Diversity and coexistence

What are the issues raised by the coexistence of different groups currently living in Switzerland? Detailed figures for seven key areas provide information on questions of diversity, discrimination, racism and integration.


The Swiss population comprises many social groups and people from a variety of backgrounds. In the country we count:

  • about 3 persons out of 10 born abroad
  • about 4 persons out of 10 with a migration background
  • more than 190 nationalities
  • more than 10 main religious communities
  • 4 national languages
  • 10 non-national languages widely spoken

73% of the population frequently face diversity - i.e. people with a different nationality, religion or skin colour - in at least one area of their life. At work, 58% of the population say they are in contact with people of different backgrounds. In friendships, 36% do so.

Areas Proportion with contact, 2022 CI
Work 58% 1.9
Neighbourhood 45% 1.9
Friends 36.5% 1.8
Leisure 33% 1.8
Family 23% 1.6
Total 73% 1.7

At a glance

Switzerland's population is generally open to diversity. Depending on the areas analysed and the indicators, the degree of openness varies.

The survey

For more information on the objectives of the survey, the collected variables and the data, see the survey webpage.

Further information


Press releases

Fact sheets



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