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Switzerland's Information

Flag of Switzerland
Land Area 39,997 km2
Water Area 1,280 km2
Total Area 41,277 km2
Population 8,179,294
Population Density 198.16 / km2
Government Type Federal Republic (Formally A Confederation)
GDP (PPP) $496.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $59,400
Currency Franc (CHF)
Largest Cities
  • Zurich (341,730)
  • Geneve (183,981)
  • Basel (164,488)
  • Bern (121,631)
  • Lausanne (116,751)
  • Winterthur (91,908)
  • Sankt Gallen (70,572)
  • Luzern (57,066)
  • Zuerich Kreis (54,260)
  • Biel/Bienne (48,614)
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


  • Jakob Abbadie theologian, writer
  • Paul Accola alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Mia ( Myriam) Aegerter singer, actress
  • Jacques-Laurent Agasse painter
  • Alexander Emmanuel Rodolphe Agassiz scientist, engineer
  • Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz paleontologist, glaciologist, geologist
  • Gilberto Agustoni prelate, cardinal-deacon
  • Martin Eric Ain musician, songwriter
  • Daniel Albrecht alpine skier
  • Henri Frederic Amiel philosopher
  • Cuno Amiet painter, sculptor
  • Jakob Ammann Anabaptist leader
  • Othmar Hermann Ammann structural engineer
  • Simon Ammann ski jumper, Olympic medalist
  • Thomas E. Ammann art dealer
  • Jakob Amsler-Laffon mathematician, physicist, engineer
  • Ursula Andress actress
  • Albert Samuel Anker painter, illustrator
  • Ernest Alexandre Ansermet conductor
  • Adolphe Appia architect, lighting and decor theorist
  • Werner Arber microbiologist, geneticist, Nobel laureate
  • Lys Assia singer
  • Rene Victor Auberjonois painter
  • Hans Wilhelm Auer architect
  • Johann Georg Baiter philologist
  • Carl Franz Bally founder Bally Show Co.
  • Chiara Banchini violinist
  • Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier archaeologist
  • Karl Barth theologian
  • Erwin Friedrich Baumann architect, sculptor
  • Peter Rene Cipiriano Baumann "D. J. Bobo" singer, songwriter
  • Jean-Francois Bergier historian
  • Hans Benno Bernoulli architect
  • Jacob Bernoulli mathematician
  • Johann Bernoulli mathematician
  • Melchior Berri architect
  • Madeleine Berthod alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Peter Bichsel writer, journalist
  • Oskar Bider aviation pioneer
  • Denise Biellmann figure skater
  • Peter Bieri writer, philosopher
  • Max Bill architect, artist, designer
  • Ludwig Binswanger psychiatrist
  • Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner physician, nutritional research pioneer
  • Silvio Blatter writer
  • Paul Eugen Bleuler psychiatrist
  • Felix Bloch physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Christoph Blocher politician, industrialist
  • Francois-Louis Bocion artist, teacher
  • Arnold Bocklin painter
  • Johann Georg Bodmer inventor
  • Johann Jakob Bodmer author, academic
  • Karl Bodmer painter
  • Charles Bonnet naturalist
  • Charles Victor de Bonstetten writer
  • Armand Borel mathematician
  • Daniel Borel co-founder Logitech
  • Francesco Borromini architect
  • Mario Botta architect
  • Nicolas Bouvier iconographer, photographer
  • Daniel Bovet pharmacologist, Nobel laureate
  • Abraham-Louis Breguet horologist
  • Ursula Bruhin snowboarder
  • Rudolf Brun leader of Zurich guilds' revolution
  • Pierre Victor,baron de Besenval de Brunstatt Swiss guard commander
  • Urs Buhler tenor
  • Heinrich Bullinger protestant reformer
  • Carl Jacob Christoph Burckhardt historian
  • Johann Ludwig Burckhardt traveler, orientalist, writer
  • Hermann Burger poet, novelist
  • Erika Burkart writer, poet
  • Johann Buttikofer zoologist
  • Francois-Louis Cailler first producer Swiss chocolate
  • Alexandre Calame painter
  • Fabian Cancellara bicycle racer
  • Gaudenz Canova socialist
  • Charles Victor Cherbuliez novelist
  • Jacques Chessex author, painter
  • Louis-Joseph Chevrolet co-founder Chevrolet Motor Company
  • Etienne Claviere financier, politician
  • Arthur Cohn film producer
  • Alfred Comte aviation pioneer
  • Benjamin Constant writer, politician
  • Michael Corboz conductor
  • Georges Marie Martin Cottier cardinal
  • Ernst Cramer architect
  • Jean Crotti painter
  • Justus Dahinden architect
  • Rachel Kolly d'Alba violinist
  • Erich von Daniken author
  • Philippe Decourroux songwriter
  • Joseph Deiss politician, economist
  • Jean-Andre Deluc geologist, meteorologist
  • Henri Des singer, songwriter
  • Dimitri clown, mime
  • Elie Ducommun peace activist, Nobel laureate
  • Armand Dufaux aviation pioneer
  • Jean Dunand sculptor, lacquer artist
  • Henry Dunant social activist, founder International Committee of the Red Cross, Nobel laureate
  • Annemarie Duringer actress
  • Friedrich Durrenmatt author, dramatist
  • Andy Egert musician
  • Oscar Egg bicycle racer
  • Hans Erni painter, sculptor
  • Richard Ernst chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Alfred Escher politician, railway entrepreneur
  • Leonhard Euler mathematician, physicist
  • Johann Augustanus Faber theologian
  • Ernest Failloubaz aviation pioneer
  • Louis Favre civil engineer
  • Roger Federer tennis player
  • Jurg Federspiel writer

