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Total country population 8,600,000
Core Jewish population 18,400
Jews per total 1,000 in population 2.14
Population with a Jewish parent 22,000
Enlarged Jewish population 25,000
Law of Return Jewish population 28,000



  • The total population of Switzerland on 1 January 2016 stood at 8,325,200. Its population grew by 87,500 in 2015, of which 70,000 was due to inward migration.
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Switzerland was estimated to be 18,800 (0.22% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 25,000 (0.30% of the wider population).
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 19,000 in 1990 (0.29% of the wider population), and has therefore declined by less than 1% over 25 years during a period when the Swiss population grew by nearly 25%.
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 2,292 Swiss emigrated to Israel.
  • An estimated 28,000 Swiss qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
  • About 2/3 of Swiss Jews live in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and 1/3 in the Frencg-speaking part. The largest communities are in Zurich, Geneva and Basel.

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