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?


Photo Photo Château de Chillon


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.


For more information on statistics in the Canton of Vaud

Statistique VAUD 

Chiffres clés canton de Vaud

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