07.01.2020 - Fiscal policy increasingly has to deal with the challenges of the future. The long-term sustainability report examines the implications of foreseeable demographic trends on Switzerland's public finances in the long term. The third edition of the brochure was published in April 2016. Its time horizon extends to 2045. If the country's demographics, immigration and economy develop as assumed in the scenarios, the general government expenditure ratio (government expenditure as a proportion of GDP) will increase from the current 32% to 36% in 2045. The significant need for action on the part of the cantons and communes is due to expenditure pressure in the healthcare and long-term care sectors.
An updated edition based on new demographic scenarios of the Federal Statistical Office will be published in spring 2020.