Statistics on the Swiss Abroad

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.


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.

This graph indicates the total distribution of Swiss citizens that live in the different continents in 2019.
Swiss Citizens living abroad per country 2019. © FSO – Statistics on the Swiss Abroad (AS-Stat)

Retiring abroad

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 abroad in 2019 (Federal Statistical Office)