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  1. The pandemic is no longer the sole worry

    The pandemic is no longer the sole worry

    For the second time in a row, the Swiss have named the coronavirus pandemic as their main worry but, in almost the same breath, they now also name climate change and retirement provision.

  2. Housing costs weigh on low-income populations

    Housing costs weigh on low-income populations

    Housing costs are a perennial issue. However, that worry about rising rents is increasing now in particular requires an explanation and steers the discussion towards the importance of housing and the different problems depending on the income class.

  3. Living environments in Switzerland

    Living environments in Switzerland

    The city/country divide, the generational gap, or differences between the language regions are occasionally heavily discussed in politics and the media. Solidarity and similarities, however, are also reflected by the electorate.

  4. "Switzerland can play a role as geopolitical mediator"

    "Switzerland can play a role as geopolitical mediator"

    He wishes for a positive dialogue with the EU and believes in Switzerland's opportunity to be an "honest broker." However, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, has a competent and pithy opinion on all the main worries of the Swiss.

  5. Life in the face of uncertainty

    Life in the face of uncertainty

    The coronavirus pandemic demonstrates Switzerland's resilience in times of crisis to voters. The Swiss do indeed closely observe the actions of the political world, the economy, and the media in these uncertain times, see room for improvement, and think carefully when it comes to expressing trust. However, few are those plagued by existential worries.

  6. Coming together in the crisis

    Coming together in the crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Switzerland more profoundly than anything else in recent decades. But this new worry, which tops the lists of people's concerns, is also bringing the Swiss together.

  7. We need to stand together as a country, despite COVID-19

    "We need to stand together as a country, despite COVID-19"

    Public confidence in the Federal Council has grown enormously. But expectations are also high – for the Council to guide Switzerland safely through the COVID-19 crisis. An interview with Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, conducted by Manuel Rybach.

  8. Growing need for security and safety

    Growing need for security and safety

    Security and safety concerns have risen in the rankings as a result of the pandemic. By contrast, the impact on trust in Swiss institutions has been relatively small. A majority of respondents view the economic situation quite positively, but the number of people who worry about losing their jobs is growing.

  9. Time to rethink retirement

    Time to rethink retirement

    Voter priorities are clear and their impatience is mounting: They want answers and results.

  10. Structuring financial flows sustainably

    Structuring financial flows sustainably

    More and more people are looking for an environmentally and socially sustainable economy. The financial industry has a key role to play here. And the right framework conditions are accelerating the process.