It's a tourism boom, but not one to crow about: The number of people traveling to Switzerland to end their lives is growing. And it seems that more and more people with a nonfatal disease are making the trip.
Zurich's drive-thru brothels have been hailed a success by Swiss social services, a year after they first opened.
I should point out that obviously there are lots of ways Switzerland differs from my ideal, such as the vote against pot decriminalization and their recent vote against more immigration. No country is perfect.
I also pointed out that my policy views reflect a utilitarian value system. Does the Swiss system maximize utility? It's hard to say, but this survey suggests the answer is yes:
Switzerland is the world's happiest nation thanks to healthy GDP figures, strong social bonds and an increasing life expectancy, a new study of global wellbeing has revealed.
Some pundits say that only Westerners hold these values, and that in other parts of the world people are driven by religious fanaticism. I presume they mean places like Syria. Maybe, but there seem to be a lot of Syrians trying to get in to Europe right now.
PS. I'm not interested in discussing my views on these policy questions; I have a comment thread over at TheMoneyIllusion on that issue. Here I'm interested in two other questions. Are Swiss policies more utilitarian than most other countries? And if so, does direct democracy plus decentralization tend to lead to utilitarian policies?