Achievement of the sustainable development goals set out in the 2030 Agenda can only be measured with the help of official statistics. These will be the key focus of the third United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) to be held in Bern from 18 to 21 October 2020.
In 2018, 272 700 persons in Switzerland received social assistance in the form of a financial benefit on at least one occasion. Both the number of social assistance recipients and the social assistance rate thus fell for the first time since 2008.
Overall, the pension funds have survived the sluggish stock markets of 2018. The negative net return on investments was largely offset by using 40% of the existing reserves for fluctuations in asset value.
The consumer price index remained stable in December 2019 compared with the previous month, remaining at 101.7 points. Inflation was +0.2% compared with the same month of the previous year. The average annual inflation reached +0.4% in 2019.
Chief data officers can now be found in all departments in the Federal Administration, Federal Chancellery and administrative services with a cross-sectional data-processing function. They serve as advocates for the implementation of the OGD strategy for 2019–2023.
The structural survey is a component of the Population Census and complements information obtained from registers with additional statistics on the structure of the population. In this survey, part of the population fill in a written questionnaire.