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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .



Switzerland population 2017

During 2017 Switzerland population is projected to increased by 98 079 people and reach 8 545 897 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 17 994. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 80 085 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Switzerland (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population dynamics in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Switzerland population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Switzerland will be increased by 269 persons daily in 2017.

Population of Switzerland 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Switzerland was estimated to be 8 447 818 people. This is an increase of 1.16 % (96 954 people) compared to population of 8 350 864 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 17 787. Due to external migration, the population increased by 79 166. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.968 (968 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016. See also map of the world by sex ratio of total population.

Below are the key figures for Switzerland population in 2016:

Switzerland population density

Switzerland population density is 204.6 people per square kilometer as of February 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Switzerland divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Switzerland. The total area of Switzerland is 41 280 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Switzerland age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Switzerland had the following population age distribution:

15.2 67.8 17

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Switzerland population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.

Source: The estimation data for section "Switzerland age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Switzerland is 47.4 %.

The value of 47.4 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Switzerland must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Switzerland is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Switzerland is 22.4 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Switzerland is 25 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Switzerland age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Switzerland is 81.1 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 78.2 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 84.1 years.

Switzerland historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Switzerland population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19514 697 186N/A %
19524 757 6211.29 %
19534 820 4731.32 %
19544 882 4361.29 %
19554 941 8481.22 %
19564 998 7371.15 %
19575 054 8291.12 %
19585 113 3331.16 %
19595 178 5351.28 %
19605 254 7591.47 %
19615 344 7661.71 %
19625 448 2061.94 %
19635 560 5802.06 %
19645 673 8132.04 %
19655 779 7121.87 %
19665 873 4351.62 %
19675 954 2961.38 %
19686 024 0201.17 %
19696 085 5391.02 %
19706 142 0380.93 %
19716 195 4960.87 %
19726 245 8730.81 %
19736 290 7900.72 %
19746 326 2600.56 %
19756 348 6150.35 %
19766 355 7120.11 %
19776 348 231-0.12 %
19786 331 400-0.27 %
19796 314 081-0.27 %
19806 305 093-0.14 %
19816 309 7040.07 %
19826 328 5840.30 %
19836 359 0800.48 %
19846 396 5330.59 %
19856 435 9780.62 %
19866 474 5610.60 %
19876 512 3010.58 %
19886 551 3110.60 %
19896 594 8650.66 %
19906 646 0940.78 %
19916 706 9580.92 %
19926 777 0911.05 %
19936 852 2431.11 %
19946 925 0801.06 %
19956 988 4510.92 %
19967 038 3380.71 %
19977 074 9050.52 %
19987 101 8410.38 %
19997 125 1590.33 %
20007 151 1970.37 %
20017 183 2630.45 %
20027 221 4900.53 %
20037 265 9680.62 %
20047 317 6000.71 %
20057 376 9540.81 %
20067 444 4630.92 %
20077 520 2291.02 %
20087 603 3421.11 %
20097 691 9291.17 %
20107 783 9251.20 %
20117 878 1741.21 %
20127 974 2211.22 %
20138 070 6741.21 %
20148 165 0511.17 %
20158 255 0231.10 %
20168 350 8641.16 %
20178 447 8181.16 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.