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 2017

Presidential year 2017

On 7 December 2016 Doris Leuthard was elected President of the Swiss Confederation for 2017. This is her second term as president, the first being in 2010.

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.


Financial market strategy

Financial market strategy

Switzerland thus accepts that the automatic exchange of information will be the global standard in the future for tax-compliant dealings with foreign clients.

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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