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SWITZERLAND: Basic Income would cost only 25 billion, government report shows

Swiss government has released a new report showing the implementation of a basic income in Switzerland would cost far less than it had previously anticipated.

On March 11th, the Swiss Ministry of Social Security released a new calculation of the cost of a universal basic income. According to the latest estimates, a UBI would cost the country only 25 billion Swiss francs. This is substantial revision from previous estimates, which had put the cost as high as 154 billion Swiss francs.

The revised calculation will likely increase the appeal of a UBI as the country approaches a referendum election on June 5th, in which a basic income is one of five propositions that will be voted on.

According to the basic income proponents in Switzerland, the introduction of a basic income would only cost 2 billion francs.


Swiss Government Reveals New Basic Income Calculations,” 17 March 2016, Basic Income Switzerland. (The article includes link to the official document, in German.)

Image Credit: “Shifting to Francs” by Storm Crypt (Flickr, creative commons), 6 April 2009.

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Kate McFarland

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I was a statistician, then a philosopher, then a journalist for a certain Basic Income News, and I have never been the sort to wed myself to any specific position or career path. (I have always chosen to remain in the precariat for this reason: my sense of duty is strong enough that I’d risk imperiling my own self-development if I were to accept a permanent position.) If you want to learn more about what I’m about, and how I see my ideal roles in the basic income community going forth, read the “cover letter” of sorts that is my Patreon homepage (updated November 2017).

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