Switzerland Population 2017

8,465,035

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, you might therefore speculate that the Switzerland population of 2014 is approximately 8.1 million, 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.

Switzerland Population in 2017Source: Hansueli Krapf

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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 SpokenSwiss German, Romansh, Italian, French
BordersAUT, FRA, ITA, LIE, DEU
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude478
Currencies UsedCHECHFCHW

Switzerland Population Density

Name Population
Herrliberg5,025
Wallisellen / Wallisellen-Ost5,031
Greifensee5,032
Sargans5,045
Estavayer-le-Lac5,061
Bad Ragaz5,063
Interlaken5,067
Ascona5,084
Chatel-Saint-Denis5,094
Uster / Ober-Uster5,100
Orbe5,132
Rumlang5,144
Unterseen5,150
Sumiswald5,159
Zuerich (Kreis 12) / Saatlen5,209
Laufen5,210
Kerns5,217
Alpnach5,218
Saint-Imier5,220
Kuttigen5,234
Blonay5,244
Urtenen5,258
Le Mont-sur-Lausanne5,270
Altendorf5,280
Goldau5,285
Kirchberg5,335
Buchrain5,341
Oberwinterthur (Kreis 2) / Talacker5,375
Oberwinterthur (Kreis 2) / Guggenbuehl5,376
Sankt Margrethen5,395
Diepoldsau5,401
Basse-Nendaz5,410
Menziken5,415
Hergiswil5,437
Chavannes5,454
Hinwil5,488
Villmergen5,489
Wurenlos5,497
Heimberg5,501
Herzogenbuchsee5,522
Buochs5,524
Uznach5,561
Zuerich (Kreis 8) / Muehlebach5,570
Saviese5,575
Adligenswil5,576
Pfaeffikon / Pfaeffikon (Dorfkern)5,595
Oberuzwil5,616
Appenzell5,649
Uetendorf5,654
Glarus5,681
Teufen5,683
Gelterkinden5,709
Peseux5,716
Les Avanchets5,730
Stafa5,737
Massagno5,774
Murten/Morat5,800
Oberengstringen5,805
Zollikon5,812
Balsthal5,863
Sissach5,873
Biasca5,885
Bottmingen5,912
Fully5,922
Collombey5,926
Mattenbach (Kreis 7) / Deutweg5,930
Bex5,956
Neuenkirch5,963
Losone6,070
Bolligen6,086
Derendingen6,093
Horgen / Horgen (Dorfkern)6,140
Dietlikon / Dietlikon (Dorf)6,149
Frenkendorf6,180
Malters6,181
Zuerich (Kreis 1)6,185
Trimbach6,220
Wahlern6,225
Untersiggenthal6,344
Viganello6,375
Grabs6,384
Ruswil6,432
Thal6,433
Dornach6,449
Muri6,463
Sirnach6,463
Kilchberg6,511
Blecherette6,516
Porrentruy6,521
Meggen6,533
Bremgarten6,543
Graenichen6,557
Visp6,576
Buchs6,599
Crissier6,612
Saanen6,621
Bagnes6,626
Zermatt6,629
Conthey6,634
Minusio6,653
Ollon6,665
Frutigen6,671
Au6,673
Lachen6,685
Windisch6,689
Nidau6,696
Zuerich (Kreis 7) / Hirslanden6,769
Domat6,817
Aarburg6,828
Igis6,828
Thalwil / Dorfkern6,829
Wollerau6,883
Langnau am Albis7,000
Zuerich (Kreis 7) / Fluntern7,009
Bassersdorf7,010
Embrach7,088
Richterswil7,103
Siebnen7,104
Dudingen7,155
Mendrisio7,310
Pfaeffikon7,310
Lengnau7,336
Lenzburg7,392
Bussigny7,408
Rothrist7,423
Stans7,475
Regensdorf7,531
Pregassona7,548
Naters7,552
Oberentfelden7,553
Aadorf7,620
Marly7,653
Payerne7,655
Oberriet7,675
Epalinges7,706
Moutier7,721
Aigle7,723
Schubelbach7,745
Giubiasco7,752
Reinach7,845
Biberist7,889
Mannedorf7,951
Neuenhof7,957
Chene-Bourg7,959
Hegnau7,961
Ingenbohl7,967
Unterageri7,973
Obersiggenthal7,990
Pfaffikon7,994
Sursee8,014
Chiasso8,060
Wattwil8,089
Kirchberg8,127
Hochdorf8,192
Zuerich (Kreis 2) / Enge8,253
Steinhausen8,509
Wittenbach8,542
Toss8,672
Altdorf8,678
Lutry8,774
Langnau8,784
Veltheim8,901
Affoltern am Albis8,928
Romanshorn8,956
Rorschach9,000