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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

F continued

  • Phillip Emmanuel von Fellenberg educator
  • Michela Figini alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Edwin Fischer pianist, conductor
  • Marcel Fischer fencer, Olympic medalist
  • Thomas Gabriel Fischer singer, musician
  • Theodosius Florentini Capuchin monk
  • Nicholas of Flue patron saint of Switzerland
  • Carlo Fontana architect
  • Domenico Fontana architect
  • Auguste Forel myrmecologist, psychiatrist, neuroanatomist
  • Francois-Alphonse Forel scientist, founder of limnology
  • Albert Frey architect
  • Tanja Friedan snowboarder, Olympic medalist
  • Max Frisch playwright, novelist
  • Gaston Frommel theologian
  • Henry Fuseli painter
  • Johann Caspar Fussli painter
  • Albert Gallatin former U.S. secretary of treasury
  • Hans Gerschwiler figure skater, Olympic medalist
  • Jacques Gerschwiler figure skater, coach
  • Arnold Gerschwiler figure skating coach
  • Conrad Gessner naturalist, bibliographer
  • Salomon Gessner painter, poet
  • Alberto Giacometti painter, sculptor
  • Hans Rudlof "Ruedi" Giger painter
  • Domenico Gilardi architect
  • Friedrich Glauser writer
  • Charles Albert Gobat lawyer, politician, Nobel laureate
  • Claude Goretta television producer, film director
  • Jeremias Gotthelf novelist
  • Rene Grandjean aviation pioneer
  • Peter-Lukas Graf flautist
  • Anton Graff painter
  • Eugene Grasset artist
  • Andre Guignard engineer, mobile robot creator
  • Charles Edouard Guillaume physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Henri Guisan army general
  • Willi Gutmann sculptor
  • Ernst Haefliger tenor
  • Albrecht von Haller anatomist, naturalist, physiologist
  • Eveline Hasler writer
  • Markus Hediger writer, translator
  • Franz Heinzer alpine skier
  • Jeanne Hersch philosopher
  • Hans Herzog army general
  • Johann Jakob Herzog theologian
  • Erika Hess alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Walter Rudolf Hess physiologist, Nobel laureate
  • Carl Hilty philosopher, lawyer
  • Albert Hofmann scientist, chemist
  • Franz Hohler author
  • Heinz Holliger composer, conductor, oboist
  • Baron Jean-Conrad Hottinguer banker
  • Eugen Huber jurist, creator Swiss civil code of 1907
  • Francois Huber naturalist
  • Max Huber graphic designer
  • Hans-Werner Hunziker psychologist, scientist
  • Michelle Hunziker actress, singer
  • Otto Frederick Hunziker pioneer dairy industry
  • Philippe Huttenlocher baritone
  • Philippe Jaccottet poet, translator
  • Michael Jarrell composer
  • Pierre Jeauneret architect
  • Zoe Jenny writer
  • Antoine-Henri Jomini military general, writer
  • Carl Jung psychiatrist
  • Emma Jung psycho-analyst, author


