Switzerland Population 2018
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 135th largest country in terms of land mass alone.
For every square mile of Swiss territory, there is an average of 206 people per square kilometre. This makes Switzerland the 67th most densely populated country on the planet as of 2018.
Switzerland’s numerous borders with other countries mean that there is a wide range of exterior influences at play here. These boundaries include Italy (698 km of border), France (525 km of border), Germany (348 km of border), Austria (158 km of border), and Liechtenstein (41 kn of border) The country has four official languages (including Swiss German, French, Italian, and Romansch) 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. This has since risen to 82.6, with a split of 80.3 for males and 85.1 for females as of 2017.
Quality of Life in Switzerland
As of 2018, Switzerland is the 5th happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report. The residents gave their home a score of 7.487 out of 10 for overall happiness in their life. This report includes a variety of factors, particularly GDP per captia, social support, healthy life expectancy, and more.
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|