Swiss nationals living abroad

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Celebrating the Swiss national holiday in the UK in 2012. © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

According to FDFA's Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, at the end of 2016 there were 774,923 Swiss citizens living abroad who were registered with a Swiss representation. France, with over 200,000 resident Swiss nationals, was the country with the largest Swiss expatriate community, followed by Germany, the US and Italy. Overall, the number of Swiss nationals resident abroad grew by 21,784 in 2016, i.e. a 2.9% increase. This percentage is above the level of growth for previous years, which stood at around 2%. 73.5% of Swiss citizens living abroad held dual nationality.


Contact the responsible Swiss representation for identity papers, civil status, registration and deregistration, matters of civil status, etc...

Political rights

Information for the Swiss Abroad on the conditions to participate in popular votes at federal level and in elections to the National Council

ASO Summer courses in Switzerland for young Swiss abroad

Summer Programs for young Swiss in Canada:

The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad gives the opportunity to young Swiss living abroad to get to know their home country. Participation in our holiday and training offers will forge friendships and strengthen their ties with Switzerland.

In our offers for young Swiss Abroad, the participants are sure to get an exciting experience at reasonable prices. They get to know the country, the people and make friends with other young Swiss of their own age from all over the world.

Program highlights include:

Leisure and discovery Camps

La Punt: Canton Grisons





Education offers/language courses

German Zürich/Baden

French Biel/Fribourg





Political seminars


10.11.-16.11.2014 (Youth Parliament Session)

For further information and application material see: Organisation of the Swiss Abroad and Swiss Community

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Alongside various Swiss associations abroad, the OSA promotes relations among Swiss nationals and between the latter and their home country. It represents their interests in Switzerland, publishes the periodical «Swiss Review» and provides a broad range of services (e.g. youth exchange programmes, emergency assistance fund).

Organisation of the Swiss Abroad