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The population in Switzerland is growing continuously. Last year almost 100,000 joined them, including 80,000 foreigners. They make up almost a quarter of the permanent resident population.

The population of Switzerland continued to grow last year, mainly due to immigration. At the end of 2013, 97,600 more people were living in Switzerland than a year earlier. The increase is due to the birth surplus (balance of births and deaths) of 17,200 people. There are also 80,400 people from abroad. The total permanent resident population was 8,136,689 people.

Overall, this is an increase of 1.2 percent, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). The 8 million mark had already been exceeded in 2012. At that time the population increase was 1 percent, in 2011 it was 1.4 percent.

A quarter of foreigners

In addition to Swiss citizens, the permanent resident population includes all foreigners who have a residence permit for at least 12 months or who have been in Switzerland for more than 12 months. According to the population statistics, at the end of 2013 almost every fourth inhabitant, a total of 1,932,700 people, were foreign nationals.

This is 65,700 more than at the end of 2012. The age groups most represented in this population are those of the 25 to 44 year olds. The average age is around 37 years - compared to 43 years for the Swiss.

Older population mainly female

At the end of 2013, Switzerland had 4.1 million women and 4.0 million men. In the youngest age groups between 0 and 24 years, men are in the majority. Thereafter, this difference is almost reduced to a gender balance in the age group of 35 to 44 year olds. From the age of 60, women whose life expectancy is higher are more represented.

Currently, every fifth woman and every sixth man in Switzerland are over 64 years old. More than a quarter of these seniors are 80 years of age or older. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of centenarians and older almost doubled, from 787 to 1500; among them 1200 women and 300 men.

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  • Commentary by H. Bernoulli, Zurich
    To hold on to an economic model that cannot do without exponential (!) Growth and at the same time to complain about the increasing consumption of resources (including land) is absurd. Resource-neutral exponential (!) Growth has not yet existed. That is why the idea that the MEI will do something about resource consumption is so absurd - unless it brings about a halt in economic growth with all its consequences.
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  • Commentary by M. Kaiser, Rebstein
    I think that we shouldn't grow in bulk - only in quality. There is a critical mass that states that a state should only keep the population as high as the food chain from its own production is secured in a threatening situation. If there is a bottleneck in the food chain, a state is threatened from inside and outside and can be blackmailed. Honor my emergency supplies.
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  • Commentary by O. Egli, BS
    Even if, as is so often demanded, the MEI came into force from tomorrow, nothing would change. If instead of 80,000 p.A. only 40,000 p.A. immigrants, the population continues to grow, and the 10 million inhabitant limit would simply be pushed back 1 or 2 decades. And in order to achieve a 15% proportion of foreigners in the total population, the CH families would of course have to be legally obliged to produce a large number of offspring. A kind of CH quota offspring. Irony off.
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    1. answer from E. Waeden, Canton of Zurich
      And because it is so, the Ecopop must be accepted & young people are encouraged to provide more offspring again instead of just wanting to treat themselves to a good life by also taking responsibility for children. Otherwise they also argue that children are our pension provision.
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