Debt brake

Debt brake

The Federal Council discussed an adjustment to the debt brake. What is the aim of this instrument and how does it work?

Public finances 2017-2019

Public finances 2017-2019

In 2017 to 2019, the financial situation of the public sector is pleasantly positive. Especially in the case of the Confederation, large surpluses can be achieved thanks to high receipts from withholding tax and direct federal tax.

2018 consolidated financial statements

2018 consolidated financial statements

The federal consolidated financial statements ended the year with a surplus of CHF 5.7 billion, representing a drop of 3.1 billion on the previous year.



The Federal Council has published the detailed results for 2018. Five frequently asked questions and answers about the surplus.

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.


25.04.2019 / 2017 State indicators

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

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