Public finances 2014-2017

Public finances 2014-2017

For the second year in succession, the general government ended 2014 in negative territory. The situation eased a little in 2015, particularly as a result of the Confederation's good results. The general government is likely to post small surpluses also in 2016 and 2017.

2017 budget


2017 budget is now online

The 2017 budget is now posted on the website of the Federal Finance Administration (FFA).


2016 extrapolation

2016 extrapolation

Negative interest rates lead to higher advance payments of direct federal tax, delayed refund requests for withholding tax and higher premiums on Confederation bonds. As a result of these special factors, there is a surplus of CHF 1.7 billion for 2016.

Long-term sustainability of public finances

Long-term sustainability of public finances  

The report on the long-term sustainability of public finances in Switzerland is being published for the third time, following on from 2008 and 2012. The report is issued by the Federal Department of Finance and shows the impact of demographic developments on the public finances up until 2045.

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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