In 2017, the Swiss hotel industry recorded 37.4 million overnight stays, a level close to that of the record years of 1990 and 2008. Compared with 2016, this represents growth of 5.2% (+1.9 million). Foreign visitors registered 20.5 million overnight stays, a 6.1% increase (+1.2 million).
In 2017, almost half (49%) of the about 2.1 million rented dwellings in Switzerland were owned by private individuals. However, there are regional differences: in Ticino 71% of rented dwellings were owned by private individuals while in the Lake Geneva region this share was 41%.
In 2015, 90.9% of young people in Switzerland had obtained an upper secondary level qualification by the age of 25. Regardless of the region considered, qualification rates in the cities were comparatively low.
In 2017, there were over 6 million motorised road vehicles in Switzerland for the first time: With around 6 053 000 units, the total stock exceeded the previous year’s value by 1.2% or 73 000 vehicles. Among the new registrations, diesel-powered cars recorded a decrease of 9% compared with the previous year.
The Swiss Consumer Price Index basket is newly weighted every year. This takes into consideration the changing consumption habits of private households. The new weights of the 2018 basket are based on the results of the 2016 Household Budget Survey.
The structural survey is a component of the Population Census and complements information obtained from registers with additional statistics on the structure of the population. In this survey, part of the population fill in a written questionnaire.