Educational institutions

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Teaser 15.05 - Schulinstitution (SBI)

There are some 10 400 public and private educational institutions in Switzerland.

Teaser 15 - Public private

Public sector schools account for the majority of schools in compulsory education. The private sector share makes up 43% at upper secondary level and almost 60% at tertiary level.

At a glance

The educational institutions statistics include schools from primary level 1-2 (kindergarten/first learning cycle years 1-2) to tertiary level.

As school is considered any educational site attended by pupils/students. In the statistic of the educational institutions, schools offering a teaching programme over several educational levels are counted for each level. This means that double counting is possible.

Educational institutions, 2016-17
Educational level Total Private sector2 %
Primary level 1-21 5 414 6.3
Primary level 3-8 and lower secondary level 6 120 12.2
Upper secondary level  842 42.9
Tertiary level (professional education and training (PET) and higher education institutions)  402 60.2
1) Kindergarten, first learning cycle years 1-2
2) Government dependent private and independent private educational institutions
Source: FSO - Educational institutions statistics (SBI)
Updated: March 2018

Further information






Federal Statistical Office Section Educational Processes
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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
+41 58 463 68 32



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