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Social Security Country Profiles provide comprehensive information on social security systems around the world.

About Country Profiles About Country Profiles

The ISSA 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 raising.

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 178 countries and territories, and profiles of complementary and private pensions in 66 countries. Scheme descriptions are available in English. Some scheme descriptions are also available in one of the other ISSA working languages (French, German or Spanish).
Much of the information in the Social Security Country Profiles is collected through surveys carried out by the ISSA in co-operation with the SSA. 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.
* 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).
Note: The categorization of countries by region in the ISSA Country Profiles corresponds to the geographic regions of ISSA membership. Therefore, for some countries (mainly countries that were part of the former Soviet Union) the distribution by region for the Scheme Description does not coincide with that of the research publication Social Security Programs Throughout the World produced jointly by the ISSA and the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), and on which the information in the Scheme Description is based.

Disclaimer and Copyright 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.

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.