National results of the TSSA

Expenditure on social benefits

In Switzerland overall expenditure on social benefits tend to increase. This increase reflects, amongst other things, the structure of the Swiss social system and trends in the population's way of life: the country's demographic and economic growth also play an important role.
The rise in social expenditure may be more or less pronounced from one year to the next, also due to fluctuations in the economy (unemployment).

Development of expenditure for social benefits, at constant prices 2018 and in % of GDP, 1990 - 2018p
 

1990

2016

2017p

2018p

in CHF million

72 772

172 975

176 622

177 057

Per inhabitant, in CHF

10 836

20 658

20 897

20 795

In % of GDP

15.6%

25.7%

26.1%

25.7%

p: provisional data Source: Total social security accounts (TSSA), version 02.07.2020.

Receipts of the social security

The social protection system is funded by receipts which cover social benefit expenditure and administrative costs and other expenditure. The continual increase of receipts is, therefore, a reflection of the continual increase in expenditure. The receipts may fluctuate temporarily, influenced by the ups and downs of the financial markets and the real economy.
The decrease in receipts (-0.2%) between 2017 and 2018 is mainly due to the disability insurance. The additional financing of the disability insurance through 0.4 percentage points of VAT expired at the end of 2017.

Development of the social security receipts, at constant prices 2018, in % of GDP, 1990 - 2018p
 

1990

2016

2017p

2018p

In CHF millions

113 664

219 327

224 831

224 386

Per inhabitant, in CHF

16 926

26 193

26 601

26 354

In % of the GDP

24.3%

32.6%

33.2%

32.5%

p: provisional data Source: Total social security accounts (TSSA), version 02.07.2020.

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