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Demographic trends

Since 1972 fewer children have been born than is necessary for continued population growth. In 1998 there were more deaths than births among Swiss citizens - the first time this had happened since records began in 1871.

According to a forecast issued in 2004, between 2003 and 2012 the number of children of school age (7-15) will drop by about 100,000.

Since 1993 the number of Swiss citizens has increased only because of the number of foreigners who have been naturalised.

Population data (2011)

Population data 2011
Groups Amount
Source: Federal Statistical Office  
Permanent residents 7,954,662
Swiss citizens 6,138,668 (77.2%)
Foreign residents 1,815,994 (22.8%)

Age groups (2011)

Age groups in Switzerland (2011)
Category Amount
Source: Federal Statistical Office  
0-19 1,642,543 (20.6%)
20-39 2,120,114 (26.7%)
40-64 2,826,853 (35.5%)
65-79 982,866 (12.4%)
80+ 382,286 (4.8%)

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