Social security

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Recipients of social benefits

Swiss statistics on social assistance recipients

Despite economic growth, the number of people receiving social assistance varied little between 2005 and 2017.
The main groups at risk are persons with no post-compulsory education, children, foreign nationals, single-parent families and persons living

Occupational pension plans

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.

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Statistical sources and concepts

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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

Old age provision reports

Description of access to the old age provision system as well as a general overview of the situation of the senior population in Switzerland.


Federal Statistical Office
Section Social Analyses
Social Welfare

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