Buildings

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

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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

At the end of 2016, the housing stock in Switzerland comprised 1.7 million residential buildings. Half of all buildings are situated in the five most population cantons, i.e. Bern, Zurich, Aargau, Vaud and St.Gallen.

Residential buildings in the cantons, 2016
  absolute as %
         1,730,415 100,0
Zurich             223,936 12.9
Bern             234,196 13.5
Lucerne               68,929 4.0
Uri                 9,809 0.6
Schwytz               31,940 1.8
Obwalden                 9,160 0.5
Nidwalden                 7,786 0.4
Glarus               13,964 0.8
Zug               16,382 0.9
Fribourg               70,059 4.0
Solothurn               68,377 4.0
Basel-Stadt               23,543 1.4
Basel-Landschaft               65,851 3.8
Schaffhausen               18,752 1.1
Appenzell Ausserrhoden               16,142 0.9
Appenzell Innerrhoden                 5,213 0.3
St. Gallen             112,941 6.5
Graubünden               68,159 3.9
Aargau             149,722 8.7
Thurgau               64,185 3.7
Ticino             110,583 6.4
Vaud             132,909 7.7
Valais             110,680 6.4
Neuchâtel               31,002 1.8
Geneva               43,528 2.5
Jura               22,667 1.3
Source: FSO Building and dwelling statistics

In 1990, the housing stock in Switzerland comprised 1.3 million residential buildings. In 2016, this had increased by roughly 30%.

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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).

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