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 thousands
  2015 2016 2017
Total 2 048.7 2 101.1 2 126.4
EU28/EFTA 1 361.6 1 387.0 1 401.1

   Germany

300.7 303.5 304.6

   France

123.0 127.0 131.1

   Italy

311.7 316.5 317.3

   Austria

41.1 41.9 42.5

   Portugal

267.5 268.7 266.6

   Spain

82.3 83.3 83.3
Rest of Europe 371.6 372.0 371.1

   Serbia

71.3 68.8 66.9

   Montenegro

2.5 2.6 2.6

   Turkey

69.2 68.7 68.2
Africa 93.8 103.0 107.5
America 78.8 78.8 79.8
Asia 136.8 154.0 160.5
Oceania 4.2 4.2 4.2
Stateless, nationality unknown 1.8 2.2 2.3
Sources: FSO, STATPOP

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Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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