Swiss nationals living abroad

Image of people celebrating the Swiss national holiday abroad
Celebrating the Swiss national holiday in the UK in 2012. © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

According to the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad compiled by the Federal Statistical Office, in 2017 around 752,000 Swiss citizens were registered with Swiss representations abroad. The Swiss community abroad has grown in recent years. If it were a canton it would be Switzerland's fourth largest in terms of population.

Services

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

Detailed information can be found on the French page.

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