The Swiss community around the globe

Around 775,000 Swiss citizens live outside the country's borders, making up about 10% of the total population. Most expats reside in neighbouring European countries. There is also a considerable Swiss abroad community in North America.

Registered expatriates have had the right to take part in votes and elections since 1992. The introduction of e-voting and concerns about the network of embassies and consulates are among the key concerns of the Swiss Abroad.

Congress of the Swiss Abroad, Basel 2017

Swiss Abroad Congress Franz Boos, US

Besides e-voting and pension reform, Swiss expatriate Franz Boos is concerned about banking services.

Swiss Abroad Congress Max Haechler, US

Longtime OSA council member Max Haechler is worried about how the next generation can participate.

Swiss Abroad Congress Monika Tiffany, US

First-time congress attendee Monika Tiffany feels Swiss banks should make banking less of a hassle for Swiss citizens living abroad.

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Young Swiss abroad

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E-voting

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Swiss schools abroad

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#WeAreSwissAbroad Dear Swiss living abroad…

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Making the move What Swiss abroad must consider before heading home

Some 24,000 Swiss living abroad move home every year. Are there enough resources available to help them make the transition?

Emigration Where do the Swiss go, when they live abroad?

More than one in ten Swiss lives abroad. This graphic illustrates that the Swiss don’t like to stray too far from home.