Housing conditions

The analysis of housing conditions shows how dwellings are occupied by private households. The analysis takes into account the type of occupant (tenant / owner), the occupant density by room and by dwelling, as well as the average per capita living space. These indicators are examined from various aspects: household characteristics, buildings and dwellings.

Housing conditions

Switzerland is a country of tenants. At the end of 2017, there were 2.2 million tenant households and 1.4 owner-occupier households.

Occupancy status since 1980
  1980 1990 2000 2017 IC*

Occupied dwellings

2,391,691 2,800,953 3,027,829 3,715,931 0,1

Rented dwellings

1,601,196 1,861,704 1,929,448 2,204,937 0,4

Owner-occupied dwellings

720,137 877,892 1,047,447 1,413,352 0,5

Other situation1)

70,358 61,357 50,934 97,643 2,7
1) Other situation: dwelling provided free of charge by relative or employer, employee accommodation (e.g. caretaker dwelling), lease.
*Confidence interval 2017: ± (in %)
Sources: FS0 - Federal population census, structural survey

Occupant density per room (average number of occupants per room) and the number of persons in the dwelling (average number of persons per dwelling) are two additional indicators for housing conditions.

Occupant density was 0.60 persons per room in 2017.

Occupant density by room since 1970

 

1970

1980

1990

2000

2017

Occupants per room

0.79

0.70

0.63

0.59

0.60

Sources: FSO - Federal Population Census, Buildings and dwellings statistics

In 2017, there was an average of 2,2 persons per dwelling. In 1970 this figure was 2,9.

Occupant density by dwelling since 1970

 

1970

1980

1990

2000

2017

Occupants per dwelling

2.9

2.5

2.4

2.3

2.2

Sources: FSO - Federal Population Census, Buildings and dwellings statistics

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Espace de l’Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

info.gws@bfs.admin.ch

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