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Old 15.11.2010, 15:01
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Totally agree with this--poverty exists in Switzerland if you bother to look closely; some stats (in German) I found useful from Caritas here. Also agree that poverty here looks much different than in other countries, though I'm sure it's still pretty unpleasant if you're trying to raise a family living on income below the povery line.

Of course it does - but there's poverty and there's poverty.

There's the relative poverty that most developed countries use as a benchmark, and then there's "Can my family and I survive on $1 a day? Where can I beg/steal/borrow this $1-a-day?" poverty.
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Re: Yes, there is poverty in Switzerland

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I was talking to a Swiss friend of mine about this & one of the things she told me was that a lot of Swiss families would like to visit Jungfrau but hadn't as it was too expensive.

Here is an interesting article especially for those that think every other Swiss person owns one of those many luxury cars you see on the roads.
You think that I am to old for this,I got the money no problem there
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I can see how someone who doesn't have a job may not find one in Switzerland for a very long time. That is all it takes to slip into poverty.
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So much is said about the poverty gap in other countries, most notably the US. Many forget that there is poverty in Switzerland.

I Know that I could support a family much better on $3000 per month in the US than in Switzerland. I can be very frugal, but $3000 per month?

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_ne...l?cid=28787926
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Re: Poverty in Switzerland

There might be some minor changes to the SKOS rates.

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Swiss Conference for Social Assistance (SKOS) recommends the cantons, 2011 to align the basic needs of social assistance is an inflation adjustment of 1.75 percent. For singles, it translates to an increase of CHF17 a month.
Swissinfo article in DE ( crude EN here )

Some Sozialamts are already engaging 3rd party Social Welfare policing organisations, such as www.sowatch.ch, and Ebay as well as Paypal IDs are now required to be declared for investigation. From their website:



Diese Gemeinden haben mit SoWatch Rahmenverträge abgeschlossen:

  • Sozialregion Oberer Leberberg in Grenchen (vier Gemeinden)
  • Stadt Dietikon
  • Stadt Schlieren
  • Gemeinde Lengnau BE
  • Gemeinde Wangen-Brüttisellen
  • Gemeinde Affoltern am Albis
  • Gemeinde Lindau ZH
  • Gemeinde Oftringen
  • Gemeinde Volketswil
  • Gemeinde Dürnten
  • Gemeinde Thalwil
  • Gemeinde Aarburg
  • Stadt Zug
  • Gemeinde Strengelbach
  • Stadt Wädenswil
Diese Gemeinden repräsentieren rund 195'000 Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner.
In den Diensten werden ca. 3'800 Sozialhilfefälle geführt


The Swiss Social policy is here.

The European Union is one of the richest areas in the world, but still 17% of EU citizens have such limited resources that they cannot afford the basics.
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