Territory and environment

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Land use, land cover

Information on Swiss land use statistics 

Environmental information

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The main figures

41 285 km2
   Forest and woods 2004/2009 31%
   Farmland 2004/2009 23%
   Alpine farmland 2004/2009 12%
   Settlement and urban areas 2004/2009 8%
      Sealed surface area 2004/2009 5%
   Lakes and watercourses 2004/2009 4%
   Other natural space 2004/2009 21%
Daily consumption of drinking water 2019 295 l/person
Raw material consumption (RMC) 2019 17 t/person
Municipal waste 2019 706 kg/person
   Share of separately collected municipal waste 2019 53%
Greenhouse gas footprint 2018 13 t eq. CO2/person
Number of known plant, fungal or animal species in Switzerland 1994/2018 approx. 46 000 species
   Number of evaluated species 1994/2018 10 711 species
   Share of endangered species (Red lists) 1994/2018 35%
Environmentally related taxes revenue 2019 CHF 10.1 billion
Employees of the environmental sector in full time equivalents 2019 149 400
National expenditure on environmental protection 2019 CHF 12.8 billion
Environmental subsidies and other transfers 2019 CHF 2.5 billion

Further information


Press releases

On this topic

Environmental accounting

Economic information on the environment and environmental information on the economy


Federal Statistical Office Section Environment, Sustainable Development, Territory
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



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