Social security

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Swiss statistics on social assistance recipients

Despite economic growth, the number of people receiving social assistance varied little between 2005 and 2015.
The main groups at risk are persons with no post-compulsory education, children, foreign nationals, single-parent families and persons living

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Pension funds statistics

The pension fund statistics provide an overview of the current situation and developments in occupational pension funds in Switzerland. The survey is conducted exclusively among pension fund institutions governed by public or private law. It is used as a source of data for the national accounts and the total social security accounts.

The main figures

Main results about social security




Social assistance rate


Social assistance statistics 2015

Number of social assistance recipients


Social assistance statistics 2015

Share of foreigners among social assistance recipients


Social assistance statistics  2015

Expenditure on financial social assistance

2588,3 Mio. CHF

Means-tested social benefits: financial statistics 2014

Rate of social assistance broadly defined


Social assistance statistics

Total expenditure for benefits of the social security system, as a percentage of GDP


Total social security accounts 2014

Total 2nd pillar pensions paid in 2015

34.2 Mia. CHF

Statistics of pension funds 2015

Total number of 2nd pillar pension recipients

1.13 Mio.

Statistics of pension funds 2015

Number of early retirements in Switzerland (according to personnel statements)


Swiss Labour Force Survey 2012

Rate of supplementary benefit recipients, AVS/AHV pensioners


Supplementary benefits statistics 2015

Sources: Social assistance statistics, Means-tested social benefits: financial statistics, Inventory of means-tested social benefits, Swiss Labour Force Survey, Population and Households Statistics

Further information

Statistical sources and concepts

On this topic

Total social security accounts

Synthesis statistic on the funding of social protection in Switzerland and Europe.

Occupational pension plans

The purpose of occupational pension funds is, together with AHV/AVS, to enable old, disabled or widowed persons to maintain their previous standard of living.

Social insurance

For residents living and working in Switzerland, the social insurances cover risks for which the financial consequences would be too great.

Social assistance

Presentation of social assistance benefit recipients in the cantons by relevant inventory and expenditure.

Social reports

Analysis of relationship between the components of the social protection system and economic and social context to determine social risks


Federal Statistical Office Sections Social Analyses and Social Welfare
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