Sense of discomfort

The figures below show the characteristics of "others" which are likely to make the population feel uncomfortable. They provide information about the situations in which these differences are considered to be the most problematic.

Around 5% of the population said they felt uncomfortable in everyday life about a person whose skin colour was different. Next come nationality (7%), religion (9%) and language (11%). 19% of the population feels uncomfortable in everyday life about the presence of people with an itinerant way of life.

Among those who feel discomfort, what groups in particular are mentioned?

  • "Travellers" or people living in caravans; among them "Tziganes" are the most mentioned, followed by Romani people, i.e. two groups coming from East Europe
  • People who do not speak any of the Swiss national languages, without regard to nationality or country of origin
  • People who are not considered to be integrated in Switzerland, do not wish to integrate or do not respect the country’s rules, culture and traditions
  • People who belong to a Muslim community

The strength of the feeling of discomfort can vary according to the context and the degree of contact between individuals.

33% of the population said they might feel uncomfortable, regardless of the situation and the cause. Coexistence with people of a different skin colour, religion, language or nationality makes 19% of people feel uneasy in their neighbourhood and 18% when it comes to their everyday life. People are significantly more likely to feel uncomfortable about cultural, ethnic or linguistic diversity at work than in other situations - 23% report discomfort.

Further information




Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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