Private households by type

Definitions

Household:
Group of people that generally live together, i.e. sharing the same dwelling. A distinction is made between private households (which may also comprise only one person) and collective households.

Private household:
Person living alone or several persons living in the same dwelling. A distinction is made between single-person households and households with several persons. Among the latter, a distinction is made between family households that are divided into single or multiple family households or non-family households.

Family household:
Private household that is a nuclear family comprised of at least a couple (married or not) with or without child(ren), or of a single parent with at least one child. A family household can also include people other than those who belong to the nuclear family/families.

Child:
Permanent resident population aged under 25 in private households, whose position in the household is that of a child.

The calculation method is based on two different approaches:
a) the household approach: household type(s) / Total number of households
b) the individual approach: Number of people living in type X households / Total number of persons.

A household’s migration status is established as follows:
The household has no migration background if neither the father nor mother alone, nor both members of a couple (with or without child(ren)) nor any person in a non-family household or other type of household has a migration background. The household has a migration background if the father or mother, or both members of a couple (with or without child(ren)) or all people in a non-family household or other type of household have a migration background. The household has a mixed migration background if one of the two members of a couple (with or without child(ren)) or at least one of the persons in a non-family household or other type of household has a migration background and the other(s) does/do not. Note: A household comprising a single father or single mother cannot be a household with mixed (migration/no migration) background.

A household’s nationality is established as follows:
The household has Swiss nationality if the father or mother or both members of a couple (with or without child(ren)) or all people in a non-family household or other type of household are Swiss nationals. The household has foreign nationality if the father or mother or both members of a couple (with or without child(ren)) or all people in a non-family household or other type of household are foreign nationals. The household is of Swiss-foreign nationality if one of the two members of a couple (with or without child(ren)) or at least one of the people in a non-family household or other type of household is a foreign national and the other(s) Swiss.

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Some 68 indicators describe the current situation and changes in the integration of the population with a migration background and/or of foreign nationals in Switzerland in eleven areas of life in our society.

Key indicators

34 key indicators provide an overview of the progress made on the journey towards integration and the state of integration of the population with a migration background. If this information is lacking, the population is shown by nationality, and where this variable is available, the country of birth.

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