Switzerland: The Role of Swiss Post in Indirect Press Support

  • Alfred HugentoblerEmail author
  • Christian Jaag
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


The Swiss press is comparatively small and divided into four regional language territories. The press currently benefits from two forms of subsidy: First, selected press products are subsidized indirectly by means of discounted postal transport prices, and second, a reduced value added tax rate is applied to certain printed matter. This chapter examines discounted postal transport prices and the role of Swiss Post in more detail. It discusses these subsidies in the context of postal regulation. When the new Postal Act came into effect in 2012, it also reformed the indirect press subsidy scheme. While the scope of the subsidy has not changed significantly, Swiss Post’s role as intermediary in the subsidy scheme is now regulated much more clearly. Now, the subsidy per press title is determined by a simple and transparent allocation mechanism. However, some regulatory inconsistencies still remain.


Price System Price Reduction Federal Constitution Delivery Channel Federal Council 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Print Media, Swiss PostBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss EconomicsZürichSwitzerland

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