According to a recent survey, Swiss prefer to live in villages. For most, living in a small commune with good transport links is more attractive than living in a big city.
Of the 1,200 people surveyed, 72% prefer village life and 67% life in a small town. For 37% living in a small commune outside a populated area was the winning ticket. Only 30% expressed a preference for big city life.
The survey was done by the Swiss Federal Institute for forests, snow and countryside (WSL). Information was collected in 2014 and published last week.
Given the prevalence of a preference for countryside living, it is unsurprising there has been strong population growth in small communes well connected to Switzerland’s cities.
WSL warns that this preference could lead to more villages turning into commuter dormitories and a loss natural spaces.
Some communes are also concerned. To preserve nature, villages surrounding cities should reject road infrastructure development, suggests WSL.