Social Security Country Profiles

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Social Security Country Profiles provide comprehensive information on social protection compiled by the ISSA's Social Security Observatory.

About country profiles

 The Country Profiles cover national social security programmes established by statute that insure individuals against interruption or loss of earnings resulting from old age, disability or survivorship; sickness and maternity; work injury or occupational disease; unemployment; and child rearing.

The Country Profiles serve as an overview of social security programmes in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. Scheme descriptions are provided for over 170 countries and territories, and profiles of complementary and private pensions in 50 countries. Scheme descriptions are available in English. Many scheme descriptions are also available in one of the other ISSA working languages (French, German or Spanish).

Most of the information in the Social Security Country Profiles is collected through surveys carried out by the ISSA in co-operation with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Information on Complementary and Private Pensions is jointly produced with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS). Data is also provided by numerous social security officials throughout the world. Information is updated region-by-region over a two-year cycle. Users should refer to the Scheme Description section of the Country Profile for the date of the most recent survey reply.

Disclaimer and Copyright

Disclaimer: The designations employed in the Country Profiles, which are in conformity with United Nations practice, and the presentation of material and maps therein do not imply the expression of any opinion on the part of the ISSA concerning the legal status of any country, area or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers. The regions do not correspond to the geographic regions of ISSA membership.

While care has been taken in the preparation and reproduction of the data published herein, the ISSA declines liability for any inaccuracy, omission or other error in the data, and, in general, for any financial or other loss or damage in any way resulting from the use of the ISSA Country Profiles.

Copyright: Short excerpts from the Scheme Description, Complementary and Private Pensions, Reforms and Resources sections of the Country Profiles may be reproduced without authorization for non-profit purposes on condition that the source is indicated. For rights of reproduction or translation, application should be made to the ISSA Secretariat.