Number of Swiss outside the country continues to rise

Published:  30 Jan at 4 PM
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The number of Swiss expats increased to nearly 750,000 in 2014, an increase of two per cent from the previous year.

Some 14,276 Swiss citizens left the country last year, taking the official total living abroad to 746,885, according to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The number also includes Swiss nationals working at embassies or consulate generals overseas.

A large number of the new expats have chosen to live in neighbouring countries while continuing to work in their homeland because of the lower costs of living involved.
An extra 3,112 Swiss citizens moved to France, while 2,045 relocated to Germany, taking the number of Swiss nationals in these countries to 194,474 and 84,671 respectively. Meanwhile, 637 headed to Italy, meaning there are now 51,353 Swiss expats residing there.

In 2014, six out of 10 Swiss expats remained in European Union states, with around 75 per cent of them in France, Austria, Germany and Italy – countries that border Switzerland.

Outside of Europe, the largest Swiss community is in the US, with 78,696 people residing stateside, while 39,618 live in Canada. There are a further 24,584 and 17,958 Swiss nationals living in Australia and Israel respectively.
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