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03.07.2014 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1406-00)
Natural population change 2013
More births and more deaths

Neuchâtel, 03.07.2014 (FSO) – The year 2013 was marked by an increase in the number of births and deaths. The number of marriages declined and the number of divorces and registered same-sex partnerships remained stable. These are the definitive findings of the Vital Statistics for 2013 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

24.04.2014 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1403-30)
Population size 2013: provisional figures
Switzerland's population increased by 1.2% in 2013

Neuchâtel, 24.04.2014 (OFS) – At the end of 2013, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 8,136,700, i.e. an increase of 97,600 persons (+1.2%) compared with 2012. Currently in Switzerland, one in five women and one in six men are aged over 64. The number of those aged 100 or over has increased by 6.6% compared with 2012. These are the provisional findings of the population and households statistics (STATPOP) issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

27.02.2014 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1401-60)
Provisional figures on natural population change 2013
Rise in deaths

Neuchâtel, 27.02.2014 (FSO) – The year 2013 was marked by an increase in the number of deaths. There was a decline in the number of births, marriages, divorces and registered partnerships. These are the provisional findings of the Vital Statistics for 2013 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

11.10.2013 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1310-50)
Population change in Switzerland 2012
More Swiss and foreign nationals leave Switzerland

Neuchâtel, 11.10.2013 (FSO) – Since 1999, migration has played the main role in the growth of the permanent resident population. However, in 2012 there was a decrease in net migration of 14% and a decrease in natural change of 3.9% compared with the previous year. The number of emigrations increased from 96,500 in 2011 to 103,900 (+7.7%). These are the main findings from the population and households statistics (STATPOP) for 2012 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

04.07.2013 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1306-60)
Vital statistics 2012
30% of newborns have a mother aged 35 or over

Neuchâtel, 04.07.2013 (FSO) – The year 2012 saw an increase in the number of births, marriages, registered partnerships and deaths while the number of divorces remained stable. Furthermore, the percentage of births outside marriage exceeded 20%. These are the main findings from the statistics of natural population change for 2012 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

14.05.2013 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1304-60)
Integration indicators on the population with an immigration background
Differences in employment and in language skills

Neuchâtel, 14.05.2013 (FSO) – The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has published the results of a second set of indicators for measuring the integration of the population with an immigration background. The aim of integration monitoring is to measure the opportunities for access to and participation in different areas of society. The numerous indicators show, among others results, significant differences between people with and without an immigration background in labour market participation and in the use of Switzerland's national languages.

25.04.2013 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1303-70)
Provisional findings on population growth in Switzerland in 2012
Demographic growth continues

Neuchâtel, 25.04.2013 (FSO) – At the end of 2012, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 8,036,900, i.e. an increase of 82,300 persons (+1.0%) compared with 2011. These are the initial, provisional findings of the population and households statistics (STATPOP) issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

11.04.2013 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1302-90)
Size and composition of households 2010
Household size virtually stable for past ten years

Neuchâtel, 11.04.2013 (FSO) – In 2010 there were 3.5 million private households in Switzerland. More than two-thirds of them were composed of one or two persons. The size of an average household was 2.21 persons. In the 2000 Population Census it was 2.29 persons. The majority of private households are family households (approximately 60%). Just under 80% of families with children were "original” (non-reconstituted) families, 15% single-parent families and approximately 6% "reconstituted" families. These are findings from the Structural Survey 2010 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

28.02.2013 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1301-30)
Provisional figures on natural population change 2012
Births and deaths on the rise

Neuchâtel, 28.02.2013 (FSO) – The year 2012 was marked by an increase in the number of births and deaths. The number of marriages and registered partnerships rose as well. These are the provisional findings of the Vital Statistics for 2012 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

10.12.2012 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1212-80)
Integration indicators of the population with an immigration background 2011
Inequalities depending on nationality and place of birth

Neuchâtel, 10.12.2012 (FSO) - The Federal Council has mandated the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) to build a system of indicators on the integration of the population with an immigration background. The results of the first indicators present a trend characterised by equality in the feeling of security, political participation and, to a certain extent, family organisation. As for education, health, poverty, material living conditions and housing, the numbers show significant differences between Swiss and foreign nationals and between people born in Switzerland and those born abroad.

