Swiss fact: Zurich has Switzerland’s sixth highest percentage of foreign residents

Swiss fact: Zurich has Switzerland’s sixth highest percentage of foreign residents

In 2015, 25.5% of Switzerland’s population were foreign, or one in four.
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However, foreigners were not spread evenly across the country. The canton with the highest percentage of non-Swiss living within its borders was Geneva, where 42.1% of the population lived without a Swiss passport. Next on the list were the cantons of Basel-City , Vaud , Ticino , and Zug . Zurich came in sixth with 26.9%. At the other end of the spectrum were the cantons of Appenzell-Innerrhoden , Uri , Nidwalden , Jura , and Obwalden . Absolute numbers produced a different picture. Switzerland’s most populous cantons are Zurich , Bern , Vaud , Aargau , St. Gallen , and Geneva . Because the cosmopolitan canton of Zurich is home to so many people, it rose to the top on foreign headcount, with a foreign population of 399,000. On this measure Vaud shifted up into second place, with a foreign population of 270,000, followed by Geneva , Bern , and Aargau . Together these five cantons accounted for 56% of Switzerland’s non-Swiss population. More on this: Data from Switzerland’s statistics office – Take a 5 minute French test n…

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