ISBN 978-3-03777-171-6
318 pages
format 15.5 x 22.5 cm

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Swiss Social Report 2016: Wellbeing

Franziska Ehrler, Felix Bühlmann, Peter Farago, François Höpflinger, Dominique Joye, Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello, Christian Suter (ed.)

Based on systematically prepared data and indicators, the Social Report 2016 provides information about the current status and development trends in Swiss society. This issue focuses on wellbeing: How satisfied are the Swiss with their social living conditions and their financial situation? Does religion still play a role in the search for a meaningful life? What impact do social developments such as the rise in divorce rates have on the wellbeing of the affected people? Does political participation make people happy? Are impoverished people less satisfied with life than the wealthy? Does increasing mobility in work and leisure time have a positive or negative effect on wellbeing?
In addition to a selection of 75 indicators on these and other topics, the Social Report contains five analytically oriented in-depth articles that focus on wellbeing and address the following topics: income and social contacts, dissociation from religion, wellbeing and poverty, political participation, as well as environment as a health factor.
The Social Report 2016 is rooted in the tradition of earlier editions. These have been completely updated and supplemented with new indicators. The data is graphically presented and available in electronic form on the website The Swiss Social Report 2016 is also available in French and German under the titles Rapport social 2016: Bien-être and Sozialbericht 2016: Wohlbefinden.


Felix Bühlmann, Professor of Sociology at the University of Lausanne.
Franziska Ehrler, Editor-in-chief of the Social Report at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences FORS in Lausanne.
Peter Farago, Professor Emeritus at the University of Lausanne and Founding Director of the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences FORS in Lausanne.
François Höpflinger, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and member of the steering group of the Centre for Gerontology at the University of Zurich.
Dominique Joye, Professor of Sociology at the University of Lausanne.
Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello, Professor of Psychology at the University of Bern.
Christian Suter, Professor of Sociology at the University of Neuchâtel.