FORS COVID-19 surveys

FORS makes an important contribution to the evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on the population in Switzerland.
Questions on COVID-19 were included in various FORS surveys and then made available to researchers in Switzerland.
Below a selection of surveys with research results and data around COVID-19.

Swiss Household Panel

The Swiss Household Panel has conducted a special wave to assess the living conditions during the COVID-19 semi-lockdown in spring 2020. Thanks to this intermediate measuring point, the SHP offers an interesting opportunity to observe the impact of this period on the daily lives and the changes that it entailed for the Swiss population. The additional wave focuses on the following topics:

  • Well-being and health
  • Changes in work and financial situation
  • Time use
  • Home schooling
  • Family and social life and
  • The evaluation of the government policies.

First results of the Swiss Household Panel Covid-19 study

First results of the Swiss Household Panel – Covid-19 Study
Jan-Erik Refle, Marieke Voorpostel, Florence Lebert, Ursina Kuhn, Hannah S. Klaas, Valérie-Anne Ryser, Nora Dasoki, Gian-Andrea Monsch, Erika Antal and Robin Tillmann

Published in: FORS Working Paper Series

The data of the SHP COVID-19 Study are now available on FORSbase.

Scientific articles by the Swiss Household on COVID-19

Who is most affected by the Corona crisis? An analysis of changes in stress and well-being in Switzerland.
Ursina Kuhn, Hannah S. Klaas , Erika Antal , Nora Dasoki , Florence Lebert , Oliver Lipps
Link to the online article

The following article uses data from the Swiss Household Panel:
Large loss in studying time during the closure of schools in Switzerland in 2020
Michael Grätz (UNIL) and Oliver Lipps (FORS)
Read the online article


One survey is MOSAiCH, which this year was devoted to the theme of environment and climate. MOSAiCH is conducted in two parts. The second part contained questions about COVID-19 and the actions taken by the Confederation. In addition to some policy questions, the effects on well-being, work status and family/work compatibility were studied. The questionnaire was completed by just over 2,000 people between the end of April and the end of May. The results of the survey were published in four factsheets (see information below on this page).

The beta version of the data is available on request under the following link:

Results of the COVID-19 MOSAiCH survey, summarized in factsheets

The following factsheets are avaiable in German and French:

Well-being and worries during the lockdown. Factsheet N°1.

Policy, fundamental rights and environmental concerns during the lockdown, Factsheet N°2.

Work situation during the lockdown. Factsheet N°3.

Reconciling family and career during the lockdown. Factsheet N°4.

The factsheets in German

The factsheets in French

Technical information on the MOSAiCH COVID-19 survey


The beta version of the data is available on request under the following link:


SHARE, the survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. In Switzerland, SHARE is run jointly by FORS and the University of Lausanne. At the request of the European Commission, a telephone survey investigating the impact of the epidemic among SHARE respondents was set up. Data collection started in early June and will last until the end of July. A first set of questions concerns the impact of the epidemic on physical health, mental health, medical follow-up and compliance with health measures. A second aspect concerns the impact of the epidemic on employment, working conditions and the financial situation. And a final component investigates the impact of the epidemic on social contacts and social support.

These data may be linked to other data collected in the framework of SHARE and will be made available to the scientific community at the beginning of 2021.


The Swiss Election Study Selects has been investigating the electoral behaviour of Swiss citizens in national elections since 1995. In the next panel wave of Selects, which starts on September 28, 2020, there will be a block on COVID-19. This data will be published in late 2020/mid January 2021.

Further information on the surveys