How the Swiss population has grown and shrunk in the past 20 years: How much are we talking about?
Swiss citizens are not the only ones to see their population dwindle.
As Swiss watchdogs report more and more instances of people dying before their time, they’re also wondering how much the country is actually losing to population loss.
According to a new report, the Swiss government is responsible for nearly half of the nation’s population decline over the past four decades.
The Swiss population, which was about 12.7 million in 1960, is now only about 13.7 percent of the country’s population.
“This is the fastest rate of population loss in the world,” said Jan Bussmann, director of the Population Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).
“That’s quite scary.”
Bussmann says the Swiss have become the poster children for population loss because of their high birth rates and relatively low mortality rates.
“There are more than 4 million babies born to Swiss women in the first year of their pregnancies,” he told the Associated Press.
It’s also true that the Swiss are not a small country.
The country has an estimated population of about 9.3 million people.
But the Swiss do have some advantages over many other countries.
“In terms of health care, the main one is we have a much smaller population,” Bussman said.
Budgets have been cut in recent years, and more and longer-term health care is needed.
“We don’t have many medical schools, and there is a big gap between medical professionals and doctors,” Bausmann said.