In Switzerland, accidents are the major cause of death in children. Around 345,000 accidents occur each year resulting in the death of approximately 60 children under the age of 16.

Some 40 per cent of these cases involve traffic accidents, the remainder occur during leisure time or in and around the home. The Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (Beratungsstelle für Unfallverhütung or bfu) has the legal mandate for the prevention of accidents in the non-occupational sector, which covers the areas of road traffic, sport, home and leisure.

Under the Federal Law for Accident Insurance and the Regulations for Prevention of Accidents and Work-related Illnesses, bfu coordinates the accident prevention activities of other organisations working towards similar goals.

Country Contact

Barbara Pfenninger

Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu)
Home & Leisure
Hodlerstrasse 5a
CH-3011 BERN

Phone: +41 31 390 2169
Email: b.pfenninger@bfu.ch
Website: www.bfu.ch

Injury Data

The Injury Data section provides bar graphs comparing Switzerland's injury death rates with the injury death rates for the other countries in the WHO European Region. Bar graphs are provided in PDF format for easy download for all unintentional injury deaths and by external cause of unintentional injury topic using data from the WHO Mortality Database and the European Report on Child Injury Prevention. In addition, bar graphs for suicide and homicide are also provided, however these data are slightly older.

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