People

Swiss population – facts and figures

The main driver of demographic growth in Switzerland over the last few decades has been migration. At the same time, Swiss towns and cities have seen an influx of people from rural parts of the country.

Town and country

Switzerland’s population is predominantly urban, with three-quarters living in towns and cities.

Resident foreign population

A little under one-quarter of Switzerland's resident population are foreigners. Their presence has contributed to the country’s rich cultural diversity.

Swiss abroad

One in 10 Swiss nationals lives abroad.