  • Angelica Kauffman painter
  • Christophe Keckeis chief Swiss Armed Forces
  • Gottfried Keller writer
  • Marthe Keller actress
  • Bruno Kernen alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Paul Klee painter
  • Hugo Koblet cyclist
  • Emil Theodor Kocher physician, researcher, Nobel laureate
  • Xavier Koller film director, screenwriter
  • Elizabeth Kopp politician
  • Christian Kracht novelist
  • Elisabeth Kubler-Ross psychiatrist, author
  • Jorg Kuhn artist, naturalist
  • Hans Kung theologian
  • Mathis Kunzler actor
  • Andreas Kuttel ski jumper
  • Stephane Lambiel figure skater, choreographer, Olympic medalist
  • Henri Lauener philosopher
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater poet, physiognomist
  • William Lescaze architect
  • Moritz Leuenberger politician
  • Pepe Lienhard band leader, musician
  • Albert Lindegger painter
  • Hugo Loetscher writer
  • Peter Luscher alpine skier
  • Carl Lutz diplomat
  • Elmar Mader Swiss guard commander
  • Ella Maillart adventurer, travel writer
  • Robert Maillart civil engineer
  • Niklaus Manuel painter
  • Jean-Paul Marat physician, political theorist, scientist
  • Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac chemist
  • Jurg Marquard journalist, publisher
  • Frank Martin composer
  • Mani Matter singer, songwriter
  • Jojo Mayer drummer
  • Michael Mayor astrophysicist
  • Dieter Meier musician, conceptual artist
  • Arnold von Melchtal legendary founder of Switzerland
  • Christian Menn bridge designer
  • Conrad Ferdinand Meyer poet, novelist
  • Hannes Meyer architect
  • Max Miedinger typeface designer
  • Henrich Menu von Minutoli military officer, explorer, archaeologist
  • Walter Mittelholzer aviation pioneer
  • Patrick Moraz musician
  • Jean-Marc Moret archaeologist, art historian
  • Giuseppe Motta politician
  • Johannes von Muller historian
  • Josef Muller-Brockman graphic designer, teacher
  • Karl Alexander Muller physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Nicholas Muller snowboarder

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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

