Languages and religions

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Sprachen

Languages

The distribution of the national languages has seen moderate change over the past four decades.

Religionen

Religions

Over the past 40 years, the religious landscape in Switzerland has changed considerably.

At a glance

Languages

Main languages of the permanent resident population, 2018
  Frequency

Confidence interval

± (in%)

Percentage1

Confidence interval

± (in%)

German or Swiss German

5 199 645 0.2        62.2 0.1

French

1 912 135 0.3        22.9 0.1

Italian and  dialect from Ticino, italo-grison

    672 611 0.8          8.0 0.1

Romansh

44 354 4.1          0.5 0.0

English

483 138 1.2          5.8 0.1

Other languages

1 554 965 0.6        18.6 0.1
1) Total exceeds 100% because people could indicate more than one language. Sources: FSO, Structural survey

Religions

Religious affiliation of the permanent resident population aged 15 and older, in 2018
 

Frequency

Confidence interval

± ( in %)

Percentage

Confidence interval

± ( in %)

Roman Catholic

2 491 641

0.5

35.2

0.2

Protestant reformed churches

1 636 872

0.7

23.1

0.2

Christian Catholic Church (Old Catholic)

9 184

11.2

0.1

0.0

Other Christian communities

386 923

1.7

5.5

0.1

Jewish communities

16 275

8.0

0.2

0.0

Muslim and Islamic communities

372 318

1.8

5.3

0.1

Other religious communities

91 247

3.6

1.3

0.0

No religious affiliation

1 981 140

0.6

28.0

0.2

Religious affiliation unknown

98 467

3.2

1.4

0.0

Total

7 084 068

0.0

100.0

0.0

Sources: FSO, Structural survey

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CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
Switzerland

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