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)
  2020 2021 2022
Total 2 210.8 2 244.2 2 296.0
EU/EFTA 1 418.4  1 441.2 1 478.6

   Germany

309.5 311.3 316.0

   France

145.5 151.0 157.0

   Italy

325.3 328.3 332.7

   Austria

44.3 44.9 46.0

   Portugal

257.7 255.2 253.6

   Spain

86.2 88.4 91.4
Rest of Europe 413.6 413.8 414.8

   Kosovo

113.7 114.8 115.3

   North Macedonia

67.7 68.6 69.2

   Türkiye

68.0 68.8 70.3
Africa 113.6 116.2 118.9
The Americas 83.6 85.7 88.0
Asia 175.0 180.8 189.1
Oceania 4.2 4.1 4.3
Stateless, nationality unknown 2.5 2.4 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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