In Switzerland, the term public bond is used to denote a government bond issued by the Swiss federal government. Swiss public bonds are normally issued on behalf of the government by the Swiss National Bank and are offered to the public via the SIX Repo AG.
Swiss public bonds are also known as Swiss Confederation bonds, and by the colloquial German term “Eidgenossen.” Bond terms vary between Swiss public bond issues, but can be as long as 50 years.
The interest rates of Swiss public bonds vary broadly depending on their year of issue. For example, the public bonds issued in 1998 (CH0008435569) and 1999 (CH0009755197) have 4% annual interest rates, while the public bonds issued in 2017 (CH0344958472 and CH0344958498) have 0.5% annual interest rates.