Construction and housing

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Bau- und Wohnungswesen 2016

Construction and housing

This publication presents findings from the annual housing construction statistics, the buildings and dwellings statistics and the empty dwellings census (This publication is only available in French and German).

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Home ownership rate

Swiss households tend to rent rather than own. The home ownership rate has been rising steadily since 1970.

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 (2016)

1,730,415

New buildings with dwellings (2016)

12'701

Total number of dwellings (2016)

4,420,829

Newly built dwellings (2016)

             52'034

Empty dwellings rate (2018)

1.62%

Average surface area per dwelling (2016)

99 m2

Living space per occupant (2016)

45 m2

Average rent (2016) 1)

1,322 CHF

Occupants per dwelling (2016)

2.2

Occupants per room (2016)

0.60

Home ownership rate (2016) 2)

38.2%
1) Confidence interval: ± CHF 3
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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Statistical sources and concepts

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 et Empty dwellings census

info.bau@bfs.admin.ch

Remark

Our English pages offer only a limited range of information on our statistical production. For our full range please consult our pages in French and German (top right hand screen).

https://www.bfs.admin.ch/content/bfs/en/home/statistics/construction-housing.html