Pray for: Switzerland

Flag for Switzerland

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Bern (admin); Lausanne (judical)
Population: 8,715,494
% Urban: 74 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 14.9 %
Official Language: German, French, Italian, Romansh
Languages: 26
Literacy Rate: 100 %
HDI Ranking: 2 / 189
% Christian: 75.8 %
% Evangelical: 4.4 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 75.8 %
People Groups: 40
Least Reached People Groups: 8
% Unevangelized: 4 %


Title: Switzerland

Tier: 1

Type: country

This exceptional nation now also struggles with the same social and spiritual issues of nearby lands. 80% of the population once participated in this direct democracy, but now voting turnout is down to 40%. Low birth rates and an older population put pressure on the pension system, and the nation requires high levels of immigration – something the Swiss continue to resist. Over 25% of the population are now foreign-born, and the mix of new ethnic and religious groups with traditional Swiss identity often causes problems. Pray for wisdom for leaders who must guide the country forward.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.