Education, health care, taxes, laws, politicians, people...
Most Helpful Girl
Education... Eh, everybody can read I guess. Can't complain really, it's free, and many places in the world would kill for that kinda opportunity.
Health care- amazing, and free. I'm eternally grateful to all our health care workers here. They do an amazing job.
Taxes.. well they pay for the above I guess haha. Really though, compared to what we get back from the system, it's a great deal. For a relatively small amount, we can all send our kids to school, and if they ever get sick they'll be taken care of, most also travel for free to and from school, and many get free lunch at school... Those kinda things would not be affordable for most people, so the taxes are an ok trade for it.
Laws- practically the same as most countries in the world.
Politicians- most 👎 too much to go into now, but most are awful. We have a handful of decent politicians.
People- the quality is declining. Rapidly.1
Most Helpful Guy
- Education: Great. I have to say we probably have one of the best education systems in the world. It's also a very unique one that other countries now start to copy a bit. Universities are unfortunately not completely free but they're very cheap compared to most other countries.
- Health care: Also great. The standard of our medical care is among the highest in the world. Plus, thanks to our strong federalism, we also have good hospitals in rural areas whereas centralistic governed countries tend to focus just on the big cities.
Taxes: Quite okay. Nobody enjoys paying taxes but most Swiss people understand it's a necessary evil to keep the community strong. From what I've heard from Americans, I have to say paying taxes in Switzerland is MUCH simpler than in the US, where it seems to be very complicated.
- Laws: Switzerland is a pretty conservative country and that is reflected in its laws. Many things that are already legal in other western European nations or in North America tend to stay illegal in Switzerland for much longer. For example, women in Switzerland only got their right to vote in 1971. Gay marriage is still illegal despite being legal in most developed countries. Switzerland is a bit like a snail that only likes to come out of its house really slowly and carefully. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The advantage of our conservatism is that once a law is indeed passed, it is usually agreed upon from all political sides and based on a large social consensus (it's "here to stay"). This means we practically never experience aggressive or bitter debates about new laws like in France or the US. Having a strong social consensus is quite important to Swiss people, so our political process tends to be slow but well-accepted.
- Politicians: Some are good, some aren't, just like in any other country. One thing that's really awesome in Switzerland is that politicians are very close to the rest of the people. For example I have seen several of our federal councils (presidents) on the train. They usually don't use any bodyguards or fancy government cars. Most of them go to work by public transportation, just like everyone else. "Normal" people respect this by not taking photos, asking for autographs or randomly talking to them. We treat them just like everyone else we see on the street and they act just like normal people. That's something I find really cool.
- People: Swiss people are good-hearted and but also extreeemely (cont.)0