In 2018, the Federal Statistical Office assumed responsibility for the production of the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad, which had until then been compiled by the FDFA. The statistics are available on the webpages of the FSO and can be accessed easily and individually via an interactive table.
Statistics on the Swiss Abroad
Around 11% of the Swiss population lives abroad. Of the 770,900 Swiss nationals who were residing abroad at the end of 2019, more than 63% were living in Europe.
At the end of 2019, 21.2% of Swiss citizens abroad were minors, i.e. under the age of 18 (163 800 persons). The share of older persons (65 years and over) was slightly bigger, i.e. 21.8% or 167 800 persons. The number of persons of working age (18-64 years) was 439 300 (57.0%).
The most popular destination: France
France has the largest Swiss expatriate community in Europe, followed by Germany and Italy.
The Federal Statistical Office website provides further information, graphics and an interactive table:
Swiss citizens abroad Europe 2019
Swiss citizens abroad World 2019
Interactive map – Swiss abroad by country of residence 2018
The map shows the number of Swiss abroad and the number of Swiss emigrants for a specific country.