Worry barometer War is greatest worry for the Swiss


By swissinfo.ch and agencies


War is the greatest worry for people in neutral Switzerland

War is the greatest worry for people in neutral Switzerland

(Keystone)

Almost half (43%) of Swiss are worried about war, according to a nationwide representative survey. Perhaps surprisingly, immigration was ranked only fifth (29%). 

The environment and the climate concerned 40% of the 1,311 people questioned online from July 10-20 by the LINK Institute in collaboration with Swisscom portal bluewin.ch. 

This was followed, in order, by stress, crime, immigration, politics, health, the economy, work, money and family/relationship, all of which worried more than 20% of the population. 

There were regional differences: whereas war was a worry for every other German-speaking Swiss, it concerned only 30% of those in the French- and Italian-speaking parts of the country. Similarly, in western Switzerland immigration was back in tenth place. 

The biggest worries for French-speaking Swiss were unemployment, then health and stress. 

The greatest concern for their Italian-speaking compatriots was stress, followed by crime and unemployment. 

Family is also the thing that make the Swiss happiest: 81% said their family was the most important factor in their happiness, followed by hobbies/freetime (76%) and friends (69%). In sixth place was their pets (27%).

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