Dialogue Proud of Switzerland – Credit Suisse Worry Barometer 2015 

Proud of Switzerland – Credit Suisse Worry Barometer 2015 

Unemployment, immigration, pensions – the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer 2015 tells us about Swiss people's main concerns, what they identify with, and where they place their trust.

The 40th edition of the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer captures the opinions and concerns of the Swiss population in 2015. The political system enjoys a high degree of trust, and Switzerland is proud of its neutrality. People’s main concerns are the same as in past years – unemployment and youth unemployment feature at the top of the list, while issues related to foreigners are also an increasingly important topic. Pensions and retirement provision are still among the main concerns, and the Swiss are increasingly worried about refugee issues and asylum questions.

Federal Supreme Court and Federal Council Are Highly Trusted

People are particularly proud of the country's neutrality and regard it as the most important feature of Switzerland's identity. They place their greatest trust in the Federal Supreme Court and the Federal Council – but when it comes to the question of trust, there have been quite a few changes.

Mountains, Banks, and Education – Switzerland's Identity

While neutrality seems more important to the Swiss identity than anything else, a whole series of traditional Swiss attributes contribute to the country's image: security and peace, its landscape, but also its banks and educational system.

Egoism is seen as the biggest threat to Switzerland's identity. However, those surveyed for the Credit Suisse Worry Barometer do not currently see social cohesion as a major problem facing Switzerland.

Proud of Switzerland

The Swiss are extremely proud of their country – firstly on account of its political characteristics – the federal constitution, civil rights, independence – and secondly due to its economic characteristics. Watchmaking, mechanical engineering, and the good reputation of Swiss brands are cited.

The euro crisis and the Swiss franc exchange rate obviously play a role in people's view of the situation, though Swiss citizens are cautiously optimistic about their personal economic situation. In terms of the country's economic future, however, the respondents see things slightly differently compared with their assessment of their own situation.

Despite all the pride in traditional Swiss characteristics, people are also naturally concerned about relations with foreign countries in general and the EU in particular. In this area, there are major challenges ahead, and the debate on how Switzerland should tackle them is as lively as ever.