Fiscal equalization

Fiscal equalization

A new working paper by the Federal Finance Administration shows how binding targets could curb healthcare expenditure growth.

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 withholding tax receipts.

2019 budget is now online

budget is now online

The 2019 budget is posted in electronic format on the website of the Federal Finance Administration (FFA). The hard copy will be released in mid-September.

2018 extrapolation

2018 extrapolation

The Confederation is reckoning on a surplus of approximately CHF 2.3 billion for 2018, whereas CHF 0.3 billion was originally expected.

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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06.09.2018 / 2016 State indicators

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

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