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Result: fr.100 in 1956 → fr.448.14 in 2022


The Swiss Franc has lost 78% its value since 1956

Updated: November 10, 2022

fr.100 in 1956 is equivalent in purchasing power to about fr.448.14 today, an increase of fr.348.14 over 66 years. The franc had an average inflation rate of 2.30% per year between 1956 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 348.14%.

This means that today's prices are 4.48 times higher than average prices since 1956, according to the OECD and the World Bank consumer price index for Switzerland. A franc today only buys 22.314% of what it could buy back then.

The inflation rate in 1956 was 1.51%. The current inflation rate compared to last year is now 3.00%. If this number holds, fr.100 today will be equivalent in buying power to fr.103.00 next year.


Inflation from 1956 to 2022
Cumulative price change348.14%
Average inflation rate2.30%
Converted amount (fr.100 base)fr.448.14
Price difference (fr.100 base)fr.348.14
CPI in 195623.400
CPI in 2022104.866
Inflation in 19561.51%
Inflation in 20223.00%
fr.100 in 1956fr.448.14 in 2022

CHF inflation since 1956
Annual Rate, the OECD and the World Bank CPI
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Buying power of fr.100 in 1956

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for fr.100 in 1956 (price index tracking began in 1955).

For example, if you started with fr.100, you would need to end with fr.448.14 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When fr.100 is equivalent to fr.448.14 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Swiss franc decreases over time. In other words, a franc will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a franc over time. By calculating the value in 1956 dollars, the chart below shows how fr.100 is worth less over 66 years.

According to the OECD and the World Bank, each of these CHF amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Franc inflation: 1956-2022
YearFranc ValueInflation Rate
1956fr.100.001.51%
1957fr.101.961.96%
1958fr.103.841.84%
1959fr.103.17-0.65%
1960fr.104.651.44%
1961fr.106.581.85%
1962fr.111.184.32%
1963fr.115.013.44%
1964fr.118.553.08%
1965fr.122.603.41%
1966fr.128.454.78%
1967fr.133.604.01%
1968fr.136.802.40%
1969fr.140.212.49%
1970fr.145.273.62%
1971fr.154.826.57%
1972fr.165.146.66%
1973fr.179.598.75%
1974fr.197.139.77%
1975fr.210.346.70%
1976fr.213.941.72%
1977fr.216.721.30%
1978fr.218.951.03%
1979fr.226.933.65%
1980fr.236.064.02%
1981fr.251.386.49%
1982fr.265.605.66%
1983fr.273.432.95%
1984fr.281.452.93%
1985fr.291.123.44%
1986fr.293.300.75%
1987fr.297.531.44%
1988fr.303.101.87%
1989fr.312.663.16%
1990fr.329.565.40%
1991fr.348.875.86%
1992fr.362.954.04%
1993fr.374.903.29%
1994fr.378.100.85%
1995fr.384.901.80%
1996fr.388.020.81%
1997fr.390.040.52%
1998fr.390.110.02%
1999fr.393.260.81%
2000fr.399.391.56%
2001fr.403.340.99%
2002fr.405.930.64%
2003fr.408.520.64%
2004fr.411.800.80%
2005fr.416.631.17%
2006fr.421.041.06%
2007fr.424.130.73%
2008fr.434.412.43%
2009fr.432.33-0.48%
2010fr.435.300.69%
2011fr.436.310.23%
2012fr.433.29-0.69%
2013fr.432.35-0.22%
2014fr.432.29-0.01%
2015fr.427.34-1.14%
2016fr.425.49-0.43%
2017fr.427.760.53%
2018fr.431.760.94%
2019fr.433.330.36%
2020fr.430.19-0.73%
2021fr.432.690.58%
2022fr.448.143.57%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1956 amounts in today's francs, based on the 348.14% change in prices:

Conversion: 1956 francs today
Initial valueEquivalent value
fr.1 franc in 1956fr.4.48 francs today
fr.5 francs in 1956fr.22.41 francs today
fr.10 francs in 1956fr.44.81 francs today
fr.50 francs in 1956fr.224.07 francs today
fr.100 francs in 1956fr.448.14 francs today
fr.500 francs in 1956fr.2,240.69 francs today
fr.1,000 francs in 1956fr.4,481.39 francs today
fr.5,000 francs in 1956fr.22,406.93 francs today
fr.10,000 francs in 1956fr.44,813.85 francs today
fr.50,000 francs in 1956fr.224,069.25 francs today
fr.100,000 francs in 1956fr.448,138.51 francs today
fr.500,000 francs in 1956fr.2,240,692.54 francs today
fr.1,000,000 francs in 1956fr.4,481,385.08 francs today

How to calculate inflation rate for fr.100 since 1956

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1956 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1956
×
1956 CHF value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Swiss CPI was 23.40031 in the year 1956 and 104.8658 in 2022:

104.865823.40031
×
fr.100
=
fr.448.14

fr.100 in 1956 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as fr.448.14 in 2022.

To get the total inflation rate for the 66 years between 1956 and 2022, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2022 - CPI in 1956CPI in 1956
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (66 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

104.8658 - 23.4003123.40031
×
100
=
348%

Data source & citation

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Switzerland Inflation Calculator: World Bank data, 1956-2022 (CHF).” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 8 Dec. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/switzerland/inflation.

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Ian Webster

About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1956 to 2022
Cumulative price change348.14%
Average inflation rate2.30%
Converted amount (fr.100 base)fr.448.14
Price difference (fr.100 base)fr.348.14
CPI in 195623.400
CPI in 2022104.866
Inflation in 19561.51%
Inflation in 20223.00%
fr.100 in 1956fr.448.14 in 2022