Language(s) for media use

Full indicator name: language(s) in which people use media


The language, religion and culture survey (LRCS) is intended for people aged 15 and over who can answer in German, French or Italian. In case of insufficient language skills in one of these official languages, part of the survey can be conducted with the help of a third person (proxy interview).

The indicator is based on the following LRCS questions:

• “In which language do you listen to the radio, watch films or programs?   You can indicate several languages. »
• “How often do you listen to the radio or watch films or programs in language X?

Possible answers are: “every day or almost”, “at least once a week”, “at least once a month”, “at least once a year”, “less than once a year”.

The regular use of a language is defined as at least once a week.

The local language is the one of the “commune” of residence. The local language is Swiss German in the predominantly German-speaking communes, and French or Italian in the communes of the French- or Italian-speaking regions.

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