Switzerland Population 2018

8,512,546

The landlocked country of Switzerland is a diverse mix of people with different languages spoken right across the nation. The general perception is that Switzerland is a relatively small territory so how do its population figures compare with the rest of the world?

The nationwide census of 2000 revealed that there were 7,452,075 people living here and a subsequent estimate in 2011 suggested that the population of Switzerland had increased to 7,952,600, making it the 95th most populous country in the world.

Based on that level of growth, current estimates put Switzerland's population at 8.54 million in 2018, a record high for the country and bringing it the 98th place for population.

Switzerland Population Density

Switzerland is small in size but it is relatively densely populated by comparison. The overall surface area here is 41,285 square kilometres: a figure which can be converted to 15,940 square miles, making this the 133rd largest country in terms of land mass alone.

For every square mile of Swiss territory, there is an average of 196 people per square kilometre. This converts to 508.2 per square mile and makes Switzerland the 65th most densely populated country on the planet.

Outside Influences

Switzerland’s numerous borders with other countries mean that there is a wide range of influences here. The country has four official languages and it is claimed that 22% of the population is comprised of foreign workers and temporary outside residents.

A significant proportion of that figure of 22% comes from Italy whilst there is also a strong German community within Switzerland itself.

Growth and life expectancy

The overall population of Switzerland has enjoyed steady and relatively consistent growth throughout the country’s history. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries it is claimed that the growth levels did not vary from figures of 0.7 to 0.8% but over the decades, that led to a doubling of the population as a whole.

There have been some anomalies in those figures such as a 1.1% rise in numbers in 2007 and the reasons for these are put firmly at the door of increased immigration.

That growth level continues to this day at a point where the Switzerland population of 2014 stands at around the eight million figure.

As far as life expectancy is concerned, figures released by the Swiss Federal Statistics Office in 2008 claimed that the overall figure was one of the highest in the world at 82.1 – split between 79.7 years for men and 84.4 years for women.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 6 minutes
One death every 8 minutes
One net migrant every 11 minutes
Net gain of one person every 8 minutes

Switzerland Population in 2018Source: Hansueli Krapf

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Switzerland Population Pyramid 2018

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Switzerland Median Age

42.2


Total

41.3


Male

43.2


Female

Switzerland Population by Age

There are 6,962,005 adults in Switzerland.

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Switzerland Population Growth

The population of Switzerland is one of the easiest to predict and any anomalies are small ones. As such, numbers here are likely to reach 8.6 million by 2020, but we will have to wait for the next official census for this to be confirmed.

About Switzerland

Official NameSwiss Confederation
Languages SpokenFrench, Swiss German, Italian, Romansh
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude478
Currencies UsedCHE, Switzerland Franc, CHW
DemonymSwiss

Countries Bordering Switzerland

Austria
France
Italy
Liechtenstein
Germany

Switzerland Population Density

Switzerland Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Zurich341,730
Geneve183,981
Basel164,488
Bern121,631
Lausanne116,751
Winterthur91,908
Sankt Gallen70,572
Lugano63,000
Luzern57,066
Zuerich (Kreis 11)54,260
Biel/Bienne48,614
Zuerich (Kreis 3)46,018
Zuerich (Kreis 9)44,878
Thun42,136
Koniz37,196
La Chaux-de-Fonds36,825
Zuerich (Kreis 10)36,216
Rapperswil34,776
Schaffhausen33,863
Zuerich (Kreis 7)33,820

Switzerland Population Clock

The population of Switzerland (as of 1/17/2018)?8,512,546
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)8,544,034
Births Per Day242
Deaths Per Day187
Net Migrations Per Day 137
Net Change Per Day 192
Population Change Since January 1st3,264

Switzerland Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 10.4 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 8.028 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 5.886 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 83.56 years
Male Life Expectancy 81.61 years
Female Life Expectancy 85.41 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.549 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.749 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.052 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 3.369 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 3.783 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 31.833 years
Rate of Natural Increase 2.372

Switzerland Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20188,544,03449.57%50.43%206.96990.89%
20158,319,76949.49%50.51%201.53991.22%
20107,831,97149.23%50.77%189.71971.11%
20057,410,30848.95%51.05%179.50960.67%
20007,167,25048.85%51.15%173.61930.42%
19957,018,52548.84%51.16%170.01911.01%
19906,674,89048.81%51.19%161.68910.67%
19856,456,22448.72%51.28%156.39880.48%
19806,303,61048.64%51.36%152.6982-0.17%
19756,356,18548.77%51.23%153.96780.60%
19706,169,35848.86%51.14%149.44731.14%
19655,829,95648.69%51.31%141.22691.94%
19605,296,11848.44%51.56%128.29691.28%
19554,970,80648.31%51.69%120.41701.26%
19504,668,08648.19%51.81%113.07680.00%

Switzerland Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20208,670,53549.61%50.39%210.021010.00%
20258,954,57849.69%50.31%216.901000.65%
20309,203,90849.72%50.28%222.941000.55%
20359,412,11549.71%50.29%227.98990.45%
20409,586,93849.69%50.31%232.22980.37%
20459,741,50149.65%50.35%235.96990.32%
20509,879,90149.61%50.39%239.32990.28%
20559,985,87049.58%50.42%241.881000.21%
206010,063,50549.58%50.42%243.761020.16%
206510,129,33549.61%50.39%245.361010.13%
207010,194,76149.63%50.37%246.941010.13%
207510,254,04649.64%50.36%248.381010.12%
208010,302,23249.65%50.35%249.551000.09%
208510,345,81749.68%50.32%250.601000.08%
209010,392,92549.71%50.29%251.741000.09%
209510,441,02149.73%50.27%252.911000.09%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer