Expenditure and receipts of social protection schemes and pension beneficiaries, Slovenia, 2019

Total expenditure on social protection, standing at almost a quarter of GDP, up in 2019


EUR 10,720 million was spent on social protection schemes in Slovenia in 2019. Most of it was spent on old age and on sickness and health care. In the structure of receipts, social contributions represent an increasing share.

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In 2019, total expenditure on social protection a little less than EUR 11 billion

EUR 10,720 million was spent on social protection schemes in Slovenia in 2019, which is 6.2% more than in 2018. 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 2019, too, almost a quarter of GDP for social protection

In 2019, 22.2% of GDP was spent on social protection, which is 0.2 of a percentage point more than in 2018. In 2019, the order of functions for which the largest share of GDP was spent (around 18%) was the same as a year before, with slightly different shares. Namely: old age (8.9%; 0.1 p.p. lower GDP share than in the previous year), sickness and health care (7.4%; 0.1 p.p. higher GDP share than in the previous year) and family and children (1.8%; the same share).

The highest share, as much as three quarters, was spent on the old age function and the sickness and health care function

In 2019, the greatest amount (i.e. EUR 4,327 million or 41% of total expenditure for social benefits) was spent on the elderly, namely the old age function. The old age function was followed by the sickness and health care function with EUR 3,591 million or a third of total expenditure. The third highest expenditure group was family and children function, which amounted to EUR 880 million, followed by survivors’ and disability functions. In total 6% was spent on the social exclusion not elsewhere classified, unemployment and housing (subsidies for housing rent).

In the total structure of social protection expenditure, in 2019 the share for the sickness and health care function notably higher

Compared to the previous year, in 2019 expenditure grew for all functions: sickness and health care (by 7.2%), family and children (by 6.0%), old age (by 4.5%), disability (by 11.9%), housing (by 9.1%), unemployment (by 3.4%) and the survivors' function (by 1.9%).

In the structure of receipts, social contributions represent an increasing share

In 2019, social contributions amounted to EUR 7,713 million or slightly less than three quarters of receipts for social protection schemes. The largest part of those was social contributions of the insured persons (EUR 4,643 million or 43.9% in the whole structure of financing), followed by social contributions of the employers (EUR 3,070 million or 29.0% of all financing). Both shares together have been increasing in recent years. General government contributions increased compared to 2018 nominally by 3.3%, while their share in the structure of receipts decreased by 0.4 p.p.

More pension beneficiaries than in 2018

In accordance with the European ESSPROS methodology, the number of pension beneficiaries in 2019 was 649,373 or 0.8% more than 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 1.6% and 0.2%, respectively), while the number of beneficiaries of disability pensions decreased (by 5.7%).

Receipts of social protection schemes, Slovenia, 2019
Receipts of social protection schemes, Slovenia, 2019
Source: SURS
Expenditure and receipts of social protection schemes, Slovenia
20182019
mio. EUR
Expenditure - total1)10,09210,720
  social benefits9,92510,530
    cash social benefits6,5156,864
    social benefits in kind3,4103,666
  administration costs146156
  other expenditure2034
Receipts - total1)10,07710,580
  social contributions7,1727,713
    employers' social contributions2,8593,070
    social contributions by the protected persons4,3134,643
  general government contributions2,7352,824
  other receipts17043
1) Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
Source: SURS
Expenditure for social benefits by social protection functions (risks), Slovenia
20182019
mio. EUR%% of GDP1)mio. EUR%% of GDP1)
Total2)9,925100.021.610,530100.021.8
  sickness/health care3,35133.87.33,59134.17.4
  disability4614.61.05164.91.1
  old age4,14241.79.04,32741.18.9
  survivors'5745.81.35855.61.2
  family/children8308.41.88808.41.8
  unemployment2322.30.52402.30.5
  housing110.10.0120.10.0
  social exclusion not elsewhere classified3243.30.73783.60.8
1) Expenditure for social protection as percentage of GDP is calculated on the basis of the last available data on GDP (First Release; 30 September 2020; https://www.stat.si/StatWeb/en/News/Index/9102).
2) Some totals do not add up due to rounding.
Source: SURS
Pension beneficiaries1), Slovenia
20182019
Pension beneficiaries
  of old age, disability and survivors' pension 2)644,136649,373
Beneficiaries by individual pension category
  old age531,882540,223
  disability25,30523,864
  survivors'3)150,785151,055
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
METHODOLOGICAL NOTE
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 2021.
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