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)