Family allowances

The new Federal Law on family allowances is valid since the 1st of January 2009. Pursuant to the Federal Law on Family Allowances, the following minimum allowances shall be disbursed per child, per month:

  • a child allowance of CHF 200 for children up to the age of 16;
  • an education and training allowance of CHF 250 for children aged 16 to 25.

Many cantons pay higher allowances. The following are eligible for family allowances: salaried employees, the self-employed (from 1 January 2013), and low-income individuals who are not in gainful employment. Special rules apply to agricultural workers.


Family allowances are financed exclusively by the employers (except for the canton of Valais), usually as a percentage of wages.

Statistical Data

The main data on financing family allowances can be found at the Federal Social Insurance Office. Information on legislation, on family allowance projects and current news can be found on the same website.

Further information



Federal Statistical Office Section Income, Consumption and Living Conditions
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
+41 58 463 64 21



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