Switzerland continues to grow: The 8.5 million mark is cracked! Specifically, the number of the permanent resident population rose last year by around 60’000 to 8’544’527 inhabitants. The final results of the Federal office for statistics (BFS) show. The increase is 0.7 percent. Thus, it is “the weakest increase in the last ten years”, as the FSO writes.

What we notice is that, Except in new castle and in the Ticino the inhabitants increased in numbers in all cantons. The largest increase in the population of the cantons of Fribourg and Schwyz, with the 1.2 per cent recorded. Followed by Zug, Zurich, Aargau, with 1.1 percent. Also, the cantons of Thurgau, Geneva, Schaffhausen, Vaud and Lucerne grew above average. The biggest Minus is registered in the Ticino with a percent.

Less immigration, more births

the reason for the national population growth from immigration, on the other hand, a surplus of descendants is, on the one hand. The international net migration amounts to around 40’000 people. In comparison to the previous year, net migration fell by more than 13 percent. The birth surplus increased by 1.7 percent to almost 21’000 children.

Next, the foreign population with 2’148’275 people by the end of 2018 have increased. The Plus of a percent, according to BFS, “the weakest increase since 2007”. The proportion of foreigners in the total resident population is 25.1 percent.

The lion’s share of 320’000 Italians, 306’000 German and 263’000 Portuguese make. In fourth place is France with 135’000 people. These groups make up nearly half of all constantly living in Switzerland are foreigners.

more and more older people

Despite rising life expectancy, the proportion of young people between the ages of 0 and 19 years is still higher than that of the over 65-Year-old. However, in several cantons, has swept the ratio already: According to the BFS experienced Basel-Stadt, already in 1981, the reversal of the trend, the Ticino in 2006, Schaffhausen 2009, Basel-Landschaft 2011, Bern, 2012, Grisons, 2013, Nidwalden 2015, Glarus 2016, Solothurn, 2017 and Uri 2018. Other cantons are expected to follow in the next few years.

And last but not least, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with approximately 415’400 inhabitants. At the other end of the scale, Corippo (TI) remains with eleven inhabitants, the smallest municipality.