MONET – Public debt

The freedom of action of future generations should not be limited

A high debt ratio is a burden on both current and future generations, since interest payments to service the debt tie up substantial capital. The level of debt is considered to be high when the state can no longer, or only partly, fulfil its central tasks.

After an increase, the public debt has returned to the level it reached in 1992
  • The debt ratio of public authorities rose in the 1990s. However, in recent years the amount of debt fell again.
  • In 2017, the total debt of the Swiss Confederation, cantons, communes and social security amounted to almost CHF 200 billion.
  • The Confederation is responsible for 48% of the total debt, the cantons for approximately 28%, the communes for approximately 23% and social security for approximately 1%.



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