Statistical data on public finances for 2016

Statistical data on public finances for 2016

The brochure issued by the Federal Finance Administration (FFA) provides at a glance information on the budgets of the Confederation, cantons, communes and social insurance, as well as an international comparison.

Public finances

Public finances

For the first time in two years, the government units ended 2015 in positive territory again. The good result was driven primarily by the high surpluses of the Confederation and the social security funds. A surplus can probably be expected in 2016 too.

Debt brake

Debt brake

As instructed by the Federal Council, the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) has appointed a group of experts to review the debt brake. It is to assess in a report how structural surpluses can be used to increase the leeway in the budget.

2016 financial statements

2016 financial statements

The federal budget ended 2016 with an ordinary surplus of around CHF 0.8 billion. A deficit would have arisen without the impact of negative interest rates.

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.

FFA vacancies

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06.03.2017 / 2015 State indicators

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

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