Total social security accounts

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Social protection in Switzerland: financial results 2016

In 2016, expenditure on social benefits totalled CHF 170 billion (+3.3% on 2015). This amount represented 25.8% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

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What are the Total Social Security Accounts?

This synthesis statistic on the funding of social protection is based on a method and concepts developed in cooperation with the European Union's statistical office (Eurostat).

At a glance

The social protection system covers risks and needs related to unforeseeable life events. Social insurances, as well the public authorities, guarantee the majority of social benefits in Switzerland. In 2016, they totalled CHF 170 billion, equal to 25.8% of the GDP. Benefits related to old age and Sickness/Health care are the largest in monetary terms. The same holds true at European level.

Expenditures for social benefits in % of GDP, in Switzerland and in the European Union (EU-15), 2015 and 2016
  2015p 2016p

    of which old age

10.6% 10.9%

    of which sickness/health care

7.8% 8.0%

    of which other risks or needs

6.8% 6.9%
28.3% ...

    of which old age

8.5% ...

    of which sickness/health care

11.3% ...

    of which other risks or needs

8.6% ...
... not available
p provisional
Source: Eurostat - European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS) version 03.03.2018 & FSO - Total Social Security Accounts (TSSA), version 21.06.2018.

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National results of the TSSA

Key figures on the funding of social protection in Switzerland

International results of the TSSA

Key figures on the funding of social protection in Switzerland and in European comparison.


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