Normal view

Navigation and service

Logo Destatis - Statistisches Bundesamt, Link to homepage

Social statistics

Theme in brief

Social welfare budget

The structures of and connections within the system of social security are shown most clearly in the social welfare budget of the Federal Government. This annual compilation with a breakdown by institution gives an overview of social benefits provided by government institutions, public corporations, and employers. What is also shown is how much of the expenditure is funded by government transfers and by contributions of persons insured and employers. The benefits of the social security funds have the largest share in the social welfare budget. They are followed by the benefits provided as part of the assistance and welfare systems.


Assistance for
war victims

Additional Information

Key figures

Recipients of public assistance
Basic security benefits 03/2015994 658
Assistance for nursing care 2013444 012
Households receiving housing allowance 2013664 724
Benefits for asylum seekers2014362 850
Public children and youth welfare
Expenditure (EUR bn) 201335,5
Social reporting
Proportion of recipients of minimum social security benefits 20139,1 %


Piktogramm Presse

For current press releases on the theme of social statistics please go to our press pages.

© Statistisches Bundesamt, Wiesbaden 2015

 – Imprint – contact