30.08.2012 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1208-90)
Population change in Switzerland 2011
The population is increasing in the vast majority of cantons

Neuchâtel, 30.08.2012 (FSO) - At the end of 2011, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 7,954,700, i.e. an increase of 84,500 persons compared with 2010. This growth of 1.1% is comparable to the increases registered in 2007 and 2009. The vast majority of cantons have registered a growth in their population. Moreover, one out of eight inhabitants lives in one of the five large cities of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Bern. These are the final results of the population and households statistics (STATPOP) issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

02.08.2012 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1208-00)
Estimates of Switzerland's population in 2012
Switzerland has 8 million inhabitants

Neuchâtel, 02.08.2012 (FSO) - According to the latest estimates from the Federal Statistical Office, the population of Switzerland will pass the 8 million mark during the summer of 2012. The population of Switzerland has more than tripled since 1860; but population growth has not been linear: at the end of the 19th century and between 1910 and 1930 Switzerland was a country of emigration.

05.07.2012 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1207-30)
Vital statistics 2011
Decline in marriages and stabilisation of births

Neuchâtel, 05.07.2012 (FSO) - The year 2011 registered a decline in the number of marriages and registered partnerships, whereas the number of births and deaths remained relatively stable. These are the main findings from the statistics of natural population change for 2011 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

19.06.2012 09:15  - FSO, Population (0353-1206-30)
Structural Survey of the Federal Census, 2010
One fifth of the population has no religious affiliation
Revised version (11.10.2012): The adjustments concern only the results regarding religion

Neuchâtel, 19.06.2012 (FSO) - For the first time since the 2000 census, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is publishing with the results of the Structural Survey 2010 current data on Switzerland's religious and linguistics landscape. The annual structural survey is a core element of the new modular census, which provides a more accurate picture of today's ever-increasing pace of social change. At the end of 2010, the Roman Catholic Church, with a share of 38.6%, was the largest religious group. Between 2000 and 2010, there was a sharp increase in the number of people without a religious affiliation, who accounted for 20.1% in 2010. The share of multilingual people was 15.8% at the end of 2010; that of Romansh speakers remained stable compared with 2000 and stood at 0.6%.

26.04.2012 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1204-00)
Provisional findings on population growth in Switzerland in 2011
Demographic growth continues

Neuchâtel, 26.04.2012 (FSO) - At the end of 2011, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 7,952,600, i.e. an increase of 82,400 persons compared with 2010. This growth of 1.0% is comparable to the increase registered in 2010. These are the initial provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) Population and Households Statistics (STATPOP) which is part of the new, register-based population census system.

23.02.2012 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1201-80)
Provisional figures on natural population change 2011
The number of births and deaths is stable

Neuchâtel, 23.02.2012 (FSO) - 2011 was characterised by the stability of the number of births and deaths. There was a slight decline in the number of marriages and registered partnerships. These are the provisional findings of the statistics of natural population change for 2011 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

26.01.2012 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1200-20)
Participation of the elderly in society
Promoting active ageing

Neuchâtel, 26.01.2012 (FSO) - To encourage old people to participate in society, to enable them to stay in good health and to remove obstacles between the generations - these are the main aims of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in 2012. With this in mind, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is contributing to the event with the publication of various articles on the topic of active ageing in its Demos newsletter.

25.08.2011 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1108-60)
New population census: first definitive results
Population close to 7.9 million inhabitants as of 31.12.2010

Neuchâtel, 25.08.2011 (OFS) - The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is publishing the first definitive results of the new federal population census based on administrative registers and specifically on the new Population and Household Statistics (STATPOP). At the end of 2010, Switzerland's permanent resident population stood at 7,870,100 inhabitants, i.e. a rise of 84,300 persons compared with 2009. This 1.1% increase is comparable to those of the years 2007 and 2009. A quarter of the people living in Switzerland were born abroad and immigrated to our country. Moreover, one out of eight inhabitants lives in one of the five large cities of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Bern.