Hunenberg9,032
Goldach9,094
Zuerich (Kreis 7) / Witikon9,099
Zollikofen9,121
Wohlen9,159
Eschenbach9,175
Brugg9,196
Gstaad9,200
Ober Urdorf9,205
Zuchwil9,268
Colombier9,297
Arlesheim9,301
Belp9,307
Suhr9,374
Mohlin9,382
Sarnen9,410
Weinfelden9,414
Rueti9,576
Therwil9,595
Flawil9,739
Bernex9,759
Le Grand-Saconnex9,781
Veyrier9,800
Munchenbuchsee9,801
Arth9,850
Zuerich (Kreis 5) / Gewerbeschule9,891
Zuerich (Kreis 6) / Oberstrass9,906
Zuerich (Kreis 3) / Friesenberg9,909
Zuerich (Kreis 7) / Hottingen9,934
Neuhausen10,019
Villars-sur-Glane10,021
Ecublens10,065
Effretikon10,119
Aesch10,138
Oberwil10,187
Birsfelden10,232
Ecublens10,262
Le Locle10,279
Zuerich (Kreis 4) / Langstrasse10,386
Oftringen10,390
Buchs10,418
Uster / Kirch-Uster10,428
Rotkreuz10,439
Zuerich (Kreis 12) / Schwamendingen-Mitte10,476
Chene-Bougeries10,487
La Tour-de-Peilz10,522
Prilly10,524
Plan-les-Ouates10,540
Spreitenbach10,562
Altstatten10,574
Gland10,641
Rheinfelden10,733
Munsingen10,928
Lyss10,937
Davos11,024
Mattenbach (Kreis 7)11,043
Worb11,053
Delemont11,315
Zuerich (Kreis 12) / Hirzenbach11,335
Amriswil11,351
Zofingen11,451
Versoix11,467
Ebikon11,471
Kuesnacht11,525
Munchenstein11,644
Wallisellen11,705
Zuerich (Kreis 5)11,737
Kussnacht11,777
Bulle12,095
Uzwil12,111
Horw12,348
Muri12,374
Spiez12,594
Wuelflingen (Kreis 6)12,598
Schlieren12,695
Liestal12,832
Arbon12,933
Wetzikon12,969
Zuerich (Kreis 4) / Hard12,976
Thonex13,057
Einsiedeln13,148
Bulach13,172
Wadenswil13,269
Thalwil13,296
Cham13,495
Wohlen13,875
Morges14,117
Binningen14,130
Schwyz14,177
Langenthal14,184
Freienbach14,302
Locarno14,509
Martigny-Ville14,768
Burgdorf14,788
Solothurn14,853
Pratteln14,877
Zuerich (Kreis 3) / Alt-Wiedikon14,931
Monthey15,106
Steffisburg15,191
Adliswil15,230
Seen (Kreis 3)15,434
Herisau15,438
Aarau15,501
Zuerich (Kreis 8)15,519
Zuerich (Kreis 10) / Wipkingen15,718
Sierre15,752
Vevey15,812
Grenchen15,927
Horgen15,973
Zuerich (Kreis 2) / Wollishofen16,073
Baden16,118
Littau16,121
Stadt Winterthur (Kreis 1)16,182
Pully16,263
Kloten16,289
Oberwinterthur (Kreis 2)16,356
Olten16,411
Zuerich (Kreis 9) / Albisrieden16,480
Bellinzona16,572
Nyon16,797
Wil16,808
Muttenz16,927
Gossau17,043
Zuerich (Kreis 10) / Hoengg17,117
Zuerich (Kreis 11) / Affoltern17,241
Onex17,302
Kreuzlingen17,655
Jona17,655
Renens17,811
Zuerich (Kreis 11) / Seebach17,851
Zuerich (Kreis 11) / Oerlikon17,922
Allschwil18,189
Wettingen18,191
Carouge19,344
Meyrin19,772
Dubendorf19,882
Riehen20,000
Zuerich (Kreis 6) / Unterstrass20,045
Baar20,546
Dietikon20,893
Zuerich (Kreis 3) / Sihlfeld20,977
Frauenfeld21,979
Montreux22,897
Le Chatelard23,192
Uster23,279
Zug23,435
Yverdon-les-Bains23,702
Kriens25,010
Lugano26,365
Emmen26,889
Zuerich (Kreis 4) / Aussersihl27,273
Lancy27,291
Sitten28,045
Zuerich (Kreis 12)28,189
Zuerich (Kreis 9) / Altstetten28,307
Zuerich (Kreis 2)29,215
Zuerich (Kreis 6)29,951
Vernier30,086
Neuchatel31,270
Chur32,429
Fribourg32,827
Zuerich (Kreis 7)33,820
Schaffhausen33,863
Rapperswil34,776
Zuerich (Kreis 10)36,216
La Chaux-de-Fonds36,825
Koniz37,196
Thun42,136
Zuerich (Kreis 9)44,878
Zuerich (Kreis 3)46,018
Biel/Bienne48,614
Zuerich (Kreis 11)54,260
Luzern57,066
Sankt Gallen70,572
Winterthur91,908
Lausanne116,751
Bern121,631
Basel164,488
Geneve183,981
Zurich341,730

