National accounts

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Main indicators of the national accounts, percentage change over previous year
Main indicators 2014 2015p 2016p
At current prices
Gross domestic product 1.8 0.6 0.8
Domestic demand 1.8 0.9 1.4
At prices of preceding year
Gross domestic product 2.4 1.2 1.4
Domestic demand 1.9 1.8 1.9
p: provisional Source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office, National Accounts

The national accounts are an accounting framework which makes it possible to describe in a detailed and systematic way a country's economy, its components, and its relations with other economies.  The Swiss National Accounts are based on the "European system of national and regional accounts" in its 2010 version (ESA 2010) which itself is compatible with the 2008 "System of National Accounts" (SNA 2008).

The accounting framework also includes the provision of quarterly and regional accounts. In Switzerland, the quarterly accounts are under the responsibility of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), as are economic forecasts.

The best known aggregate from the national accounts is the gross domestic product (GDP). This measures the wealth (value added) that has been created by economic activity on national territory. However, GDP is not an indicator of a society's well-being. The FSO has developed an indicator system that provides a more complete picture of Switzerland's societal, environmental and economic performance:

Système d'indicateurs "Mesure du bien-être" (in French)

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Gross Domestic Product

Information on gross domestic product (GDP) and its distribution according to three approaches, as well as per capital GDP

Sequence of accounts

Sequences of accounts in the national economy as well as in institutional sectors, at current prices and growth rates at previous year's prices

Production account

Production account, Output and value added by economic activity and sector

General government

Sequence of national accounts for public administration, including its main aggregates, such as state expenditure by function, deficit and savings.

Investment, consumption expenditure

Information on the total economy investments and consumption expenditure of private households

Gross domestic product per canton and region

Regional indicators: GDP by major region and canton, GVA by canton and economic activity, cantonal per capita GDP


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