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The Federal Authorities

Federal Administration (directory of the federal departments and offices)

FCh Federal Chancellery
FDFA Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
FDHA Federal Department of Home Affairs
FDJP Federal Department of Justice and Police
DDPS Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport
FDF Federal Department of Finance
EAER Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
DETEC Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications



Press releases

"A future free from female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage" – this is the central goal of the Girl Summit 2014, which is co-hosted by the British government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in London on 22 July 2014. Ambassador Nicole Wyrsch, special envoy for human rights issues at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), is representing Switzerland at the summit.

Switzerland is extremely concerned about the serious violations of international law committed by members of the "Islamic State" in Iraq and in Syria. These violations may even constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. In the face of such alarming facts and allegations, the international community cannot remain indifferent.

Switzerland will celebrate Swiss National Day 2014 with Swiss nationals living in South America. On the initiative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the 15-piece Swiss Military Small Band will give six concerts in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil.

Federal Vote


The acceptance of the mass immigration initiative by the electorate and cantons on 9 February means the Federal Council is now charged with introducing a new immigration system within three years. The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons must be renegotiated and adapted to Switzerland's new immigration system. At the same time, the government must hold talks with the European Union regarding existing and potential bilateral negotiations.