Switzerland: Language & People                                

Languages                                German (official)                 63.7%

French (official)                   20.4%

Italian (official)                     6.5%

Serbo-Croatian                     1.5%

Albanian                               1.3%

Portuguese                            1.2%

Spanish                                1.1%

English                                    1%

Romansch (official)                0.5%

Other                                    2.8%



Since 1972, fewer children have been born than is necessary for continued population growth. In 1998, there were more deaths than births among Swiss citizens—the first time this had happened since records began in 1871.



In comparison with other European countries, the number of foreigners with Swiss nationality is quite low. One in every ten adults holding Swiss citizenship in 2001 had acquired it through naturalization.