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This country comparison is a concise, tabular overview of numerous data from our respective country pages for Switzerland and France. For further information and explanations, we provide many details per country that go far beyond this comparison. For example, there are separate sub-pages for both countries on economy, climate, energy, refugees, inflation, population and much more.
In addition, we offer several international comparisons on individual topics, which are also linked on this page.

General information

 SwitzerlandFrance
Region:Western EuropeWestern Europe
Area:41,290 km²549,087 km²
Official language:GermanFrench
Government form:Federal republicSemi-presidential republic
Independent since:1499 AD843 AD
Capital:BernParis

Population

Details for Switzerland and France

 SwitzerlandFrance
Population:8,698,00067,499,000
Inhabitants/km²:210.6122.9
Life expectancy males:Ø 81 yearsØ 79 years
Life expectancy females:Ø 85 yearsØ 85 years
Average age:Ø 42.7 yearsØ 41.7 years
Birthrate:9.90 ‰10.90 ‰
Deathrate:8.80 ‰9.90 ‰
Migrationrate:4.52 ‰1.06 ‰

Quality of life

Values from 0 (bad) to 100 (very good)
See also: Explanations and country ranking on quality of life

 SwitzerlandFrance
Political stability:9174
Civil rights:9984
Health:9391
Climate:3441
Cost of Living:4429
Popularity:4071

Economy

Details for Switzerland and France

 SwitzerlandFrance
Currency:Swiss Franc
(1 CHF = 100 Rappen)
Euro
(1 EUR =100 Cent)
Unemployment rate:5.3 %8.1 %
Inflation rate:0.58 %1.64 %
Cost of Living:
(USA = 100%)
142.40 %96.23 %
Commercial taxes and contributions:28.80 %60.70 %
Average income:90,360 US$43,880 US$
Corruption index:16 (good)29 (good)


 CHE:
total
per 1000
inh.
FRA:
total
per 1000
inh.
Gross domestic product:812,867 M US$93.46 M US$2,937,473 M US$43.52 M US$
Gross national product:785,904 M US$90.36 M US$2,961,949 M US$43.88 M US$
Exported goods:567,175 M US$65.21 M US$921,605 M US$13.65 M US$
Imported goods:462,337 M US$53.16 M US$957,530 M US$14.19 M US$

Infrastructure

Details for Switzerland and France

 CHE:
total
per 1000
inh.
FRA:
total
per 1000
inh.
Roadways:71,557 km8.23 km1,053,215 km15.60 km
Railways:3,236 km0.37 km29,640 km0.44 km
Harbours:280.00325480.0081
Passenger airports:50.0006610.0009

Energy balance

Details for Switzerland and France

 CHE:
total
per 1000
inh.
FRA:
total
per 1000
inh.
Energy consumption:58.46 bn kWh6.72 m kWh450.80 bn kWh6.68 m kWh
Energy production:59.01 bn kWh6.78 m kWh529.10 bn kWh7.84 m kWh
Energy export:30.17 bn kWh3.47 m kWh61.41 bn kWh909,786.63 kWh
Energy imports:34.10 bn kWh3.92 m kWh19.90 bn kWh294,817.68 kWh
CO2 emissions:37.38 m t4,297.68 t300.52 m t4,452.19 t

Telecommunication

Details for Switzerland and France

 SwitzerlandFrance
International dialing:+41+33
Internet domain:.ch.fr

 CHE
total
CHE
per 1000
inh.
FRA
total
FRA
per 1000
inh.
Landlines:3,071,29635337,759,000559
Mobile cellulars:11,017,913126772,751,0001078
Internet server:5,301,00060917,266,000256
Internet users:8,193,25594257,239,443848
Broadband Internet:4,028,23846330,627,000454

Healthcare system

Details for Switzerland and France

 SwitzerlandFrance
Hospital beds per 1000 inh.:4.635.91
Physicians per 1000 inh.:4.243.23
Diabetes:5.7 %4.8 %
HIV:0.05 %0.17 %
Tuberculosis:0.05 ‰0.08 ‰
Tuberculosis cure rate:68.0 %12.0 %
Smokers:25.5 %33.4 %

Climate

We also provide a more detailed climate comparison of both countries.
The data for each country can be found here: Switzerland and France

 SwitzerlandFrance
Daytime temperatures:15.1 °C16.7 °C
Nighttime temperatures:6.3 °C7.9 °C
Water temperature:10.8 °C15.4 °C
Rel. humidity:76 %78 %
Rain days:9.58.9
Sunshine hours per day:5.25.4

Native languages

 SwitzerlandFrance
French:21.3 %93.6 %
German:62.5 %n/a
Italian:8.3 %0.4 %
Arabic:n/a2.5 %
Croatian:1.4 %n/a
Albanian:1.3 %n/a
Portuguese:1.2 %1.2 %
Spanish:1.1 %0.4 %
Romansh:0.5 %n/a
Turkish:n/a0.4 %
other:2.4 %1.5 %

Religions

 SwitzerlandFrance
Christianity:70.8 %64.0 %
Nondenominational:21.4 %24.0 %
Islam:4.9 %8.0 %
Jewry:0.2 %0.7 %
Buddhism:n/a0.6 %
other:2.7 %2.7 %


Data inventory and updates

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