Health Literacy

We are committed to exploring and improving the health literacy of the Swiss population. The results of the Swiss Health Literacy Survey 2019-21 have been presented in September 2021. Two reports on coronavirus-related health literacy are also available.

Health literacy refers to the ability of the individual to take decisions in daily life that have a positive impact on health. It needs to be promoted by the creation of appropriate structural conditions. Strengthening the health literacy of the population is an aim of the Federal Council's Health2030 strategy. Optimising the information provided to the public should help people move more efficiently in the healthcare system, better prevent illnesses and manage their health with greater care.

Swiss Health Literacy Survey 2019-21

Switzerland participated in an international survey on the health literacy of its population. This survey took place simultaneously in other countries of the WHO Europe region. The results were published in the form of a national report. They are also designed to serve as the basis for future measures.

Health literacy and the COVID-19 pandemic

In addition to surveys on health literacy in general, the FOPH and partner organisations are also investigating the coronavirus-related health literacy of the population as a whole and of migrants in Switzerland.

Older studies on health literacy

The results of the representative "Health literacy survey" in 2015 and further information can be found in German or French on the following websites:


Compétences en santé

Further information

Health Equity

Our health system must be accessible to all, regardless of language, origin, social status or educational level.

National Strategy Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

A healthy lifestyle would help prevent many non-communicable diseases and reduce their consequences. This is where the NCD strategy and its partners come in.

Last modification 17.01.2022

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