Vaud: Facts & Figures
The life of a canton can also be expressed in figures, percentages, kilograms, population statistics or any other unit of measurement. These serve to track its development at a variety of levels. The Canton of Vaud publishes statistics for its ten constituent regions under more than 20 main headings.
Did you know…?
- 25,000 students and researchers at the University and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale are creating Switzerland's largest campus in Lausanne?
- In 1819 François-Louis Cailler founded a chocolate factory near Vevey. This is Switzerland's oldest chocolate factory still in production?
- The canton has over 80 museums dedicated to the fine arts, the sciences, history and subjects as wide-ranging as sport, photography, games and food?
- The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1915, Lausanne officially became the Olympic capital in 1994?
- Canton Vaud recorded 2,655,696 overnight hotel stays in 2014, a 2% increase (plus 53,193 nights) compared to 2013. This is the best result achieved since 1992 when the FSO database was created?
- Chillon Castle is Switzerland's most visited historical monument, attracting over 350,000 visitors a year?
The figures keep coming
- The 4th largest Swiss canton in terms of size, the Canton of Vaud also has the highest population of the cantons in French-speaking Switzerland with over 743,300 inhabitants (9.2% of the Swiss population).
- The first motorway, connecting Lausanne and Geneva, was opened in 1964. The canton has 206 km of motorway and 2,126 km of cantonal highway.
- A cosmopolitan population – 32% of Vaud's population are foreign nationals.
- The Canton of Vaud has 1,900 high-tech companies, employing over 52,000 people (around 15% of the working population)
- 36 international sporting federations and 19 such organisations provide over 1,500 jobs, contributing 200 million Swiss francs in economic benefits for the region.