In 2020, the Confederation, cantons and communes spent CHF 40.8 billion on education. This amount corresponds to 16.2% of the total public expenditure and to 5.9% of the gross domestic product.
In Switzerland 91% of expenditure on education is incurred as current expenses, the remaining 9% as investments. With CHF 27.1 billion, 67% of total education expenditure is spent on staff salaries. In the distribution of public expenditure on education according to the degree of education compulsory schooling represents the most important part.
|in CHF millions||Switzerland||Confederation||Cantons||Communes|
|of which salaries||27'137||67%||2'395||18'417||6'325|
|Compulsory education and special schools||20'404||50%||23||9'609||10'771|
|Upper secondary level||5'880||14%||151||5'579||149|
Education is not always funded directly, but also in the form of contributions to the expenditure of other administrative levels. In 2020, for example, the Confederation invested a total of CHF 7.6 billion for education, of which CHF 4.6 billion have been spent directly and CHF 3.0 billion via the cantons.
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