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12.05.2016 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1605-00)
Population projections for the cantons in Switzerland 2015-2045
Large increase expected in number of retired people

Neuchâtel, 12.05.2016 (FSO) - Almost all cantons will record positive population growth over the next thirty years. This growth will be accompanied by a marked increase in the number of people of retirement age in all the cantons according to the new population trend scenarios for Switzerland's cantons calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

22.04.2016 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1604-30)
First results of the language, religion and culture survey 2014 - religion
From religion to spirituality: diversity of practices and beliefs

Neuchâtel, 22.04.2016 (FSO) - Nearly one in two people say that they believe in a single God and one in four in a higher power of some form. Over 20% of the population say that they do not have a religion, but only 12% state that they are atheists. Although traditional places of worship are emptying, religious practices and beliefs continue to be upheld and are diversifying. Women are more inclined than men to be religious or spiritual, and this in more varied ways. These are some the results of the language, religion and culture survey conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

21.04.2016 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1604-10)
Provisional results on population change in 2015
The population is growing and ageing

Neuchâtel, 21.04.2016 (FSO) - Switzerland's population grew by 1.1% in 2015. This trend is the result of net migration and natural growth which are both positive. The population continues to age, in particular Swiss nationals. These are some of the provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office's Population and Household Statistics.

31.03.2016 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1603-10)
Families and Generations Survey 2013: Relationships
Where the heart is: Relationships and marriages popular

Neuchâtel, 31.03.2016 (FSO) - More than three quarters of men and women aged between 18 and 80 are in a relationship and most of these live together with their partner. Marriage still remains common with four fifths of all people who live with a partner of the opposite sex being married. These are some of the findings of an analysis of relationships conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

25.02.2016 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1601-80)
Vital Statistics 2015: provisional results
Highest number of deaths since 1918

Neuchâtel, 25.02.2016 (FSO) - 2015 was characterised by a sharp increase in the number of deaths, and a fall in the number of births, marriages, registered partnerships and divorces. The same trends were observed at cantonal level. These are the provisional findings of the Vital Statistics from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

29.09.2015 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1509-10)
Population change in Switzerland in 2014
Net migration declined slightly in comparison with 2013

Neuchâtel, 29.09.2015 (FSO) - Switzerland's population grew by 1.2% in 2014. This growth is due to positive net migration, an increase in births and a decrease in deaths. All cantons were affected by this trend. The increase in the number of Swiss nationals continues to be mainly due to naturalisations. These are the final results of the population and households statistics from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

02.07.2015 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1505-90)
Natural population change 2014
More marriages, births and fewer divorces

Neuchâtel, 02.07.2015 (FSO) - The number of births and marriages increased in 2014. Registered partnerships also rose, especially between females. The number of divorces and deaths showed a decline. These are the definitive findings of the Vital Statistics for 2014 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

22.06.2015 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1506-10)
Population projections for Switzerland 2015-2045
Considerable ageing of the population over the next 30 years

Neuchâtel, 22.06.2015 (FSO) - The future development of the population will depend on Switzerland's socio-economic and political development. Based on hypotheses prepared with experts from the federal administration, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has calculated a new series of scenarios. If the hypotheses come true, the Swiss population will continue to increase during the next 30 years, growing from 8.2 million permanent residents at the end of 2014 to 10.2 million in 2045 according to the reference scenario. This increase will largely be due to migration and to a lesser extent due to a surplus of births over deaths. The ageing of the population will speed up and be considerable during this period.

23.04.2015 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1503-40)
Population size 2014: provisional figures
An increasingly growing and ageing population

Neuchâtel, 23.04.2015 (FSO) - At the end of 2014, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 8,236,600, i.e. an increase of 96,900 persons (+1.2%) compared with 2013. 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 4.1% compared with 2013. These are the provisional findings of the population and households statistics issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

24.03.2015 10:30  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1502-80)
Initial findings from the Families and Generations Survey 2013
Wish to have children remains popular

Neuchâtel, 24.03.2015 (FSO) - Almost two-thirds (63%) of childless women and men aged 20-29 would like to have two children. A quarter (28%) say that ideally, they would like three or more children. Women with a tertiary education are most likely to remain childless (30%). Since the 1990s it has become more acceptable for women with small children to go out to work. These are some of the initial findings from the Families and Generations Survey 2013 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

24.02.2015 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1501-70)
Provisional figures on natural population change 2014
Couples and children still the norm

Neuchâtel, 24.02.2015 (FSO) - The year 2014 was marked by an increase in the number of births, marriages and registered partnerships. The number of divorces and deaths decreased. These are the provisional findings of the Vital Statistics for 2014 from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

22.01.2015 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1500-30)
Population by migration status
One third of the population has a migration background

Neuchâtel, 22.01.2015 (FSO) - In 2013, 2.4 million of the 6.8 million people aged 15 or more living in Switzerland had a migration background. Four-fifths of them were born abroad; the remaining fifth were born in Switzerland but to parents who were born abroad. Over a third (35%) held a Swiss passport. This younger population is slowing down the ageing of the resident population in Switzerland. These results and others come from the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) study on the migration status of the permanent resident population.

29.09.2014 09:15  - FSO, Demography and Migration (0353-1408-80)
Population change in Switzerland 2013
Switzerland's population continues to grow

Neuchâtel, 29.09.2014 (OFS) - At the end of 2013, Switzerland's permanent resident population was 8,139,600, i.e. an increase of 100,600 persons (+1.3%) compared with 2012. The number of immigrations and emigrations is increasing. The increase in the number of Swiss nationals is mainly due to naturalisations. These are the final results of the population and households statistics (STATPOP) issued by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

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.

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