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Swiss Statistics

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Population size and population growth

Despite the ravages of the Spanish flu in 1918 and the 1975-1977 exodus prompted by the economic recession, the Swiss population has more than doubled since the start of the 20th century: from 3.3 million (in 1900) to 8 million (in 2012). Population growth was highest between 1961 and 1963 when total annual population growth rates were around 2.4%. Between 1980 and 2007, the average of the annual growth rates is 0,8%. 2012 registered a rate of 1,1% and that makes Switzerland one of the most dynamic country according to the population growth in Europe.
 Permanent resident
population at the end
of the period (in thousands)
Population
growth (in %)
20017 255.70.7
20027 313.90.8
20037 364.10.7
20047 415.10.7
20057 459.10.6
20067 508.70.7
20077 593.51.1
20087 701.91.4
20097 785.81.1
20107 870.11.1
20117 954.71.1
20128 039.11.1

From 2010: New definition of the permanent resident population, which also includes asylum seekers with a total length of stay of at least 12 months.

Source: Annual Population Statistics - ESPOP (until 2009), Population and Households Statistics - STATPOP (from 2010)

Population growth and size

Objects Title Period
Population data. Download (XLS). Download opens in new window 33 KB   Population data
(je-e-01.01.01.01)
Federal Statistical Office FSO
1950-2012
Permanent residant population by age, canton, district and commune. Download (XLS). Download opens in new window 5364 KB   Permanent residant population by age, canton, district and commune
(su-e-01.02.01.02.50)
Federal Statistical Office FSO
2010-2012
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