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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

(FSO) - A record number of patients - 1,014,077 - were treated in Swiss hospitals in 2013. This is equal to almost 12% of the population and roughly 12.6 million care days, 100,000 more than in the previous year. The greatest share was recorded by hospital departments of surgery and internal medicine, followed by the treatment of psychiatric cases. These are the results of the inpatient health care statistics from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Today, the Federal Council approved a declaration on Switzerland joining the multilateral agreement on the automatic exchange of information in tax matters. This international agreement, which was developed within the framework of the OECD, forms a basis for the future introduction of the cross-border automatic exchange of information. The question regarding the countries with which Switzerland should introduce this exchange of data is not affected by the signing of the multilateral agreement; it will be presented to Parliament separately at a later stage.

The dispatch adopted today by the Federal Council is aimed at consolidating and developing Switzerland's long-term role as host state, in particular through the intermediary of International Geneva. It places special emphasis on improving building and technological infrastructures and on fostering better interaction between the various international and national actors. In today's increasingly competitive environment, the Swiss government wishes to enable International Geneva to continue to be a unique platform for the effective promotion of its interests and values.

Find here the preliminary official results.
Switzerland is supporting international efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic and is providing humani-tarian aid in West Africa. It is also ready to treat Ebola cases at home.
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.