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Worry Barometer. Articles and stories.

The Credit Suisse Worry Barometer 2022 tells us about Swiss people's main concerns, what they identify with, and where they place their trust.


Europe is closing ranks

Two years of a pandemic and more than six months of military attacks on Ukraine have changed Europe and Switzerland's view of Europe. The Swiss are taking another, albeit small, step toward the EU.

Shifting concerns

The pandemic? Water under the bridge. The war in Ukraine? Terrible, not least because of possible supply disruptions. But people are most concerned about environmental pollution and retirement savings.

The search for a new strategy

The war against Ukraine has shaken things up in many ways. Although the Soviet Union ended 30 years ago, we are now witnessing a renaissance of bloc thinking which ruled at the time. Switzerland must now decide whether to seek security within one of these blocs or in the fluid space between them.

Dependency has made us vulnerable – Simonetta Sommaruga

Her top priority is ensuring a secure electricity supply. Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, shares her views on Switzerland's main worries.

Interview: Manuel Rybach


2022 Credit Suisse Youth Barometer: The economic situation and war are leaving their mark – increasing need for securitys largely regarded as positive

While those surveyed two years ago were focused on the pandemic and sociopolitical issues, this year's results show a clear trend toward primary concerns and the associated increased need for security. A majority of the respondents in all countries polled want to support Ukraine with humanitarian aid.

Youth Barometer 2022: Is meritocracy a myth?

Regardless of where you come from, your skin color, your gender, or your social status: Those who put in enough effort and work hard get recognized and make it all the way to the top. This is the promise of our modern meritocratic society. Meritocracy, which originated during the Enlightenment, has been "trending" since the 1980s. The idea that financial and social status is no longer inherited but earned has had great social appeal for a long time.

Youth Barometer 2022: Grunge is back!

"Act like you don't care, even if you do." The grunge attitude is back among young people.

Youth Barometer 2022: War, peace, and geopolitics

For the first time in the history of the survey, a majority of young adults in Switzerland are no longer looking to their own future with confidence.
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