Islam in Switzerland

The Ahmadiyya mosque in Zurich (built in 1963).

Islam in Switzerland has mostly arrived via immigration since the late 20th century. Numbering below 1% of total population in 1980, the fraction of Muslims in the population of permanent residents in Switzerland has quintupled in thirty years, estimated at just above 5% as of 2013.[2]A majority is from Former Yugoslavia (estimated at 56% as of 2010, most of them from Kosovo); an additional 20% (2010 estimate) is from Turkey.The vast majority of Muslims in Switzerland adheres to the Sunni branch.[3] Some famous Muslims of Switzerland include Tariq Ramadan, Frithjof Schuon, Titus Burckhardt and Isabelle Eberhardt.


The largest concentration of Muslim population is in the German speaking Swiss plateau. The cantons with more than 5% Muslim population are:[4]

Geneva is the only non-German-speaking canton where the Muslim population (6.24%) is slightly above the average (5.40%).[4] Another remarkable demographic feature in comparison to other European countries is the relatively equal distribution throughout the country[not in citation given][5] (compare Islam in the United Kingdom). No administrative unit has more than 8.55%[citation needed] of Muslim population, and no town or village more than 16.8%.[citation needed] The lowest percentage of Muslims in a canton is 1.82%[citation needed] (the Italian-speaking Ticino).

88.3% of Muslims in Switzerland are foreigners (56.4% from former Yugoslavia, mostly Bosniaks, and Albanians from Kosovo), 20.2% from Turkey and 6% from Africa (3.4% from North Africa).[6] 10,000 of the 400,000 Muslims could be converts.[7]