30.06.2011 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1106-90)
Vital statistics 2010
Births, marriages and divorces on the rise

Neuchâtel, 30.06.2011 (FSO) - 2010 was marked by a growing number of births, marriages and divorces. The number of deaths remained relatively stable. Only registered partnerships showed a decline. These are the main findings of the vital statistics for 2010 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

28.04.2011 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1104-00)
Provisional findings on population growth in Switzerland in 2010
Demographic growth remains stable

Neuchâtel, 28.04.2011 (FSO) - At the end of 2010, the permanent resident population of Switzerland was 7,866,500, representing an increase of 80,700 persons compared with 2009. This growth of 1.0% is comparable to the increases recorded in 2009 and 2007. These are the first provisional findings of the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) new Population and Households Statistics (STATPOP). This statistic, greatly improved in quality, is part of the new, register-based population census system and provides more precise details than the previous Annual Population Statistics (ESPOP).

29.03.2011 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1103-10)
Cantonal population scenarios from 2010 to 2035
Demographic growth in all cantons over the next 25 years

Neuchâtel, 29.03.2011 (FSO) - According to new scenarios for population change in the Swiss cantons produced by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), between 2010 and 2035 all cantons will register positive demographic growth. This growth will not be uniform throughout Switzerland and will be greatest around the Zurich metropolitan area and around the Lake Geneva region.

24.02.2011 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1101-90)
Provisional findings on natural population change in Switzerland in 2010
Increase in the number of births and marriages

Neuchâtel, 24.02.2011 (FSO) - The year 2010 was marked by an increase in the number of births, marriages and divorces. The number of deaths remained practically stable. Only the number of registered partnerships fell by 17% compared with 2009. These are the provisional findings of the statistics of natural population change for 2010 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

24.08.2010 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1008-60)
Resident permanent population in Switzerland
Decline in immigration to Switzerland in 2009

Neuchâtel, 24.08.2010 (FSO) - According to final figures published by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Switzerland's permanent resident population increased by 84,000 persons, i.e. 1.1%, in 2009 reaching 7,785,800 inhabitants by the end of the year. There was a decrease in net migration of 24% and a rise in natural increase of 2.3% compared with the previous year. Population growth was more marked in urban areas (+1.2%) than in rural areas (+0.9%).
Switzerland's permanent resident population reached 7,785,800 persons on 31 December 2009. It grew by 84,000 inhabitants, i.e. +1.1% compared with the previous year. This growth was lower than that observed in 2008 (1.4%), when particularly significant net migration was registered, largely due to the favourable economic situation as well as to the introduction of complete free movement of persons with the 17 countries of the European Union (EU) and the EFTA countries.

08.07.2010 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1007-20)
Statistic of natural population change 2009
Births and marriages in full swing

Neuchâtel, 08.07.2010 (FSO) - The year 2009 was marked by an increase in the number of births, marriages and deaths as well as by a decline in the number of divorces. On average, a woman gives birth to 1.5 children. Compared with other countries, Switzerland still stands out for the low percentage of births outside marriage and the high life expectancy of both men and women. These are the main findings from the statistics of natural population change for 2009 published by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

01.07.2010 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration, Education system, Labour Force (0353-1007-10)
Population scenarios of Switzerland 2010-2060
The population will continue to grow and will age significantly over the coming decades

Neuchâtel, 01.07.2010 (FSO) - According to the reference scenario of the new series of scenarios developed by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) for the 2010-2060 period, the population of Switzerland will continue to grow over the coming decades, mainly thanks to migration, and will increase from 7.8 million permanent residents at the end of 2009 to 9 million in 2060. The proportion of people aged 65 or over in the permanent resident population, which is now close to 17%, will increase rapidly to more than 28% at the end of this period. These demographic trends will largely determine the evolution of the economically active population. It will increase from 4.5 million economically active persons at the end of 2009 to 4.7 million in 2021, and will subsequently decline to 4.6 million at the end of 2060. At the same time, the educational level of the population of Switzerland will grow considerably.

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