According to the Statistics on the Swiss Abroad compiled by the Federal Statistical Office, in 2017 around 752,000 Swiss citizens were registered with Swiss representations abroad. The Swiss community abroad has grown in recent years. If it were a canton it would be Switzerland's fourth largest in terms of population.
Both the number of people emigrating and the type of emigration have changed. More and more Swiss nationals are moving to a foreign country for a limited period of time to subsequently return to Switzerland or to move to another foreign country.
Increasing international mobility has created complex needs with repercussions for the services provided by the FDFA and the work of Swiss representations abroad. The FDFA supports mobility, assists Swiss citizens wishing to move abroad or return to Switzerland, and provides information for Swiss citizens abroad. In order to safeguard the rights and obligations of the Swiss community abroad set out in the Swiss Abroad Act and enable Swiss citizens abroad to stay in touch with Switzerland, the FDFA has modernised and optimised its comprehensive range of services worldwide.
Statistics on the Swiss Abroad
Every year, the Federal Statistical Office publishes, in cooperation with the FDFA, the latest figures on Swiss nationals living abroad.
Spotlight on the Swiss community abroad
The Swiss community abroad and the Confederation