Foreign population

Anyone residing in Switzerland at a given time, but who does not have Swiss nationality is defined as a foreign national. The permanent foreign resident population is the reference population in population statistics. It includes all foreign nationals who hold a residence permit for a minimum duration of 12 months or who have resided in Switzerland for 12 months (Permit B/C/L/F or FDFA permit - international civil servants, diplomats and members of their family).

The majority of foreigners residing permanently in Switzerland are European and mainly come from EU/EFTA member states. Italian, German, Portuguese and French nationals comprise the majority of foreigners from an EU/EFTA member state, as well as of all foreigners residing permanently in Switzerland.

Permanent foreign resident population by nationality (at end of year, in thousand)
  2018 2019 2020
Total 2 148.3 2 175.4 2 210.8
EU28/EFTA 1 374.5 1 392.6 1 418.4

   Germany

306.2 307.4 309.5

   France

134.8 138.9 145.5

   Italy

319.3 321.3 325.3

   Austria

43.0 43.7 44.3

   Portugal

263.3 260.1 257.7

   Spain

83.7 84.4 86.2
Rest of Europe 411.6 411.7 413.6

   Kosovo

111.8 112.8 113.7

   North Macedonia

66.6. 67.1 67.7

   Turkey

67.8 67.7 68.0
Africa 109.5 111.6 113.6
The Americas 81.0 81.9 83.6
Asia 165.1 170.9 175.0
Oceania 4.1 4.1 4.2
Stateless, nationality unknown 2.4 2.4 2.5
Source: FSO – STATPOP

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Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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