The Federal Department of Finance (FDF)

The Federal Department of Finance (FDF) mainly deals with the state budget and tax matters. It has been headed by Karin Keller-Sutter since January 2023.

Head of FDF Karin Keller-Sutter (KEYSTONE Christian Beutler)

Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter

Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter was born in 1963 and is from the canton of St Gallen. She attended school in Wil and Neuchâtel. Karin Keller-Sutter is a trained translator/interpreter and secondary school teacher. Between 1989 and 2000 she worked as a freelance translator, and also taught at a vocational school. Karin Keller-Sutter is married.

Karin Keller-Sutter began her political career in 1992 as a member of Wil town council. In 1996 she was elected to the cantonal parliament. In 2000 she entered the cantonal government where she headed the Justice and Security Department. In 2011 Karin Keller-Sutter was elected to the Council of States where she represented the canton of St Gallen. She held the presidency of the Council of States in 2017/2018. Karin Keller-Sutter has also sat on the boards of various companies and foundations.

Election to the Federal Council

The United Federal Assembly elected Karin Keller-Sutter to the Federal Council on 5 December 2018. She headed the Federal Department of Justice and Police FDJP from 2019 to 2022. Since January 2023, she has been head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF).

The Federal Department of Finance (FDF)

The FDF deals with a wide range of tasks, including the federal budget, both national and international finance, monetary and tax matters, customs and merchandise control and the implementation of legislation on alcohol. It also provides services for the whole of the Federal Administration, from IT to human resources, infrastructure and logistics.  

FDF facts and figures

Staff (full-time positions/2022): 8,756

Expenses 2022: CHF 17.86 billion


Last modification 29.12.2023

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