Survey on diversity and coexistence in Switzerland


The presence of many social groups and a variety of affiliations is a feature of life in Switzerland.

born abroad about 3 persons out of 10
with a migration background about 4 persons out of 10
more than 190
main religious communities more than 10
national languages 4
non-national languages widely spoken 10


The survey aims to present an accurate picture of the issues raised by the coexistence of different groups currently living in the country. It allows monitoring of trends in society in several areas such as racism, discrimination and integration. It provides answers to the following questions:

  • Is racism a serious problem in Switzerland?
  • Are migrants well-integrated?
  • How is the presence of foreigners perceived?   
  • Do prejudices against certain groups exist?  
  • Which groups are victims of discrimination?


The data collected are used to observe social change and help to guide policies on integration and anti-discrimination.

Data and collected variables

For in-depth analysis, data from the survey are available upon request. The collected variables are presented in dynamic trees below: one presents the thematic variables and the other the sociodemographic variables (SHAPE) harmonized with other FSO surveys.



The findings help to feel the pulse of multicultural coexistence in Switzerland, revealing the attitudes and perceptions of its population. Figures for seven key areas provide information on diversity, racism and integration.


Service for Combating Racism

The Service for Combating Racism systematically monitors and analyses the situation of social cohesion in Switzerland. It regularly reports on racist discrimination and the fight against it.

Further information

Fact sheets

Documentation on survey

Data order


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



Our English pages offer only a limited range of information on our statistical production. For our full range please consult our pages in French and German (top right hand screen).