When life is difficult, the individual does not always manage alone. Social protection helps people in need, whether it be… … the elderly, disabled people or simply those unable to work, such as after maternity. The law therefore provides for various social benefits such as… …old-age pensions or disability pensions, family allowances, unemployment allowance and social assistance. The law also provides for sources of funding such as social contributions. In Switzerland, monetary flows from social protection amount to several billion francs. In neighbouring countries, social protection is also very important from a financial perspective. In Switzerland, social protection expenditure amounts to approximately 26% of the GDP. Social contributions and health insurance premiums finance two thirds of social protection. The remaining third is mainly financed by the state. In terms of expenditure, three quarters of social benefits are intended for old-age and health care. The remaining quarter covers other social risks. In order to find out more on these financial flows, please see the Federal Statistical Office’s Total Social Security Accounts.