Switzerland Population Clock

What is the population of Switzerland (as of September 13, 2017)?8,465,035
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)8454083
Births Per Day48
Deaths Per Day37
Net Migrations Per Day 137
Net Change Per Day 148
Population Change Since January 1st37,740

Switzerland Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 10.474 births/thousand171
Crude Death Rate 8.024 deaths/thousand82
Crude Net Migration Rate 5.899 people/thousand10
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 83.489 years5
Male Life Expectancy 81.474 years3
Female Life Expectancy 85.392 years8
Total Fertility Rate 1.568 children/woman171
Net Reproduction Rate 0.761 surviving daughters/woman169
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.052 males per female80
Infant Mortality Rate 3.136 deaths/1,000 live births177
Under Five Mortality 3.581 deaths/thousand181
Mean Age at Childbearing 32.329 years5
Rate of Natural Increase 2.492 162
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.279 %6
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 1.564 %6
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 0.984 %9
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 5.249 %4
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 6.344 %2
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 4.116 %10
Crude Suicide Rate 12.2 suicides/thousand51
Median Age (Total) 42.2 years25
Median Age (Female) 43.2 years29
Median Age (Male) 41.3 years17

Switzerland Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20178,454,08349.579%50.421%213600.82%97
20158,298,66349.518%50.482%210600.97%97
20107,830,53449.234%50.766%198611.21%96
20057,408,60848.947%51.053%187610.96%96
20007,165,58148.854%51.146%181560.49%93
19957,017,04148.835%51.165%177560.61%90
19906,673,92048.811%51.189%168550.99%90
19856,455,68048.721%51.279%163560.58%86
19806,303,60848.644%51.356%159540.19%81
19756,356,17848.765%51.235%16047-0.01%77
19706,169,35748.857%51.143%156460.84%72
19655,829,95848.692%51.308%147441.48%69
19605,296,12048.438%51.562%134421.82%69
19554,970,81048.306%51.694%125431.12%69
19504,668,08848.193%51.807%118421.24%68

Switzerland Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
20208,654,27149.63%50.37%219630.72%98
20258,951,78949.701%50.299%226680.63%99
20309,222,93849.727%50.273%233670.54%98
20359,456,98949.72%50.28%239670.45%98
20409,660,02049.696%50.304%244670.39%98
20459,844,50949.668%50.332%249670.36%98
205010,019,10149.638%50.362%253660.32%99
205510,172,27649.611%50.389%257660.27%100
206010,304,08249.617%50.383%260650.24%100
206510,424,46649.65%50.35%263630.23%100
207010,542,60849.688%50.312%266630.22%100
207510,660,38349.706%50.294%269640.22%101
208010,775,32949.725%50.275%272620.21%101
208510,891,18749.757%50.243%275610.22%100
209011,010,81949.798%50.202%278610.22%100
209511,130,94349.837%50.163%281600.21%98
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations