Tuesday, December 13, 2011


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


International Social Security Association (ISSA)






Social Security Country Profiles provide comprehensive information on social protection compiled by the ISSA's Social Security Observatory.


The Country Profiles cover national social security programmes established by statute that insure individuals against interruption or loss of earnings resulting from old age, disability or survivorship; sickness and maternity; work injury or occupational disease; unemployment; and child rearing.


The Country Profiles serve as an overview of social security programmes in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. Scheme descriptions are provided for over 170 countries and territories, and profiles of complementary and private pensions in 50 countries. Scheme descriptions are available in English. Many scheme descriptions are also available in one of the other ISSA working languages (French, German or Spanish).


Most of the information in the Social Security Country Profiles is collected through surveys carried out by the ISSA in co-operation with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Information on Complementary and Private Pensions is jointly produced with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS). Data is also provided by numerous social security officials throughout the world. Information is updated region-by-region over a two-year cycle. Users should refer to the Scheme Description section of the Country Profile for the date of the most recent survey reply.


Copyright:  Short excerpts from the Scheme Description, Complementary and Private Pensions, Reforms and Resources sections of the Country Profiles may be reproduced without authorization for non-profit purposes on condition that the source is indicated. For rights of reproduction or translation, application should be made to the ISSA Secretariat.


Disclaimer: The designations employed in the Country Profiles, which are in conformity with United Nations practice, and the presentation of material and maps therein do not imply the expression of any opinion on the part of the ISSA concerning the legal status of any country, area or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers. The regions do not correspond to the geographic regions of ISSA membership.


While care has been taken in the preparation and reproduction of the data published herein, the ISSA declines liability for any inaccuracy, omission or other error in the data, and, in general, for any financial or other loss or damage in any way resulting from the use of the ISSA Country Profiles.


This information is provided to subscribers, friends, faculty, students and alumni of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). It is a service of the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in New York City. Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which is intended to keep researchers, companies, workers, and governments aware of the latest information related to ILR disciplines as it becomes available for the purposes of research, understanding and debate. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the IWS Documented News Service.

Stuart Basefsky                   
Director, IWS News Bureau                
Institute for Workplace Studies 
Cornell/ILR School                        
16 E. 34th Street, 4th Floor             
New York, NY 10016                        
Telephone: (607) 262-6041               
Fax: (607) 255-9641                       
E-mail: smb6@cornell.edu                  



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