Pre­mi­um vol­umes in the Swiss in­sur­ance sec­tor

Key financial figures

In 2023, Swiss private insurers’ premium volume once again experienced pleasing growth, according to projections by the Swiss Insurance Association SIA. The non-life segment demonstrated above-average growth at 3.0 per cent, whereas the premium volume in the life segment fell slightly.

Non-life insurers

According to projections by the Swiss Insurance Association (SIA), the private insurance industry can look back on a successful 2023, with premiums growing by around three per cent in the non-life business. ‘This trend is not just due to ongoing cost increases in the past year, but also robust societal demand,’ said Urs Arbter, association director, commenting on the development. While the growth in liability and property insurance is largely due to higher repair costs and the appreciation of the goods insured, wage growth and, not least, new insurance products – such as cyber insurance – led to a higher premium volume.

Supplementary health and accident insurers

Supplementary health insurance also experienced a slight uptick in portfolio size: Premium volume grew by 2.5 per cent while premiums themselves only increased slightly. The picture is rather different for the field of daily sickness benefits, which expanded by 5.8 per cent. This was primarily caused by wage increases and the fact that premiums needed to be adjusted upwards following higher benefit payments. 

Life insurers

After a sharp decline in premium volumes in some areas of life insurance business from 2020, growth in unit-linked insurance products and capital redemption transactions in the individual life segment in 2023 brought an overall premium volume that was almost on a par with the previous year’s level. Single premiums in particular are seeing growth in comparison with previous years. However, group business continues to decline.


The Swiss reinsurance market grew by 13 per cent in 2022. Despite slight long-term average growth of 3 per cent per year, premium volumes are fluctuating significantly year on year. This volatility is primarily attributable to the fact that the market has a strong international character and premium volumes are heavily dependent on companies’ -internal retrocessions, which are adjusted in the wake of changes to tax regulations, for example.

A projection for 2023 is not yet possible.


The premium volume development forecast for the Swiss insurance sector is presented at the SIA annual media conference at the end of January each subsequent year. Read the press release and in-depth presentation of the forecast (in german) here.

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