Total social security accounts

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Social protection in Switzerland: financial results 2017

In 2017, expenditure on social benefits totalled CHF 175 billion (+2.2% on 2016). This amount represented 26.1% 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 2017, they totalled CHF 175 billion, equal to 26.1% 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-28), 2016 and 2017p
  2016 2017p
25.8%
26.1%

    of which old age

10.9% 11.1%

    of which sickness/health care

8.0% 8.3%

    of which other risks or needs

6.8% 6.8%
27.1% ...

    of which old age

10.9%
...

    of which sickness/health care

8.0%
...

    of which other risks or needs

8.2%
...
... not available
p provisional
Source: Eurostat - European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS) version 04.12.2018 & FSO - Total Social Security Accounts (TSSA), version 04.07.2019.

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