Sex

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

Permanent resident population by sex and nationality
  2021 2022 2023
Total 8 738 791  8 815 385 8 960 817
   Male 4 338 203  4 379 953 4 450 823
   Female 4 400 588  4 435 432 4 509 994
Swiss male 3 154 595  3 168 225 3 181 889
Swiss female 3 340 015  3 351 137 3 362 526
Foreign male 1 183 608  1 211 728 1 268 934
Foreign female 1 060 573  1 084 295 1 147 468
2023: 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 1177 620 557
2023 713 332 381
2023: provisional annual figures
Source: FSO - Vital Statistics

Sex ratio

The slight surplus of boys among children is largely due to the higher number of male births; around 106 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 2022.

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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
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