Religion – facts and figures

Switzerland is a Christian country. Around two-thirds of the population are either Roman Catholic or Protestant (Reformed-Evangelical).

View of the House of Religions in Bern
In the House of Religions in Bern, eight religious communities live together under one roof. © Stefan Maurer

  • Freedom of religion is a basic constitutional right in Switzerland.
  • 38.2% of the Swiss population are Roman Catholic.
  • 26.9% of the Swiss population belong to the mainstream Protestant church.
  • 4.9% of the Swiss population are Muslim, most of whom originate from the Balkans and Turkey.
  • 0.3% of the Swiss population are Jewish. There are Jewish communities in over two dozen Swiss towns. The cities of Geneva and Zurich are home to Switzerland’s largest Jewish communities.
  • 21.4% of the population have no religious affiliation, compared to only 1.2% in 1970.
  • Many of Switzerland's festivals, customs and local traditions have their roots in religion.