Updated July 28, 2017


  • Almost all of Switzerland’s electricity comes from hydroelectric dams and the country’s five nuclear reactors, which on their own account for 40 percent of its electricity mix. 

  • Electricity consumption in Switzerland has grown at about 2 percent per year since 1980, and continues to grow today.

  • In 2011 and again in 2017, Parliament mandated not to replace any of the country’s reactors, meaning that nuclear will be phased out gradually in the coming years. 

  • There are no future plans to construct new nuclear reactors, and the country annually imports a significant amount of electricity from neighboring France, Germany, and Austria. 

Banner photo credit: Lukas Schlagenhauf