Confederation R&D expenditure and personnel

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10% rise in Confederation's research and development expenditure in 2023

In 2023, the Confederation spent CHF 2.6 billion undertaking or in support of research and development activities. Compared with the previous year, this represents an increase of CHF 245 million (+10%). This trend is largely due to an increase in payments made to researchers in Switzerland.

Vital statistics

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Decline in births, deaths, marriages and divorces in 2023

2023 was characterised by a downturn in live births and deaths. The average number of children per woman was the lowest ever recorded (1.33). Life expectancy increased to a level higher than that observed before the pandemic. The number of marriages and divorces also fell between 2022 and 2023.

Gender equality

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Different aspects of life at a glance

This web publication provides statistical insights into the current situation and developments in gender equality. The situation of women and men living in Switzerland is illustrated on the basis of various spheres of life: education, science and research, employment, balancing work and family, unpaid work, wages, pensions, poverty, health, violence, politics, the digital world and attitudes. 

Supplementary accommodation

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Supplementary accommodation with 0.9% growth in 2023

Supplementary accommodation recorded 17.6 million overnight stays in 2023. In comparison with the preceding year, this represents an increase of 0.9%. Demand from foreign visitors increased by 10.3% to 5.6 million. In contrast, the number of overnight stays by domestic guests fell to 12.0 million (–3.0%).

Criminal judgments of minors and adult convictions

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Convictions increased for minors and decreased for adults

In 2023, 23 080 judgments of minors were pronounced – an increase of 11% compared with 2022. Judgments for offences under the Criminal Code rose by 5%, continuing an upward trend that began in 2015. For adults, the criminal records registered 102 822 convictions for an offence or crime, declining slightly compared with 2022.

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Special coverage

National or international news stories may at times increase the need for certain statistical data. Our current affairs pages help you get quickly to the relevant statistical data.

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Multi-annual programme

The multi-annual programme for federal statistics defines the objectives and priorities of federal statistics for the current legislative period.

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Experimental statistics

Experimental statistics are produced using new methods and/or new data sources.

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Open Government Data

The FSO’s Open Government Data unit is responsible for implementing the Swiss OGD strategy in close cooperation with the Department of Home Affairs.

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Statistics counts

The "Statistics counts" website highlights the importance of statistics for all stakeholders in society.

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Unlocking the power of data initiative

This project aims to contribute to advancing data ecosystems to provide the information needed for an fact-based worldview.

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Peer Review 2023

The European statistics authority Eurostat has published a peer review report on its country examination of Switzerland in the area of public statistics. 

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Annual report 2023

The FSO's annual report provides an overview of the work accomplished last year.

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Special coverage

National or international news stories may at times increase the need for certain statistical data. Our current affairs pages help you get quickly to the relevant statistical data.

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Statistical Yearbook

The Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) longest standing publication, the Statistical Yearbook, appears with a completely new look. The FSO presents a modern portrait of Switzerland in just over 400 pages.

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