Sex

The permanent resident population of Switzerland comprises slightly more women than men.

Permanent resident population by sex and nationality
  2020 2021 2022
Total 8 670 300  8 738 791  8 812 728
   Male 4 302 599  4 338 203  4 378 585
   Female 4 367 701  4 400 588  4 434 143
Swiss male 3 135 662  3 154 595  3 167 598
Swiss female 3 323 850  3 340 015  3 350 492
Foreign male 1 166 937  1 183 608  1 210 987
Foreign female 1 043 851  1 060 573  1 083 651
2022: provisional annual figures
Source : FSO - STATPOP

Gender change in the civil register 

From 1 January 2022, people can request changes to information regarding their gender and first name in the civil register. Changing gender information does not affect relationships governed by family law (marriage, registered same-sex partnership, kinship or line of descent).

Gender change
  Total Women to men Men to women
2022 1172 616 555
Source: FSO - Vital Statistics

Sex ratio

The slight surplus of boys among children is largely due to the higher number of male births; around 105 newborn boys for every 100 girls. Boys, like men, however, have higher mortality at all ages. This higher mortality rate is offset among 20 to 64 year-olds by migration, as more men than women immigrate. After the age of 60, women greatly outnumber men due to their longer life expectancy. The interaction of these various factors means that there are slightly more women than men. The sex ratio in Switzerland was thus 99 men for 100 women in 2021.

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