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Schweiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra
Aerial view of Lugano, Switzerland
Credits: Antonio Sessa
Capital: Bern
Population: 8,570,146
Language(s): GermanFrenchItalianRomansh
Currency: Swiss franc (CHF/CHF)
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Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 906CHF/month
a meal 25CHF
a cappuccino 4.62CHF

These are average costs of living for Switzerland. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 22 38.53

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


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Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 2 0.955
World Press Freedom Index 10 10.55

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN Basel
  • ESN Bern
  • ESN Chur
  • ESN EPF Lausanne
  • ESN Fribourg
  • ESN Genève
  • ESN Lugano
  • ESN Luzern
  • ESN Neuchâtel
  • ESN St Gallen
  • ESN Uni Lausanne
  • ESN Winterthur
  • ESN Zurich

Higher education institutions

  • Hochschule Luzern (Lucerne)
  • University of Lucerne (Lucerne)
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern (Lucerne)
  • Université de Lausanne (Lausanne)
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne)
  • Haute école pédagogique du canton de Vaud (Lausanne)
  • Scuola Specializzata Superiore Alberghiera e del Turismo (Bellinzona)
  • Universität St. Gallen (St. Gallen)
  • Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST) (St. Gallen)
  • Pädagogische Hochschule St. Gallen (St. Gallen)
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich (Zürich)
  • Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zürich)
  • Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zürich (Zürich)
  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Zürich)
  • University of Zurich (Zürich)
  • F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign Zürich (Zürich)
  • University of Basel (Basel)
  • Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (Supsi) (Lugano)
  • Universita della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano)
  • Theologische Hochschule Chur (Chur)
  • University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (Chur)
  • University of Teacher Education PHBern (Bern)
  • Berufs-, Fach- und Fortbildungsschule Bern (Bern)
  • University of Bern (Bern)
  • Berner Bildungszentrum Pflege AG (Bern)
  • Berner Fachhochschule (Bern)
  • Haute Ecole Pédagogique du Valais (St-Maurice)
  • Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (Winterthur)
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Zug (Zug)
  • University of Geneva (Geneva)
  • Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB) (Sion)
  • University of Fribourg (Fribourg)
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau (Kreuzlingen)
  • University of Neuchâtel (Neuchâtel)
  • Haute Ecole Specialisee de Suisse Occidentale (Delémont)
  • Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB (Zollikofen)
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (Brugg-Windisch)
  • Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality Ltd. (Passug)

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