Until the ripe age of 82.8, on average, putting it 10th on that particular table. Britain is down in 28th.
3. The chocolate
Research has shown that chocolate causes the brain to release dopamine - and no-one does chocolate quite like the Swiss.
4. But they aren't fat
Despite all that Lindt within arm's reach, Switzerland has one of the lowest obesity rates in Europe (around nine per cent), on a par with Sweden, France, Italy and the Netherlands, and well behind Britain, where around a quarter of adults are considered obese.
5. They've got the coolest sportsman in the world
Coolest man with a racket
Fabian Cancellara is a bit of legend too...
Coolest man on two wheels (Photo: Getty)
6. They don't take sides
Switzerland has not been involved in a war since 1847, and doesn't spend billions of pounds on the military.
7. They're multilingual
Most Swiss will understand German (both Swiss German and Standard German), French and English, and possibly Italian. Many in Britain struggle just with English.
8. The working hours
They work 35.2 hours a week, on average, according to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). That compares with 36.4 hours in Britain, 38 in Spain, 42.1 in Greece and 48.9 in Turkey.
9. The scenery
How's the serenity? (Photo: Alamy)
And the skiing and the mountain air.
10. The healthcare
Switzerland is renowned for its healthcare system, Santésuisse, with appointment waiting times among the lowest in the world. It's no wonder the International Red Cross is based in Geneva.
11. They're smart
Ignorance, it seems, might not be bliss. Switzerland has produced 25 Nobel laureates out of a population of around eight million. That's more per capita than any country except Luxembourg, Saint Lucia and the Faroe Islands (which have five between them). Albert Einstein, though born in Germany, studied in Zurich and also developed the theory of relativity while living in Bern. And they also seem to understand what's going on inside the Large Hadron Collider.
Einstein studied in Switzerland (Photo: Getty)
12. Ursula Andress
The original Bond girl is Swiss (Photo: Alamy)
13. It's very democratic
Switzerland is widely considered the closest any nation has come to a direct democracy. Ordinary citizens can propose constitutional changes, referendums can be requested on any new law, and its 26 cantons enjoy a good deal of autonomy.
14. The lakes
Cities are often situated besides lakes. Working by the water is sure to ease your stress levels.
Lausanne (Photo: Alamy)
15. Scenic trains
Fewer modes of transport are more relaxing than a rail journey. Even better when it's one of its epic routes, like the Glacier or Bernina expresses.
The Bernina Express (Photo: Alamy)
They've got nutty emmental, a scratch -and-sniff gruyere museum and fondue.
17. Its cities are among the world's most "liveable"
Zurich came second in Mercer's 2015 Quality of Living survey, while Geneva came 8th and Bern 13th. London was the top UK city - at 40th.
18. They're always on time
OK, we're roaming deep into cliché territory now.
The Swiss dominate the watch world (Photo: AP/Fotolia)
19. And finally... the flag's a big plus
Get it? (Photo: AP/Fotolia)
And four reasons it's not so great
1. Too many rules
The fact that Swiss parents must choose from an approved list of baby names kind of illustrates the point. It is also illegal to flush the toilet after 10pm.
2. The wealth gap
It might be a wealthy, but there is a considerable gap between the richest and poorest – the top 20 per cent of the population earn close to five times as much as the bottom 20 per cent.
3. There's conscription
Despite not fighting any wars, Switzerland has mandatory military service for all able-bodied males. I suppose they've got to put all those army knives to use.
4. It's boring
A common complaint, but one that has substance. Switzerland will never be known for its nightlife, bohemian culture or comedians.
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