Dwellings

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Rented dwellings

The majority of households in Switzerland are renters.

Home ownership rate

The home ownership rate has been rising steadily since 1970.

Overview

One of the aspects of the buildings and dwellings statistics (StatBL) is to quantify the Swiss housing stock and to analyse it according to certain characteristics such as the number of rooms or surface area. It is an exhaustive survey, based on the Federal register of buildings and dwellings. All dwellings are included, regardless of use.

The analysis of housing conditions is another aspect of the StatBL, whose data are partly drawn from a sample (structural population survey), and partly from a register-based survey.

Dwellings in Switzerland

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Dwellings by number of rooms and surface area
  2000   2010   2018
3,569,181 4,079,060 4,528,902
1 room 6.8% 6.4%   6.4%
2 rooms 14.1% 13.7%   14.4%
3 rooms 27.4% 26.4%   26.9%
4 rooms 26.9% 27.7%   27.6%
5 rooms 14.7% 15.3%   15.2%
6 rooms and more 10.2% 10.5%   9.6%
82.3%* 100.0%   100.0%
less than 60 m2 15.3% 17.4%   17.8%
60-119 m2 46.2% 55.8%   54.3%
120 m2 and over 20.8% 26.7%   27.9%
* missing data have not been accounted Sources: FSO - Federal Population Census, Buildings and dwellings statistics

In 2018, the Swiss housing stock comprised 4.5 million dwellings. Half of them were situated in the five most populated cantons, i.e. Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Aargau and St.Gallen.

Dwellings by canton, 2018
  absolute as %
4,528,902   100.0
Zurich 747,453   16.5
Bern 569,015   12.6
Lucerne 198,731   4.4
Uri 20,046   0.4
Schwytz 79,038   1.8
Obwalden 21,569   0.5
Nidwalden 21,967   0.5
Glarus 22,877   0.5
Zug 58,790   1.3
Fribourg 151,237   3.3
Solothurn 137,518   3.0
Basel-Stadt 110,651   2.4
Basel-Landschaft 141,125   3.1
Schaffhausen 42,470   0.9
Appenzell Ausserrhoden 29,105   0.6
Appenzell Innerrhoden 8,060   0.2
St. Gallen 257,740   5.7
Graubünden 174,005   3.8
Aargau 323,963   7.2
Thurgau 134,844   3.0
Ticino 241,607   5.3
Vaud 411,525   9.1
Valais 256,924   5.7
Neuchâtel 95,402   2.1
Geneva 234,711   5.2
Jura 38,529   0.9
Source: FSO Buildings and dwellings statistics

In 1990, the Swiss housing stock comprised 3.2 million dwellings. In 2018, it was more than 40% larger.

Marked differences can be observed regarding the construction period of dwellings and of the buildings in which they are located.

In Switzerland, in 2018, almost one dwelling in four was located in a single-family house and almost one in three dwellings in a large multi-family house with at least seven dwellings.

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