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 2017, 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, 2017
  absolute as %
1,738,218 100,0
Zurich  224,682 12.9
Bern  234,785 13.5
Lucerne  69,039 4.0
Uri  9,881 0.6
Schwytz  31,974 1.8
Obwalden  9,169 0.5
Nidwalden  7,816 0.4
Glarus  13,894 0.8
Zug  16,368 0.9
Fribourg  70,754 4.0
Solothurn  68,662 4.0
Basel-Stadt  23,542 1.4
Basel-Landschaft  66,077 3.8
Schaffhausen  18,864 1.1
Appenzell Ausserrhoden  16,164 0.9
Appenzell Innerrhoden  5,216 0.3
St. Gallen  113,054 6.5
Graubünden  69,203 3.9
Aargau  150,550 8.7
Thurgau  64,688 3.7
Ticino  111,307 6.4
Vaud  133,593 7.7
Valais  111,365 6.4
Neuchâtel  30,992 1.8
Geneva  43,881 2.5
Jura  22,698 1.3
Source: FSO Building and dwelling statistics

In 1990, the housing stock in Switzerland comprised 1.3 million residential buildings. In 2017, 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).

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