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


In order to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on society in Switzerland, a three-wave online panel survey with questions on the coronavirus pandemic and the measures to control the spread of the virus was added to the annual social survey MOSAiCH.The focus of this Covid-19 survey is on questions about well-being, work, work-life balance, and politics. The first wave was fielded from end of April to mid-June 2020.The online questionnaire was answered by 2421 people living in private households in Switzerland and aged 18 or above. The second wave was surveyed during the month of October 2020 and answered by 1270 respondents. The results were statistically weighted to achieve better representativeness for the Swiss population. The respondents will be invited to a third wave in spring 2021, which will allow to measure the impact of Covid-19 in the longer term.

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:


The following contribution is based on the FORS COVID-19 MOSAiCH survey.

We don’t need more “Grabens” in Switzerland by Gian-Andrea Monsch, Karin Nisple, Stephanie Steinmetz.

The German and French versions are published on the DeFacto platform.



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 fourth wave of the Selects Panel Survey, which was fielded one year after the federal elections  (from 28 September to 2 November 2020), there was a block of questions on COVID-19. The questions not only cover citizens’ opinions on the role of the Federal Council, Parliament, and cantons in the crisis management, fundamental civil rights, the relationship between the economy and public health but also investigate populist attitudes and work-related changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Selects Panel Survey data is available on FORSbase.

Further information on the surveys