Public finances 2018–2020

Public finances 2018–2020

In 2018 to 2020, the financial situation of the general government sector is pleasantly positive, with the Confederation, cantons and social security funds able to achieve some high surpluses.

2020 budget

2020 budget

The 2020 budget with integrated task and financial plan for 2021 to 2023 is now available.



The first extrapolation for 2019 is available. The seven most important questions and answers on this.

Fiscal equalization 2020

Fiscal equalization 2020

The Federal Finance Administration (FFA) has determined the equalization payments of the individual cantons for 2020. Overall, the payments have risen by CHF 61 million year on year to just under CHF 5.3 billion.

Key topics

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Debt brake

The rule not to spend more than you earn ensures a sustainable fiscal policy.

Debt brake

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Federal budget

Public finances at federal level – a transparent financial report provides detailed information on the Federal Treasury's receipts and expenditure

Federal finances at a glanceState financial statements


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Financial statistics

Public finances at general government level (Confederation, cantons, communes and social security funds) allow for national and international comparisons.

DataOverview of government finances

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National fiscal equalization

Various equalization mechanisms (e.g. resource equalization and cost compensation) reduce the cantonal differences and increase efficiency.

FFA vacancies

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Data centre

Are you looking for figures on the federal budget? You can view graphical data series in our data centre.


93.690 mn

05.09.2019 / 2017 State indicators

Deficit/surplus ratio (% GDP)
Tax-to-GDP ratio (% GDP)
General government expenditure ratio (% GDP)
Debt ratio (% GDP)

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