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Result: fr.100 in 1961 → fr.408.04 in 2020


Why a franc today is worth only 25% of a franc in 1961

Updated: November 12, 2020

According to the World Bank consumer price index for Switzerland, today's prices in 2020 are 308.04% higher than average prices since 1961. This means that a franc today only buys 24.51% of what it could buy in 1961. The Swiss Franc experienced an average inflation rate of 2.41% per year during this period, causing the real value of a franc to decrease.

In other words, fr.100 in 1961 is equivalent in purchasing power to about fr.408.04 in 2020, a difference of fr.308.04 over 59 years. This inflation data is collected by the World Bank and is specific to Switzerland.

The 1961 inflation rate was 1.85%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 0.36%1. If this number holds, fr.100 today will be equivalent in buying power to fr.100.36 next year.


Inflation from 1961 to 2020
Cumulative price change 308.04%
Average inflation rate 2.41%
Converted amount (fr.100 base) fr.408.04
Price difference (fr.100 base) fr.308.04
CPI in 1961 24.485
CPI in 2020 99.908
Inflation in 1961 1.85%
Inflation in 2020 0.36%

CHF Inflation since 1960
Annual Rate, the World Bank CPI
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Buying power of fr.100 in 1961

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for fr.100 in 1961 (price index tracking began in 1960).

For example, if you started with fr.100, you would need to end with fr.408.04 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When fr.100 is equivalent to fr.408.04 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 1961 dollars, the chart below shows how fr.100 is worth less over 59 years.

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

Franc inflation: 1961-2020
Year Franc Value Inflation Rate
1961 fr.100.00 1.85%
1962 fr.104.32 4.32%
1963 fr.107.90 3.44%
1964 fr.111.23 3.08%
1965 fr.115.03 3.41%
1966 fr.120.52 4.78%
1967 fr.125.35 4.01%
1968 fr.128.35 2.40%
1969 fr.131.55 2.49%
1970 fr.136.30 3.62%
1971 fr.145.26 6.57%
1972 fr.154.94 6.66%
1973 fr.168.50 8.75%
1974 fr.184.96 9.77%
1975 fr.197.34 6.70%
1976 fr.200.73 1.72%
1977 fr.203.33 1.30%
1978 fr.205.42 1.03%
1979 fr.212.92 3.65%
1980 fr.221.48 4.02%
1981 fr.235.85 6.49%
1982 fr.249.19 5.66%
1983 fr.256.54 2.95%
1984 fr.264.06 2.93%
1985 fr.273.14 3.44%
1986 fr.275.18 0.75%
1987 fr.279.15 1.44%
1988 fr.284.38 1.87%
1989 fr.293.35 3.16%
1990 fr.309.20 5.40%
1991 fr.327.32 5.86%
1992 fr.340.53 4.04%
1993 fr.351.74 3.29%
1994 fr.354.74 0.85%
1995 fr.361.13 1.80%
1996 fr.364.06 0.81%
1997 fr.365.95 0.52%
1998 fr.366.02 0.02%
1999 fr.368.97 0.81%
2000 fr.374.72 1.56%
2001 fr.378.43 0.99%
2002 fr.380.86 0.64%
2003 fr.383.29 0.64%
2004 fr.386.37 0.80%
2005 fr.390.89 1.17%
2006 fr.395.04 1.06%
2007 fr.397.93 0.73%
2008 fr.407.58 2.43%
2009 fr.405.62 -0.48%
2010 fr.408.42 0.69%
2011 fr.409.36 0.23%
2012 fr.406.53 -0.69%
2013 fr.405.64 -0.22%
2014 fr.405.59 -0.01%
2015 fr.400.95 -1.14%
2016 fr.399.21 -0.43%
2017 fr.401.34 0.53%
2018 fr.405.10 0.94%
2019 fr.406.57 0.36%
2020 fr.408.04 0.36%*
* 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 1961 amounts in today's francs, based on the 308.04% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a franc today
Initial value Equivalent value
fr.1 franc in 1961 fr.4.08 francs today
fr.5 francs in 1961 fr.20.40 francs today
fr.10 francs in 1961 fr.40.80 francs today
fr.50 francs in 1961 fr.204.02 francs today
fr.100 francs in 1961 fr.408.04 francs today
fr.500 francs in 1961 fr.2,040.20 francs today
fr.1,000 francs in 1961 fr.4,080.41 francs today
fr.5,000 francs in 1961 fr.20,402.05 francs today
fr.10,000 francs in 1961 fr.40,804.10 francs today
fr.50,000 francs in 1961 fr.204,020.48 francs today
fr.100,000 francs in 1961 fr.408,040.96 francs today
fr.500,000 francs in 1961 fr.2,040,204.78 francs today
fr.1,000,000 francs in 1961 fr.4,080,409.56 francs today

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for fr.100 since 1961

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1961 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1961
×
1961 CHF value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Swiss CPI was 24.48484234 in the year 1961 and 99.90818469951184 in 2020:

99.9081846995118424.48484234
×
fr.100
=
fr.408.04

fr.100 in 1961 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as fr.408.04 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 59 years between 1961 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1961CPI in 1961
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (59 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

99.90818469951184 - 24.4848423424.48484234
×
100
=
308%

News headlines from 1961

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • A dog named Chernushka, frogs, and a guinea pig orbit the Earth in the Soviet flight Sputnik 9.
  • Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason after a four-and-a-half year trial.

Data Source & Citation

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Switzerland Inflation Calculator: World Bank data, 1961-2020 (CHF).” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Nov. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/switzerland/inflation.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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 1961 to 2020
Cumulative price change 308.04%
Average inflation rate 2.41%
Converted amount (fr.100 base) fr.408.04
Price difference (fr.100 base) fr.308.04
CPI in 1961 24.485
CPI in 2020 99.908
Inflation in 1961 1.85%
Inflation in 2020 0.36%