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Election and Democracy
Switzerland
Voter turnout in the national election48.5% (March 2019 or latest)
[34/36countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections5.57 (2014)
[15/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes88.5% (2014)
[6/26countries]
% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign58.6% (2014)
[11/26countries]
% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions87.2% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works91.8% (2013)
[1/26countries]
% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech14.5% (2010)
[25/25countries]
% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech19.5% (2010)
[1/25countries]
Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today7.59 (2014)
[2/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago7.76 (2014)
[1/26countries]
Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now7.06 (2014)
[2/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.15 (2014)
[19/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities6.10 (2014)
[11/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making5.17 (2014)
[26/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions4.55 (2014)
[16/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances6.13 (2014)
[13/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights4.60 (2014)
[21/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections4.52 (2014)
[8/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote5.19 (2014)
[9/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.69 (2014)
[6/26countries]
Politician
Switzerland
Number of total seats in the Parliament246 (2017)
[16/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population29.38 (2017)
[12/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives200 (2017)
[16/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population23.89 (2017)
[15/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments32.5% (2017)
[14/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)28.6% (2017)
[15/35countries]
% of those who trust politicians58.3% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally44.5% (2010)
[20/25countries]
% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption7.6% (2016)
[24/25countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest32.5% (2014)
[22/26countries]
Political party and organization
Switzerland
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics51.1% (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices25.6% (2014)
[26/26countries]
% of those who belong to a political party6.8% (2014)
[12/26countries]
% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government7.2% (2016)
[22/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations4.29 (2014)
[6/26countries]
Parliament
Switzerland
% of those who have confidence in parliament85.0% (2008)
[1/30countries]
% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election42.4% (2016)
[1/25countries]
% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law33.8% (2014)
[1/26countries]
Political awareness
Switzerland
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)73.4% (2016)
[9/24countries]
% of those interested in politics (4 choices)61.4% (2014)
[8/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is left8.3% (2014)
[24/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is center55.7% (2014)
[10/26countries]
% of those who think that their political position is right12.7% (2014)
[21/26countries]
Average of political position5.21 (2014)
[15/26countries]
% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers60.2% (2014)
[8/26countries]
% of those who read the political content of a newspaper every day45.8% (2014)
[2/18countries]
% of those who never read the political content of a newspaper13.2% (2014)
[15/18countries]
% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day75.3% (2014)
[10/26countries]
% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information3.5% (2014)
[15/26countries]
% of those who watch political news on television every day46.1% (2014)
[9/18countries]
% of those who never watch political news on television12.6% (2014)
[5/18countries]
% of those who listen to political news on the radio every day38.4% (2014)
[1/18countries]
% of those who never listen to political news on the radio25.0% (2014)
[13/18countries]
% of those who use the Internet to obtain political news or information every day28.2% (2014)
[5/17countries]
% of those who never use the Internet to obtain political news or information38.4% (2014)
[12/17countries]
% of those who have expressed political views on the internet9.5% (2014)
[19/26countries]
% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion44.1% (2014)
[5/26countries]
% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country61.6% (2016)
[8/25countries]
% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government27.6% (2014)
[14/26countries]
% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice32.5% (2016)
[22/25countries]
% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think31.5% (2014)
[26/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government4.93 (2014)
[23/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.80 (2014)
[9/26countries]
Political action
Switzerland
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law49.4% (2014)
[3/26countries]
% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views19.5% (2014)
[12/26countries]
% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity56.9% (2014)
[4/26countries]
% of those who have signed a petition58.9% (2014)
[13/26countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more5.09 (2014)
[3/26countries]
% of those who have attended a political meeting23.6% (2014)
[16/26countries]
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government75.5% (2016)
[23/25countries]
% of those who have attended demonstrations16.0% (2014)
[20/26countries]
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations75.2% (2016)
[20/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings56.8% (2016)
[16/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings14.6% (2014)
[16/26countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views67.0% (2016)
[13/25countries]
Government
Switzerland
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 57.8% (2009)
[7/34countries]
Public officials
Switzerland
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older22.3% (2015)
[19/31countries]
% of those who trust in civil servants55.6% (2016)
[1/25countries]
% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people80.3% (2014)
[3/25countries]
% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption54.9% (2014)
[7/26countries]
% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption5.8% (2016)
[24/25countries]
% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years93.7% (2016)
[1/25countries]
Public finance
Switzerland
General government expenditure, % of GDP33.9% (2015)
[31/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP35.0% (2015)
[28/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP1.1% (2015)
[5/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP45.2% (2015)
[28/35countries]
General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-5.9% (2015)
[9/33countries]
% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending51.3% (2016)
[17/25countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget2.37% (2016)
[18/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget4.93% (2016)
[7/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget11.71% (2016)
[7/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.72% (2016)
[12/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget0.57% (2016)
[29/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget6.51% (2016)
[32/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget2.42% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget16.30% (2016)
[3/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget39.61% (2016)
[15/32countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP0.81% (2016)
[26/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.69% (2016)
[18/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP4.01% (2016)
[17/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.59% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.20% (2016)
[32/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP2.23% (2016)
[32/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP0.83% (2016)
[23/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP5.58% (2016)
[10/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP13.57% (2016)
[21/32countries]
Tax
Switzerland
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates8.0% (2015)
[31/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)21.15% (2018)
[24/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)18 (2016)
[9/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)8.9% (2010)
[27/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)17.6% (2010)
[23/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)30.1% (2010)
[29/36countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes10.8% (2016)
[22/25countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes52.5% (2016)
[12/25countries]
% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes85.5% (2009)
[5/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes6.11 (2014)
[15/26countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes91.6% (2016)
[2/25countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society75.6% (2016)
[2/25countries]
Social security
Switzerland
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)19.2% (2013)
[23/34countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system86.9% (2013)
[2/26countries]
% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions56.9% (2016)
[18/25countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old91.7% (2016)
[21/25countries]
% of those who think that the government is successful in the provision of decent life for the old57.2% (2016)
[1/15countries]
% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people49.3% (2016)
[24/25countries]
% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people12.8% (2016)
[2/25countries]
% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people17.6% (2016)
[7/25countries]
% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people19.6% (2012)
[25/27countries]
% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people39.0% (2012)
[27/27countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)80 (2009)
[22/34countries]
% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 61.6% (2012)
[3/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 18.1% (2012)
[22/27countries]
% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 3.8% (2012)
[25/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave23.5% (2012)
[25/27countries]
% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave10.3% (2012)
[10/27countries]
% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave61.5% (2012)
[5/27countries]
% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age2.4% (2012)
[10/27countries]
% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age74.6% (2012)
[2/27countries]
% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age23.0% (2012)
[26/27countries]
% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age6.1% (2012)
[27/27countries]
% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country7.0% (2010)
[12/25countries]
% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor5.3% (2009)
[27/28countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it69.7% (2016)
[22/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.58 (2014)
[11/26countries]
Law and Justice
Switzerland
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free78.2% (2016)
[8/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)74.4% (2016)
[2/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations5.79 (2014)
[25/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts72.4% (2009)
[3/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)84.9% (2008)
[4/30countries]