Swiss satisfaction …

Age, money and human relationships have the largest influence on the happiness of the people

Switzerland is considered one of the countries where people are happiest.

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Pensioners and young people, people with connections and friends and people with money and house are the most satisfied. This is the conclusion, a survey by the Confederation.

Luke Häuptli

It is New Year, and it is in the nature of the transition calendar, you are grasping resolutions: eat less, walk more. Work less, earn more. Complain less, be happier. This above all: to be perfectly happy. Finally, we live in multi-optional times when everyone seems to choose what he wants. And choose who can choose to what makes happy. Be holding his own fortune.

The official surveyor of Switzerland, united in the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), help you now. They have collected what constitutes satisfaction, and made for that purpose 17,000 randomly selected individuals following question: “In general asked – how satisfied are you with your life?” Respondents to a value between 0 and 10, 0 was for “not satisfied”, 10 for “completely satisfied”. The result is a representative survey.


The results for the year 2010, there has recently been showing a clear picture: The most satisfied are those who are older than 65. In this age group to give more than 80 percent a satisfaction value of 8 to 10 The Federal Statistical Office regards this as “very satisfied”. Similarly high values ​​are obtained for the 16 – and 17-year-olds, but can be for young people to make only limited statistical information, because the satisfaction of the BFS has not raised under 16-year-olds.

Dissatisfied 30-50

That people over 65 and under 18 are above-average satisfaction is, in happiness research has proved: many satisfaction surveys abroad come to similar results. Fortunately, the lead researcher on the one hand back on the so-called midlife crisis. On the other hand, had the burden of paid work, such as competition and performance pressure, lower satisfaction scores in the labor force resulted. At the lowest values ​​were generally in the 30 – to 50-year-olds, say the scientists.

Interpersonal relationships
Next comes the science assumes that enhance interpersonal relationships, especially happiness. “Intangible assets such as marriage, family and friends make a big contribution to our satisfaction with life,” writes Bruno S. Frey, happiness researcher and professor of economics at the University of Zurich, in his latest book, “Happiness – The view of the economy.” This finding is also reflected in the BfS Survey: People in relationships and with children are happier than single people and single parents.

There are differences in the regions
Surprisingly, the BfS survey also differences between the regions in which respondents live: According to the Central Swiss are the most satisfied. “We have no explanation,” it says BfS press officer Ulrich Sieber. “The differences can have very different and very subjective reasons.”

According to the survey increases the satisfaction of people in Switzerland are available almost linearly to their income. This is that income that a household, after deduction of compulsory expenditure (such as taxation, social security and health insurance) is left to live. The differences between the nationalities are probably due primarily to differences in income.

The boundaries of the money
The correspondence between satisfaction and income, however, stands in contradiction to what is the happiness research as Easterlin paradox. Already in the seventies, the American economist Richard Easterlin had noted that higher incomes increase happiness and contentment while – but only up to a certain limit. From this point (somewhere 30000-60000 francs disposable income), people are happier thanks mainly to interpersonal relations – and not because of even higher incomes.

A house in the country.
Finally shows the BfS Survey: Homeowners are more satisfied than tenants, people residing in the country happier than people in the city, poor people with good education, as such, contented with. Only when there is virtually no gender differences explain 74.9 percent of surveyed men, they were very satisfied. For women, although there are more, but the difference is only 0.8 percent.

Switzerland with an international top position
Satisfaction surveys like the one that leads through the Federal Statistical Office since 2007, are now undertaken in many countries around the world. In international comparison, Switzerland is a top place: In front of her are only Costa Rica, Denmark and Iceland, as a comparative study of Dutch sociology professor Ruut Veenhoven notesUndo edits
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