How’s life in the digital age in Switzerland?

Compared to other OECD countries, people in Switzerland report high benefits from the digital transformation thanks to widespread use of a variety of online activities. In many domains, Switzerland boasts high shares of people engaging in online activities, such as in purchasing goods and services online, expressing political opinions and the use of e-government services. Internet access (93.1%) and use (94.5%) levels are indeed among the highest in OECD and are combined with a relatively low degree of inequality of uses within the population. By contrast, the use of online education services stands below the OECD average, as is the case for online social networking. Due to the relatively low share of people with computer-based jobs, the negative impacts of job stress and worries about work when not working are limited. The share of children reporting having been cyberbullied is below the OECD average, as is the share of extreme Internet users among children. The digital transformation is associated with the generation of E-waste, which, at 23.6kg per inhabitant, stands above the OECD average.

Figure 4.33. The digital well-being wheel in Switzerland

Note: This wheel depicts Switzerland’s relative performance in terms of key opportunities and risks in the context of the digital transformation. The centre of the wheel corresponds to the lowest outcome observed across all OECD countries, while the outer circle corresponds to the highest outcome. For opportunities (in dark blue) longer bars indicate better outcomes, whereas for risks (in yellow), longer bars indicate worse outcomes. If data are missing for any given indicator, the relevant segment of the circle is shaded in white.


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