Buildings

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Building categories

More than half of all residential buildings are single-family houses.

GEOSTAT

Data from the buildings and dwellings statistics are also available in hectometre resolution (only available in French and German).

At a glance

One of the aims of the buildings and dwellings statistics is to quantify and analyse the stock of residential buildings on an annual basis. Characteristics such as the number of storeys, the period of construction and heating data are collected. It is an exhaustive survey, made on the basis of the federal buildings and dwellings register, but it only covers residential buildings.

Buildings in Switzerland

Légende

At the end of 2019, the housing stock in Switzerland comprised 1.8 million residential buildings. Half of all buildings are situated in the five most population cantons, i.e. Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Aargau and St.Gallen.

Residential buildings in the cantons, 2019
  absolute as %
1,756,927   100.0
Zurich 226,377   12.9
Bern 236,543   13.5
Lucerne 69,726   4.0
Uri 9,974   0.6
Schwytz 32,242   1.8
Obwalden 9,258   0.5
Nidwalden 7,850   0.5
Glarus 13,957   0.8
Zug 16,436   0.9
Fribourg 72,160   4.1
Solothurn 69,576   4.0
Basel-Stadt 23,615   1.3
Basel-Landschaft 66,776   3.8
Schaffhausen 19,123   1.1
Appenzell Ausserrhoden 16,231   0.9
Appenzell Innerrhoden 5,246   0.3
St. Gallen 113,425   6.5
Graubünden 70,503   4.0
Aargau 152,412   8.7
Thurgau 65,601   3.7
Ticino 112,085   6.4
Vaud 135,375   7.7
Valais 113,932   6.5
Neuchâtel 31,047   1.8
Geneva 44,516   2.5
Jura 22,941   1.3
Source: FSO Buildings and dwellings statistics

In 1990, the housing stock in Switzerland comprised 1.3 million residential buildings. In 2019, this had increased by roughly a third.

Further information

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Statistical sources and concepts

Contact

Federal statistical office Section Population
Espace de l’Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland
Tel.
+41 58 467 25 25

Monday to Friday
09.00–11.30 and 14.00–16.00

info.gws@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/buildings.html