is a measurement of well-being and subjective quality of life. Although the gross domestic product (GDP) is also used as an indicator for quality of life, it is only concerned with economic aspects and does not take into account changes in society, the economy and the environment. In association with other indicators, life satisfaction can complement GDP, thus enabling a better analysis of the population’s well-being.

Subjective evaluation of quality of life in Switzerland

The well-being of the population in European comparison

The following report examines satisfaction with current life, satisfaction with one's financial situation, satisfaction with personal relationships as well as job satisfaction.

Satisfaction was measured in the SILC survey across Europe (EU-28, EFTA: Switzerland, Norway and Iceland) on a scale of 0 ("not at all satisfied") to 10 ("completely satisfied"). The following categories applied to all countries: Low satisfaction level (0-5), average satisfaction level (6-8) and very high satisfaction level (9-10). The European comparison is based on SILC data from 2018.

Links to the results and publications at European level are listed further below under "Further information" in the paragraph "Links".

Further information


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Statistical sources and concepts


Federal Statistical Office Section Income, Consumption and Living Conditions
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