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Swiss Statistics

Languages and religions – Data, indicatorsLanguages

Languages declared as main languages (chart)

Permanent resident population by main language(s), 1970 to 2013

in %
 197019801990200020131
Total6'011'4696'160'9506'640'9377'100'3027'944'566
German/swiss german66.165.564.664.163.5
French18.418.619.520.422.5
Italian11.09.67.76.58.1
Romansh0.80.80.60.50.5
Other languages3.75.57.78.521.7
Total in %100100100100116.42

1) The confidence interval is in each case less than +/-0.2%.
2) The total exceeds 100% because people could indicate several main languages.
Source: 1970-2000: Federal Population Census; 2013: Structural Survey

1970-2000 data have been harmonised with the structural survey. Since 2010 persons interviewed could indicate more than one language instead of just one until then. That does not permit to make a perfect comparison between 1970-2000 and 2013.

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