Poverty in Switzerland
Historically, Switzerland has been a poor country, especially the Alpine region. From the 17th century, incipient industrialisation brought wealth to the cities, particularly to Zurich, but rural areas remained destitute well into the 19th century, causing the peasant war in 1653, and later forcing families to emigrate both to Russia and the New World.
Nevertheless, Switzerland has a significant number of working poor, estimated at 213,000 people (3% of the population, or 7.4% of the working population) in 2003. 3.3% of the population were depending on social welfare in 2005.
- Christin Kehrli, Carlo Knöpfel, Handbuch Armut in der Schweiz 
- Armut in der Schweiz, Evangelical People's Party (EVP) of the canton of Zurich (1999) 
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