Population of Switzerland 2021
As of 2021, the latest population of Switzerland is 8,403,994, based on AllCityPopulation calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).
|Population growth rate||0.66%|
|Birth rate||10.50 births per 1,000 people|
|Overall life expectancy||82.28 years|
|Men life expectancy||79.99 years|
|Women life expectancy||84.71 years|
|65 years and above||18.34%|
|Median age||42.10 years|
|Gender ratio (Male to Female)||0.97|
|Population density||203.60 residents per km²|
|Swiss – 65% German-Swiss, 18% French-Swiss, Italian 10%, Italian-Swiss, 1% Romansch – 6% others; Share of foreigners in 2016: 24.1%|
|Catholics (Roman Catholic 44%; Protestants 37%; non-religious 12%; Muslims 4.5%; others 2.5%|
|Human Development Index (HDI)||0.946|
|HDI ranking||2nd out of 194|
People in Switzerland
Switzerland is a small country, with 8.6 million people living here. 27 out of 100 residents of Switzerland come from abroad; they do not have citizenship. There are very many.
Most of the immigrants come from Germany, Italy, France and the countries of the former Yugoslavia or Turkey. More than half of the immigrants come from the neighboring countries of Switzerland and mostly live in the part of Switzerland where their mother tongue is spoken, i.e. German, French or Italian.
There are six major cities in Switzerland. These are Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne, Bern and Winterthur. Only a small part of the land is habitable. Most people live in the Central Plateau. The larger cities such as Zurich and Basel are also located here.
Languages in Switzerland
Although Switzerland is a small country, there are four languages spoken as official languages. Depending on where you are now in Switzerland, a different language will be spoken. These languages are German (64 percent), French (20 percent), Italian (7 percent), and a language called Romansh (1 percent). Romansh is a mixture of Italian and French.
In the west of Switzerland the children speak French and on the Italian borders in the south Italian. Most people speak German, by the way. However, this is not our standard German, it sounds a little different. It’s called Swiss German or Schwyzerdütsch. This German can then also differ from region to region. For us, the Swiss dialect is not that easy to understand, even though it is the German language.
Religions in Switzerland
41 out of 100 Swiss are Catholics, 40 out of 100 Protestant Reformed. The rest is divided between other religious communities or non-denominational people. These are people who don’t feel they belong to any particular religion.