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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.

Figures presented below pertain to the permanent resident population aged 15 or over.

Languages usually spoken at work (chart)

At work Swiss German is the most widely spoken language (66.0% of employed persons), followed by German (33.4%), French (29.1%), then English (18.2%) and Italian (8.7%).

Languages usually spoken at home (chart)

At home or with relatives, 60.1% of the permanent resident population speak usually Swiss German, 23.4% French, 10.1% German, 8.4% Italian and 4.6% English.

Considering  languages usually spoken at work and at home, 42.6% of the permanent resident population have indicated more than one language. English and Portuguese are the two most often foreign languages indicated.

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Languages usually spoken at work (chart). Download (). Download opens in new window 49 KB   Languages usually spoken at work (chart)
(gr-e-01.06.01se01c)
Federal Statistical Office FSO
2013
Languages usually spoken at home (chart). Download (). Download opens in new window 50 KB   Languages usually spoken at home (chart)
(gr-e-01.06.01se01b)
Federal Statistical Office FSO
2013
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