Tax burden

Tax burden 

In two thirds of the cantons, the tax burden has remained stable or has dropped relative to the last reference year. On average in Switzerland, the cantons and municipalities utilize 25.4% of their resource potential by means of taxes.

New profit distribution agreement

New profit distribution agreement

Subject to a positive distribution reserve, the Swiss National Bank will in future pay CHF 1 billion p.a. to the Confederation and cantons, as was previously the case.

Vollgeld initiative


Vollgeld initiative

The Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the popular initiative "For crisis-resistant money: end fractional-reserve banking (Vollgeld initiative)". It recommends rejecting the initiative without a counterproposal.


Fiscal equalization 2017

Fiscal equalization 2017

Overall, the fiscal equalization payments are up by CHF 55 million year on year, and amount to almost CHF 5 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.

Reporting / Key figures

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National fiscal equalization

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

Data basis

FFA vacancies

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29.02.2016 / 2014 State indicators

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

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