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800,000 ciudadanos suizos que viven en el extranjero: ubicaciones de moda y 6 países excepcionales

More than one in ten individuals with Swiss citizenship do not live in Switzerland. Recently published statistics reveal where most Swiss nationals living abroad reside and the six countries with no Swiss residents at all.

For the first time, over 800,000 Swiss citizens lived abroad. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the number of Swiss nationals living abroad increased by 1.5 percent by the end of 2022 compared to the previous year. There are precisely 800,041 individuals with Swiss citizenship residing abroad, accounting for 12.3 percent of all Swiss citizens (6.5 million out of the 8.8 million Swiss residents in Switzerland possess Swiss citizenship).

Residencia de ciudadanos suizos residentes en el extranjero (2022)

Según la FSO data, there was an increase in the number of Swiss nationals living abroad on all continents compared to 2021. The reasons cited by the FSO include migration patterns and the difference between the number of births, deaths, and naturalizations.

The number of Swiss citizens living in Portugal (+12.9 percent), Israel (+3.5 percent), and Spain (+2.8 percent) increased significantly last year. An increasing number of Swiss citizens are also settling in specific regions of Asia. Over the past decade, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand have been particularly popular destinations.

Cambio en los ciudadanos suizos que viven en el extranjero en comparación con 2021

The absolute numbers of Swiss nationals in countries with the highest percentage increase, such as Sudan, Suriname, or Iraq, are low, which makes even small changes more significant.

Los destinos más populares para emigrar de Suiza incluyen países vecinos como Francia, Alemania e Italia, así como países de habla inglesa como Estados Unidos, Canadá, Reino Unido y Australia. España e Israel le siguen de cerca.

Un gran edificio con cúpulas verdes en la parte superior, diseñado para atender a los suizos residentes en el extranjero.

Los 10 destinos principales para los emigrantes suizos:

  • Francia: 206,433
  • Alemania: 98,121
  • Estados Unidos: 82,662
  • Italia: 51,241
  • Canadá: 41,178
  • Reino Unido: 39,476
  • Australia: 26,088
  • España: 25,814
  • Israel: 22,837
  • Austria: 17,995

Europe remained the preferred continent for Swiss nationals residing abroad, with 64 percent of all Swiss citizens living there. Nearly a quarter of those residing outside Europe were in the United States.

Currently, only one Swiss citizen resides in Micronesia, a group of islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Three Swiss citizens have settled in Eritrea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Lesotho, and Kiribati (see map).

Residencia con un máximo de 10 ciudadanos suizos (2022)

  • Guayana: 10
  • Timor Oriental: 10
  • Afganistán: 10
  • Surinam: 9
  • Islas Salomón: 9
  • Tonga: 9
  • San Vicente y las Granadinas: 8
  • Comoras: 6
  • Guinea Ecuatorial: 6
  • Guinea-Bissau: 4
  • Eritrea: 3
  • Santo Tomé y Príncipe: 3
  • Lesoto: 3
  • Kiribati: 3
  • Micronesia: 1

Países sin ciudadanos suizos (2022)

  1. Corea del Norte
  2. Turkmenistán
  3. Nauru
  4. Islas Marshall
  5. Palau
  6. Tuvalu

Corea del Norte

For the first time since 1998, no Swiss citizens resided in North Korea in 2022. At its peak in 2005, nine individuals with Swiss citizenship had settled in the “evil empire.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kim Jong-un sealed off his country even more than usual, leading most diplomats and aid organizations to withdraw.


The Federal Statistical Office has tracked this Pacific Ocean island state since 1995. At that time, one Swiss citizen was registered. Since 2002, no Swiss citizens have been officially registered on the island with just over 10,000 inhabitants.


In 2010, eight Swiss nationals were still registered in this Central Asian country, which marked the provisional peak. Five years later, only one person with Swiss citizenship permanently resided there, and since 2016, there have been no officially registered Swiss citizens in the country with a population of approximately 5.7 million.


With a population of just under 10,000, Nauru, located in the Pacific Ocean, is one of the smallest countries in the world. Currently, no Swiss citizens reside there, and it is unclear if any Swiss citizens were ever registered there.

Islas Marshall

En 2018, dos ciudadanos suizos aún vivían en este pequeño archipiélago de 181 kilómetros cuadrados. De 2019 a 2020, solo quedó un ciudadano suizo. Ahora, ninguna persona con ciudadanía suiza ha acampado allí.


Until 2020, this island group, with over 500 islands in the western Pacific, was home to three Swiss citizens. However, a year later, all three had moved away.


In conclusion, the number of Swiss nationals living abroad has surpassed 800,000, with over one in ten Swiss citizens residing outside of Switzerland. The statistics highlight a global migration trend driven by various factors such as economic opportunities, lifestyle preferences, and personal circumstances. While neighboring countries and English-speaking nations remain popular for Swiss emigrants, there is also a growing interest in regions like Asia.

Los datos revelan aumentos significativos en la población de expatriados suizos en países como Portugal, Israel y España. Sin embargo, es importante tener en cuenta que incluso los países con números absolutos relativamente pequeños de ciudadanos suizos pueden experimentar cambios porcentuales sustanciales, lo que enfatiza la importancia de dichos cambios.

Furthermore, Europe remains the preferred continent for Swiss nationals living abroad, with most settling there. Nevertheless, it is intriguing to note the presence of Swiss citizens in lesser-known locations across the globe, demonstrating their adventurous spirit.

Interestingly, six countries have no Swiss residents at all, including North Korea, Turkmenistan, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Tuvalu. Reasons for this absence vary, ranging from diplomatic conditions to these nations’ unique characteristics and limited population.

Overall, the statistics offer a glimpse into the diverse global landscape of Swiss expatriates, showcasing their widespread presence and the intriguing migration patterns they follow. The phenomenon reflects the interconnectedness of our world and the diverse choices individuals make when seeking new horizons beyond their home country.

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