Construction and housing

What's new?

In focus

Energy characteristics of residential buildings

The energy data are now incorporated into the 2021
buildings and housing statistics.

Home moves

These new statistics provide information on the Swiss population's behaviour with regard to moving home.

Construction plays an essential part in the economy and in ensuring that fundamental human needs are met. At the same time, building systems are becoming ever more complex. To have control of the built environment and to make sure that it is safe and meets people's needs, reliable statistics are necessary. We currently have access to reliable basic data on certain aspects of construction, for example the number of dwellings and construction activity.

Overview:

Construction and housing - key figures

Residential buildings (2021)

1,774,161

New buildings with dwellings (2020)

10,635

Total number of dwellings (2021)

4,688,288

Newly built dwellings (2020)

49,314

Empty dwellings rate (2022)

1.31%

Average surface area per occupied dwelling (2021)

102.4 m2

Living space per occupant (2021)

46.6 m2
Occupants per dwelling (2021) 2.2
Occupants per room (2021) 0.59
Mover rate (2021) 10.1%
Average rent (2020) 1) 1,373 CHF
Home ownership rate (2020) 2) 36.2%
Buildings by type of owner (2021)
    -  Individuals
    -  Legal person
    -  Community
    -  Mixed
    -  Not known


67.2%
11.7%
14.4%
5.5%
1.2%

Buildings by energy source for heating (2021)
     - Heating oil
     - Gas
     - Heat pump
     - Wood
     - Electricity
     - District heating
     - Other sources

40,7%
17,6%
17,0%
11,8%
8,0%
3,6%
1,2%
1) Confidence interval: ± 3 CHF
2) Confidence interval: ± 0.2 percentage points

Source: FSO - Buildings and dwellings statistics, Structural survey, Empty dwellings census, Housing construction statistics.

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Contact

Federal Statistical Office Sections Population and Economic Surveys
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

 

Buildings and Dwellings statistic 

info.gws@bfs.admin.ch

Construction and Empty dwellings census

info.bau@bfs.admin.ch

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