A recent report by Switzerland’s Federal Statistics Office shows how life satisfaction varies based on life situation.
Life satisfaction in Switzerland, measured on a scale of zero to 10, sits just below 8 across all age groups. It peaks at an age of 16-17 at around 8.7. Then it’s all down hill to around 7.8 until you reach the age band above 64 when it climbs back up close to levels last enjoyed in youth of around 8.3.
Money matters, particularly if you are a foreigner. The difference between the poorest foreigners and the richest is 1.2 – 7.0 for the poorest and 8.2 for the wealthiest. For Swiss the difference is 0.7 – 7.7 for the poorest compared to 8.4 for the wealthiest.
When it comes to household makeup, the worst configuration appears to be single and under 65 (7.3). At the other end of the spectrum on 8.2 is being single and over 65. Next is couples under 65 with no kids (8.1), followed by couples with two children (8.05) and couples with one (8.0).
Foreign, middle aged, single people on low incomes can only hope reaching 65 will give their life satisfaction a lift.