TN 4 (04-01)
GN 01709.010 Overview of the Swiss Social Security System
The Swiss Social Security system provides a wide range of benefits including retirement,
survivors and disability benefits. To qualify for Swiss benefits, a worker must meet
minimum length-of-coverage or recency-of-work requirements that vary depending on
the type of benefit. Some benefits may be paid with as little as 1 year of contributions.
Benefit amounts are based on the length of time the worker contributed to the Swiss
system as well as the level of his/her earnings.