The Swiss population is growing continuously and features high levels of immigration and emigration. People from rural areas are increasingly moving to urban centres.
More and more people now live in Switzerland. In the past 100 years, the population has more than doubled, with much of the increase due to immigration. The country has one of the highest proportions of foreign residents in Europe, at 25%. This further reinforces the multicultural character of Switzerland.
However, growing numbers of Swiss people are also moving abroad: over 10% of the Swiss population now live outside Switzerland. The majority of the Swiss population now live in cities and their surrounding areas.