Statistics on the Swiss Abroad

In 2018, the Federal Statistical Office assumed responsibility for the production of the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, which had until then been compiled by the FDFA. The statistics are available on the webpages of the FSO and can be accessed easily and individually via an interactive table.


Around 11% of the Swiss population lives abroad. Of the 751,800 Swiss nationals who were residing abroad at the end of 2017, 62% were living in Europe.

This graph indicates the total distribution of Swiss citizens that live in the different continents in 2017.
Swiss Citizens living abroad per country © FSO – Statistics on the Swiss Abroad (AS-Stat)

More Swiss women than men abroad

According to the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, there are more Swiss women than Swiss men living abroad. In 2017, 54.4% of Swiss nationals living abroad were women.

The most popular destination: France

France has the largest Swiss expatriate community in Europe, followed by Germany and Italy. 

The Federal Statistical Office website provides further information, graphics and an interactive table: 

Swiss abroad in 2017