Switzerland: Population density

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 Switzerland

Population density, people per square km

 Latest value 220
 Year 2021
 Measure people per square km
 Data availability 1961 - 2021
 Average 176
 Min - Max 137 - 220
 Source Food and Agriculture Organization
For that indicator, we provide data for Switzerland from 1961 to 2021. The average value for Switzerland during that period was 176 people per square km with a minimum of 137 people per square km in 1961 and a maximum of 220 people per square km in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 220 people per square km. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 196 countries is 456 people per square km. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Switzerland - Population density - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Switzerland - Population density - historical chart - 1961-2021




Definition: Population density is midyear population divided by land area in square kilometers. Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country of asylum, who are generally considered part of the population of their country of origin. Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 8.78 2022 million
 Percent urban population 74.09 2022 percent
 Population density 220 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 19.31 2022 percent
 Percent children 15.05 2022 percent
 Percent female population 50.34 2022 percent
 Rural population, percent 25.91 2022 percent
 Age dependency ratio 52.34 2022 percent
 Refugee population 182,474 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 29 2015 percent
 Population growth 0.81 2022 percent
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