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 2018

Presidential year 2018

On 6 December 2017 Alain Berset was elected President of the Swiss Confederation for 2018.

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.


«The federal Council - a brief guide»

Explanatory video about the Federal Council: What happens at the weekly Federal Council meetings? How can up to 100 items of business be dealt with during a single meeting? What do the red, blue, white and green colour codes mean? And why is the Federal Council chamber a digital-free zone?

Voting online

Learn more about e-voting in Switzerland

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

Press releases


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