Whether you are a fan of the Swiss or not, you would probably agree that they have a unique social order. I have heard it put this way, “Switzerland is a country that just works”. The trains are on time. The streets are clean. The children are orderly. The alimony checks arrive on time?
… the research community supports Switzerland’s idyllic image. The country has consistently been either the first or the second happiest country in the World Happiness Report, which incorporates factors like GDP per capita, life expectancy, and perception of corruption.
The mainstream explanation is that the Swiss see their country more as a community than an abstraction. And the Swiss are fiercely loyal to that community. They invest in it and make it work.
There is a downside, of course. Ubiquitous standards guarantee uniformity rather than celebrate diversity. And that can be bad news for outsiders, or anyone else that dares not to fit in.
The trade-off is an interesting one – does one have to sacrifice diversity for more tightly knit community?