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Stand und Entwicklung der Bevölkerung

Current situation and change

The population of Switzerland has more than doubled since 1900: it has grown from 3.3 million to 8.7 million inhabitants today.  



There are about 3.9 million private households in Switzerland. One-person households make up the largest group, accounting for more than one-third, followed by couples without children and couples with children.

At a glance

Key population figures, in thousand


8 738.8

   Swiss nationals

6 494.6

   Foreign nationals

2 244.2
   Male  4 338.2
   Female 4 400.6
Age groups
   0-19 years 1 742.9
   20-39 years 2 282.7
   40-64 years 3 051.9
   65-79 years 1 189.3
   80 years or older 472.0

Avarage age (in years)   


Population growth (as a %) 0.8
The permanent resident population is the reference population for population statistics. As of 2010, the permanent resident population includes all Swiss nationals having their main place of residence in Switzerland and foreign nationals who have held a residence or permanent residence permit for a minimum of 12 months (permits B,C, L, F or N or FDFA permit-holding international civil servants, diplomats and their family members). Sources: FSO – STATPOP

Further information





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



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