Welcome to the official website of the Swiss Government

On these pages, you will find information about the Swiss Government and a restricted amount of news in English. For complete information on Swiss Government and Administration please choose:

The members of the Swiss government

Who sits in the Swiss government?

The Federal Council is made up of seven members, each of which heads a government department. Decisions are made jointly. The Federal Chancellor supports the government.

Presidential year 2016

Presidential year 2016

Presidential year 2016

Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was elected President of the Swiss Confederation on 9.12.2015. For the first time since 2010, the department of the president is the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER).

How government is run

Federal Council – its tasks

How government is run

The Federal Council is the highest executive authority in the country. It comprises seven members, who are elected by the Federal Assembly. The Federal Council’s tasks are set out in the Federal Constitution.

How Switzerland works

How Switzerland works

The Confederation, cantons and communes share the state power and citizens are actively involved at all levels. Many decisions are made by the Swiss People at the ballot box.


“Stop Mass Immigration”


The acceptance of the immigration initiative means the Federal Council is now charged with introducing a new immigration system and renegotiating and adapting the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.

Press conferences


Weekly press conference live (national languages)

Directly following the Federal Council meeting, a press conference is held in the Media Centre by the members of the Federal Council and the Federal Council spokesperson.

Tweets by the spokesman

Media releases


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