View from the roof top of the FSIO

Welcome to the website of the Federal Social Insurance Office FSIO

The Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) is the national centre of expertise on policies related to old-age, invalidity and the family. It plans, manages and monitors the corresponding social insurance systems to ensure that they function effectively. The FSIO also initiates and coordinates reciprocal social security agreements with other countries. The Swiss Confederation spends about one third of its budget on social welfare. In recent years this amounted to about CHF 20 billion.


There is only a limited choice of information available in English. The overview below indicates where to find information of particular relevance to the English-speaking community.

Latest News/ Press releases

All Federal Social Insurance Office press releases are published in German, French and Italian. Please consult the contents page for available language versions.

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Federal Social Insurance Office 
Effingerstrasse 20
CH-3003 Bern
Tel. +41 58 462 90 11
Fax +41 58 462 78 80


United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU (Brexit)

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. With regard to matters of social insurance, the agreements and rulings currently in place between Switzerland and the United Kingdom will remain valid until 31 December 2020. How the social security systems are coordinated with one another thereafter is yet to be defined. Rights existing currently or acquired up to 31 December 2020 are protected by an agreement between Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


Journal «Soziale Sicherheit»

The «Social Security» CHSS is the journalistic platform of the Federal Social Insurance Office. “Soziale Sicherheit” appears in German and French.

«Soziale Sicherheit» (in German)

«Sécurité sociale» (in French)


History of social security

Dive into the history of social security in Switzerland.