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Immigrants trust the state and the police more than Swiss locals

Immigrants to Switzerland have a higher degree of trust in state entities and the police than locals, a new report has found.

Immigrants trust the state and the police more than Swiss locals
Swiss Federal Councillor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis (R) and Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio (L) salute border police. Photo: Alessandro Crinari / POOL / AFP

The report, compiled by Switzerland’s Federal Statistical Office, found that immigrants to Switzerland had a higher level of trust in the state and state entities like the police. 

While only 41 percent of Swiss trust the political system, 53 percent of immigrants say they have trust in politics. 

READ: Immigrants twice as likely to struggle financially as Swiss

Both Swiss locals and immigrants have a higher level of trust in police than they do in the political system, although immigrants still had more trust for police. 

In total, 65 percent of locals said they trust the police, compared with 70 percent of foreigners or immigrants. 

Broad agreement on equal opportunity

Immigrants and locals largely agree on the need to ensure equal opportunities for everyone in Switzerland regardless of their backgrounds. 

Three-quarters of immigrants (75 percent) and 68 percent of locals said everyone in the country should have the same access to opportunities. 

Locals vote more frequently

Switzerland, with its regular referenda and representative elections, is known for going to the polls frequently. 

This seems to be better understood among locals, of whom 67 percent participate in elections regularly. 

'I pay taxes but have no say in Swiss life': Your views on whether Switzerland should allow all foreigners to vote 

Among foreigners eligible to vote, 60 percent vote regularly. 

 

 

 

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COST OF LIVING

Switzerland faces 20 percent increase in electricity costs

The combined impacts of inflation, the war in Ukraine and the lingering influence of the Covid pandemic have combined to put upwards pressure on electricity costs in Switzerland.

Switzerland faces 20 percent increase in electricity costs

From 2023, customers can be expected to pay an additional 20 percent on their average electricity costs across Switzerland. 

This figure is determined on the basis of estimates from the Federal Electricity Commission (Elcom), which looked at the expected price development at 172 energy companies. 

According to Swiss tabloid Blick, this corresponds to an 180-franc increase for the average Swiss home. 

On the whole, energy tariffs are set to see an increase by 47 percent, although as tariffs only make up around 40 percent of electricity costs, the subsequent increase will be approximately 20 percent. 

EXPLAINED: Why Switzerland’s cost of living isn’t as high as you think

According to Credit Suisse, the impact could be much higher in certain apartments where the energy is more reliant on fossil fuel sources. There, prices could rise by up to 500 francs per annum. 

Power shortage 

Elcom is concerned Switzerland could see a power shortage in the coming winter. 

Switzerland is heavily reliant on power from its neighbours, particularly France, but can expect far less energy from French nuclear reactors in the future. 

Switzerland will therefore need to turn to Germany, Italy and Austria for energy, however these markets are also subject too cost increases and demand pressures, much of which comes from the war in Ukraine. 

A greater percentage of energy in these markets comes from fossil fuels, which also means that Switzerland will have a higher carbon footprint. 

In order to beat shortages, Switzerland wants to produce a greater degree of hydroelectric and nuclear power. 

The Social Democrats have also put out a proposal to ask citizens to limit heating in their homes to 20 percent. 

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