Statistics on the Swiss Abroad

The countries with the largest numbers of Swiss Abroad

More and more Swiss are living abroad. In 2014, the number of Swiss Abroad increased by 14,726 compared to the previous year to 746,885, which equates to a rise of around 2 %. This is according to the latest statistics on the Swiss Abroad published by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The statistics include all Swiss citizens registered with an embassy or consulate general abroad. They live in 200 countries and territories around the world.

The greatest effective increases last year were recorded in those countries which already have the largest Swiss communities abroad: France with 3,112 more persons, Germany with 2,045 more and the USA with a rise of 1,176. The subsequent positions in the ranking order are occupied by Israel (plus 1,045), the UK (plus 1,028), Australia (plus 577) and Thailand (plus 568). 

Six out of ten Swiss Abroad lived in the European Union in 2014, and three quarters of them in directly neighbouring countries. In France this amounted to 194,474 citizens, in Germany 84,671, in Italy 51,353 and in Austria 15,542.

The biggest communities of Swiss Abroad outside Europe are found in the USA with 78,696 persons holding the red passport, in Canada with 39,618, in Australia with 24,584 and in Israel with 17,958. At the bottom of the list of statistics are São Tomé and Principe, Kiribati and Turkmenistan, where Switzerland is represented with just one single person in each case.

Of the 583,150 Swiss Abroad of full legal age, 142,651 were registered on a Swiss electoral roll at the time of the referendum held on 30 November 2014. That is 24.5 % and signifies an increase of around 1.5 % compared to the National Council elections in 2011.

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  • Martin Bianchi
    Martin Bianchi at 28.03.2015
    Salutations depuis México D.F.
    Je suis originaire de Lugano/Ticino, né à Fribourg; et j'ai passé mon enfance et adolescence à Biel-Bienne, canton de Berne.
    Puis, entre 1978-93, j'ai vécu dans le canton des Grisons; Davos, Klosters (10ans) et 5 ans à Flims-Waldhaus.
    Puis, entre 1993-98, vécu 5 ans à ma ville d'origine, Lugano.
    Entre 1998-2001, vécu un peu en Espagne, et 3 hivers au Mexique. Et entre 2001-2006, de nouveau dans ma ville de Biel-Bienne.
    Et depuis novembre 2006, je vis à México D.F., la capitale du pays, une ville-agglomération qui compte 22'000'000 hab., à une altitude de 2'220m. Je suis inscrit à l'Ambassade de Suisse (qui aussi en est le consulat), ici à México D.F. (Ciudád de México, Mexico-City).
    Tanti saluti, Liebi Grüesse, (oublié mes 2 ou 3 mots de reto-rumantsch sursilvan, et rumantsch grischun).

    Martino Bianchi (Martin sur le passeport CH )

    PS: dans mon quartier, la Colonia Narvarte-Oriente, Delegación Benito Juárez, nous sommmes plusieurs citoyens suisses. Un monsieur de Zürich, dans ma même rue. Une jeune dame de Solothurn/Soleure, mariée à un musicien de rock, batteur de 2 groupes connus, dont un est venu plusieurs fois jouer en Suisse. Et aussi, un monsieur de Chur/Coire, d'origine, qui réside dans le Zürich Oberland, je le vois tous les jeudis, au marché; il a un stand d'habits, avec sa femme mexicaine. Et en été, il vient aussi en Suisse, et travaille pour une entreprise culturelle, qui organise des concerts.
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