M continued

  • Paul Herman Muller chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Peter Muller alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Adolf Muschg writer
  • Oswald Myconius teacher, preacher
  • Marie-Theres Nadig alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Jacques Necker French statesman
  • Claude Nicollier astronaut
  • Auguste de Niederhausern "Rodo" sculptor
  • Juste Olivier poet, translator
  • Johann Caspar von Orelli classical scholar
  • Konrad Osterwalder physicist, politician
  • Daniele Pantano poet
  • Paracelsus physician, botanist, astrologer
  • Maya Pedersen-Bieri skeleton racer, Olympic medalist
  • Vincent Perez actor
  • Dominik Perler philosopher
  • Carlos Peron musician
  • Manuela Pesko snowboarder
  • Hans A. Pestalozzi social critic
  • Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi pedagogue, educational reformer
  • Daniel Peter chocolatier, first to make milk chocolate
  • Oskar Pfister minister, psychoanalyst
  • Georges Piaget watchmaker
  • Jean Piaget psychologist, philosopher
  • Auguste Piccard explorer, inventor, physicist
  • Bertrand Piccard balloonist
  • Jean Piccard balloonist, chemist, engineer
  • Raoul Pictet physicist, first to liquefy nitrogen
  • Michael Plancherel mathematician
  • Carla Del Ponte prosecutor
  • Adolf Portmann zoologist
  • Walter Prager alpine skier
  • Fritz Puempin painter
  • Liselotte Pulver actress
  • Eugene Rambert author
  • Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz writer
  • Clay Regazzoni race car driver
  • Werner Reinhart industrialist, philanthropist
  • Eugene Renevier geologist
  • Georges de Rham mathematician
  • Beat Richner pediatrician, founder childrens' hospitals in Cambodia
  • Alice Rivaz author
  • Heinrich Rohrer physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Hermann Rorschach psychiatrist, developer inkblot test
  • Marc Rosset tennis player, Olympic medalist
  • Yves Rossy pilot, inventor
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau philosopher, writer
  • Bernhard Russi alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Jacqes Sablet painter
  • Ferdinand de Saussure linguist
  • Horace-Benedict de Saussure physicist
  • Jakob Schaffner novelist
  • Johann Jakob Scheuchzer scholar
  • Daniel Schmid film director
  • Vreni Schneider alpine ski racer, Olympic medalist
  • Patty Schnyder tennis player
  • Othmar Schoeck composer, conductor
  • Frithjof Schuon philosopher, author, metaphysician
  • Henri Schwery cardinal, bishop
  • Louis Secretan lawyer, mycologist
  • Thabo Sefolosha basketball player
  • Philippe Senderos footballer
  • Ludwig Senfl composer
  • Michel Simon actor
  • Eduard Spelterini balloonist, aerial photographer
  • Carl Spitteler poet, Nobel laureate
  • Johanna Spyri author of Heidi
  • Peter Stamm writer
  • Albert Steffen poet, dramatist, essayist
  • Emil Steinberger comedian, actor
  • Theophile Steinlen painter, printmaker
  • Mark Streit hockey player
  • Philippe Suchard chocolatier, industrialist
  • Martin Suter author
  • Harald Szeemann curator, art historian
  • Sophie Taeuber-Arp artist, sculptor
  • Alain Tanner film director
  • William Tell legendary folk hero
  • Martin Tillman composer, cellist
  • Jean Tinguely painter, sculptor
  • Rodolphe Topffer author, cartoonist, caricature artist
  • Domenico Trezzini architect
  • Bernard Tschumi architect
  • Felix Vallotton painter, printmaker
  • Silvio Varviso conductor
  • Alexandre Vinet theologian
  • Pierre Viret theologian
  • Lukas Vischer artist, traveler, collector
  • Andreas Vollenweider musician
  • Maria Walliser alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Robert Walser writer
  • Silja Walter author, Benedictine nun
  • Stanislas Wawrinka tennis player
  • August Wenzinger cellist, conductor
  • Markus Werner author
  • Johann Jakob Wettstein theologian
  • Jean Wicki bobsledder, Olympic medalist
  • Niklaus Wirth computer scientist, programming languages designer
  • Kurt Wuthrich chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Daniel Albert Wyttenbach scholar
Y - Z
  • Alexandre Yersin physician, bacteriologist
  • Rolf M. Zinkernagel immunologist, Nobel laureate
  • Roland Zoss songwriter, novelist
  • John Joachim Zubly pastor, statesman
  • Peter Zumthor architect
  • Matthias Zurbriggen alpinist, mountain guide
  • Pirmin Zurbriggen alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Silvan Zurbriggen alpine skier, Olympic medalist
  • Theodor Zwinger physician, scholar
  • Huldrych Zwingli reformation leader, theologian
  • Alberich Zwyssig Cistercia monk, composer Swiss national anthem

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