Switzerland Population 2017
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 8.48 million in 2017, 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.
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.