Acquisition of Swiss citizenship

An acquisition of Swiss citizenship is when a foreign national obtains a Swiss passport. This person is henceforth included in the population statistics of Swiss nationals. There are five ways of acquiring Swiss citizenship:

  1. Standard naturalisation
  2. Simplified naturalisation
  3. Reintegration
  4. Ascertainment of Swiss citizenship
  5. Adoption of a minor child
Acquisition of Swiss citizenship, in thousand
  2017 2018 2019
Total
44.9 42.5

41.1

   Male 21.5 20.2

19.8

   Female 23.4 22.2

21.3

From:      

   Europe

35.7 33.6

32.9

   UE-28/EFTA

25.2 23.5

22.8

   Africa

2.9 2.7

2.7

   America

2.6 2.5

2.2

   Asia

3.6 3.5

3.2

Way of acquiring      

   Standard naturalisation

35.4 33.3

34.6

   Simplified naturalisation

9.4 9.0

6.3

Source: FSO – STATPOP

Changes in the law on the acquisition of Swiss citizenship (1978, 1992) have an influence on the annual number of Swiss citizenship acquisitions. These naturalisations concern foreigners who have lived for a long time in Switzerland, who grew up in this country or who married a Swiss citizen.

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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
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