Public finances 2018–2021

Public finances 2018–2021

In 2018 and 2019, the government units benefited from a favorable financial situation. All of the general government sub-sectors posted surpluses. From 2020, Swiss public finances will have to overcome the worst economic crisis in decades due to the COVID-19 crisis and will be significantly in the red.

2021 budget

2021 budget

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

Covid-19: Impact on federal finances

Covid-19: Impact on federal finances

The pandemic has had a profound impact on federal finances. However, Switzerland's low government debt means that it is well positioned.

Fiscal equalization 2021

Fiscal equalization 2021

The Federal Finance Administration (FFA) has determined the equalization payments of the individual cantons for 2021. Overall, the payments are down by CHF 76 million year on year to CHF 5.2 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.


28.09.2020 / 2020 State indicators

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

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