Current situation and change

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Stand und Entwicklung der Bevölkerung

Current situation and change

The population of Switzerland has more than doubled since 1900: it has grown from 3.3 million to 8.5 million inhabitants today. Population growth peaked between 1961 and 1963 with annual average growth rates of over 2.4%. In 2017, the growth rate was significantly lower than during the 2007 to 2016 period and fell below the threshold of 1%.

At a glance

Key figures

Key population and private household figures
Total 8 484.1
   Swiss nationals 6 357.7
   Foreign nationals 2 126.4
Youth dependency ratio (as a %) 32.5
Old-age dependency ratio (as a %) 29.6
Spatial distribution
   Urban core area 5 339.0
   Area influenced by urban cores 1 852.2
   Area beyond urban core influence                            1 292.9
Population growth (as a %) 0.8
Swiss nationals abroad 751.8
  One-person households 1 320.2
  Family households with children 1 268.0
Average size of the private households (number of persons) 2.23
Youth dependency ratio = the number of 0-19 year-olds in relation to the working age population (20-64 year-olds)

Old-age dependency ratio = the number of people aged 65 and over in relation to the working age population (20-64 year-olds)

Sources: FSO, STATPOP, SS, SE-Stat

Further information





Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



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