Composition of the foreign population

The permanent foreign resident population is the reference population in population statistics.  The majority of foreigners residing permanently in Switzerland are European and mainly come from EU/EFTA member states.

Permanent foreign resident population by nationality (at end of year, in thousand)
  2019 2020 2021
Total 2 175.4 2 210.8 2 244.2
EU28/EFTA 1 392.6 1 418.4  1 441.2

   Germany

307.4 309.5 311.3

   France

138.9 145.5 151.0

   Italy

321.3 325.3 328.3

   Austria

43.7 44.3 44.9

   Portugal

260.1 257.7 255.2

   Spain

84.4 86.2 88.4
Rest of Europe 411.7 413.6 413.8

   Kosovo

112.8 113.7 114.8

   North Macedonia

67.1 67.7 68.6

   Turkey

67.7 68.0 68.8
Africa 111.6 113.6 116.2
The Americas 81.9 83.6 85.7
Asia 170.9 175.0 180.8
Oceania 4.1 4.2 4.1
Stateless, nationality unknown 2.4 2.5 2.4
Source: FSO – STATPOP

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.

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