More money for French-speaking cantons in Switzerland from 2020

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More money for French-speaking cantons in Switzerland from 2020

The Federal Council will send more money to Switzerland’s French-speaking cantons from 2020 onwards as part of the country’s financial equalisation policies.


German-speaking cantons - including the capital of Bern - will receive less federal money. 

The cantons of Vaud, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Valais and Jura will be allocated a greater amount of money, while Geneva will pay less despite being the only French-speaking canton with “high resource potential”. 

After contributing CHR299.8 million, Geneva will pay 274.9 million in 2020. 

More for French-speaking Switzerland 

Each of the following cantons is set to see an increase in what it receives. Fribourg shall receive CHF387.4 million (CHF380.6 million in 2019), Vaud CHF72.2 million (CHF65.9 million in 2019), Valais CHF759 million (against CHF730.2 million in 2019) Neuchâtel CHF237.8 million (CHF172.9 million in 2019) and Jura CHF167.5 million (CHF165.7 million in 2019).

The Swiss financial equalisation scheme has three different objectives: to assist cantons to improve their potential, to offset costs in expensive cantons and to prevent a deterioration of the financial situation in any canton. 

The equalisation framework is currently being reformed, with half to target socially disadvantaged groups and the other half to go to poorer cantons from 2022 onwards. 

German-speaking cantons to foot the bill

As the most economically powerful cantons, several German-speaking regions are set to pay more into the equalisation scheme - or receive less money as a result. 

Bern is set to receive CHF1.1012 billion against CHF1.1870 billion in 2019, while Zurich will continue to make the greatest contribution to the scheme. The central Swiss region of Zug will continue to make the highest per capita contribution (CHF2685). 


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