Current situation and change

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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 8 482.2
   Swiss nationals 6 357.0
   Foreign nationals 2 125.2
Youth dependency ratio (as a %) 32.5
Old-age dependency ratio (as a %) 29.6
Spatial distribution
   Urban core area ...
   Area influenced by urban cores ...
   Area beyond urban core influence                            ...
Population growth (as a %) 0.7
Swiss nationals abroad ...
  One-person households 1 242.4
  Family households with children 1 079.5
Average size of the private households (number of persons) 2.25
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)

2017: provisional annual figures
…= The figures are not available yet

Further information





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



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