Population

The permanent resident population is the reference population for population statistics.

As of 2010, the permanent resident population includes:
• all Swiss nationals having their main place of residence in Switzerland;
• foreign nationals who have held a residence or permanent residence permit for a minimum of 12 months (permits B,C, L, F or N or FDFA permit-holding international civil servants, diplomats and their family members).

This definition corresponds to the international recommendations for population statistics. The obtained data can be used in the compilation of statistics on the Swiss and foreign resident population.

The population evolves due to certain demographic movements (births, immigrations, deaths and emigrations).

Key figures

Key population figures
  2018

Permanent resident population at the end of the year (in 1000s)

8 544.5

   Men (as a %)

49.6

   Women (as a %)

50.4

Age groups (as a %)

 

   0-19 years

20.0

   20-39 years

26.5

   40-64 years

35.0

   65 years or older

18.5

Average age

42.4

Foreign nationals (as a %)

25.1

Population growth (as a %)

0.7

Number of children per woman

1.5

Life expectancy at birth (years)

 

   Men

81.7

   Women

85.4

Permanent resident population in thousand

2045

   Reference scenario A-00-2045

10 176.1

   High scenario B-00 2015

11 032.5

   Low scenario C-00-2045

9 352.1
Sources: FSO – STATPOP, SCENARIO, BEVNAT

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

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