Jump to content
Your browser is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this websites. Learn how to update your browser[Close]

Security study

Swiss feel less secure and less optimistic

Pessimism among Swiss citizens about the country’s future has increased dramatically because of the turbulent international situation. As a result, the feeling of security has declined slightly according to the latest survey by the Zurich-based Federal Institute of Technology.

“The assessment of the global situation has reached a new low,” said the authors of the survey, carried out jointly by the institute’s Military Academy and the Center for Security Studies.

The rate of optimism dropped to 25% - down 20% from last year.

Tibor Szvircsev Tresch, the project leader of the survey, said the conflict in Ukraine, the refugee crisis in Europe and fears of terrorist attacks contributed to the result.

In its report, the researchers found that that confidence in the Swiss authorities and institutions, notably the government and the armed forces, has increased significantly and is exceptionally high – an average of 6.6 points on a scale of one to ten.

The survey also found a reduced interest among the Swiss in closer foreign policy relations, while the percentage of the population coming out in favour of Switzerland joining the European Union or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remains small.

“Swiss neutrality remains untouchable and the principle of neutrality currently enjoys almost unanimous support,” Thomas Ferst told a news conference on Friday.

The survey was conducted among 1,211 citizens in all the country’s different language regions in January. The centre and the military academy have been carrying out similar studies since 1993.

Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch



All rights reserved. The content of the website by swissinfo.ch is copyrighted. It is intended for private use only. Any other use of the website content beyond the use stipulated above, particularly the distribution, modification, transmission, storage and copying requires prior written consent of swissinfo.ch. Should you be interested in any such use of the website content, please contact us via contact@swissinfo.ch.

As regards the use for private purposes, it is only permitted to use a hyperlink to specific content, and to place it on your own website or a website of third parties. The swissinfo.ch website content may only be embedded in an ad-free environment without any modifications. Specifically applying to all software, folders, data and their content provided for download by the swissinfo.ch website, a basic, non-exclusive and non-transferable license is granted that is restricted to the one-time downloading and saving of said data on private devices. All other rights remain the property of swissinfo.ch. In particular, any sale or commercial use of these data is prohibited.