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Expenditure and receipts of social protection schemes and pension beneficiaries, Slovenia, 2017

Total expenditure on social protection, standing at almost a quarter of GDP, up in 2017

EUR 9,728 million was spent on social protection schemes in Slovenia in 2017. Most of it was spent on old age, on sickness and health care. Social contributions were the major source of funding with two thirds.

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In 2017, an increase in total expenditure for social protection

EUR 9,728 million was spent on social protection schemes in Slovenia in 2017, which is 3.5% more than in 2016. The increase in total expenditure was marked the most by higher expenditure in the sickness and health care function, the old age function and the family and children function.

In 2017, too, almost a quarter of GDP for social protection

In 2017, 22.6% of GDP was spent on social protection, which is 0.7 of a percentage point less than in 2016. So, despite nominal growth of social protection expenditure in 2017, its share in GDP decreased mainly due to higher nominal growth of GDP.

In 2017, the order of functions for which the largest share of GDP was spent (around 19%) was the same as a year before, yet with slightly different shares. Namely: old age (9.2%; 0.4 of a percentage point lower GDP share than in the previous year), sickness and health care (7.6%; the same share), and family and children (1.8%; 0.1 of a percentage point higher GDP share).

In the total structure of social protection, in 2017 the share for family and children function with the most notable increase

In 2017, the greatest amount (i.e. EUR 3,969 million or a little more than two fifths of total expenditure for social benefits) was spent on the old age function. Compared to the previous year, the share was 0.4 of a percentage point lower. Then ranked the sickness and health care function (0.7 of a percentage point higher) with EUR 3,253 million or a third of total expenditure. The share of expenditure for family and children increased the most notably in comparison with the previous year, by 0.8 of a percentage point; followed by survivors’ and disability functions. In total about 6% was spent on the social exclusion not elsewhere classified, unemployment and housing (subsidies for housing rent).

Compared to the previous year, in 2017 expenditure grew for these functions: family and children (by 13.8%), followed by sickness and health care (by 5.8%), and old age (by 2.5%). On the other hand, expenditure for functions unemployment, disability and survivors’ decreased.

The largest, two-thirds source of funding social protection schemes were social contributions

In 2017, social contributions amounted to EUR 6,670 million or slightly more than two thirds of receipts for social protection schemes. The largest part of those was social contributions of the insured persons (EUR 4,016 million or 41.9%), followed by social contributions of the employers (EUR 2,654 million or 27.7%). Both shares together increased compared to the previous year (by 1.4 p. p.), mainly as the result of the decrease in general government contributions (from EUR 2,824 million to EUR 2,779 million or by 1.6 p.p. in share).

About the same number of pension beneficiaries compared to 2016

In accordance with the European ESSPROS methodology, the number of pension beneficiaries in 2017 was 639,918 or about the same as in the previous year. In the context of individual pension categories, the number of beneficiaries of old age pensions and survivors’ pensions increased over the previous year (by 0.9% and 0.3%, respectively), while the number of beneficiaries of disability pensions decreased (by 9.2%).
Receipts of social protection schemes, Slovenia, 2017
Receipts of social protection schemes, Slovenia, 2017
Source: SURS
Expenditure and receipts of social protection schemes, Slovenia
mio. EUR
Expenditure - total1)9,3989,728
  social benefits9,2479,572
    cash social benefits6,1386,215
    social benefits in kind3,1093,357
  administration costs143145
  other expenditure911
Receipts - total1)9,2229,588
  social contributions6,2886,670
    employers' social contributions2,5142,654
    social contributions by the protected persons3,7744,016
  general government contributions2,8242,779
  other receipts111139
1) Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
Source: SURS
Expenditure for social benefits by social protection functions (risks), Slovenia
mio. EUR%% of GDP1)mio. EUR%% of GDP1)
  sickness/health care3,07533.37.63,25334.07.6
  old age3,87341.99.63,96941.59.2
  social exclusion not elsewhere classified2863.10.72893.00.7
1) Expenditure for social protection as percentage of GDP is calculated on the basis of the last available data on GDP (First Release; 31 August 2018; https://www.stat.si/StatWeb/en/News/Index/7625).
2) Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
Source: SURS
Pension beneficiaries1), Slovenia
Pension beneficiaries
  of old age, disability and survivors' pension 2)639,962639,918
Beneficiaries by individual pension category
  old age519,114523,720
1) Data are in accordance with the European methodology ESSPROS.
2) Within this category the beneficiary is counted only once even if it can receive both right at the same time (so, if beneficiary receives the old age pension and widows' part, he/she is counted only within old age pension category). It is not the sum of individual pension categories as beneficiary can receive more than one pension.
3) Survivors' category includes family, widows' and part of widows' pensions.
Source: SURS
1. Data on the number of pension beneficiaries represent an additional module within the ESSPROS methodology. For the module the same methodological rules apply as for the core system (especially concerning the old age function and classifying into a certain function of social protection or in this case a pension category), except that this module does not include all programs, but only those which relate to pensions, i.e. programs 5 to 18. It should also be mentioned that the figures shown in this module do not correspond to the national pension categories because the coverage here is broader and there are other methodological features.

2. Final and more detailed data will be available in November 2019.
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