The seven members of the Federal Council

The Swiss government comprises the seven members of the Federal Council. The president is elected for a one-year term of office and is regarded during that time as ‘Primus inter pares’, or first among equals.

Simonetta Sommaruga

President 2020 Simonetta Sommaruga

Simonetta Sommaruga (SP/BE) has been a federal councillor since 2010. Simonetta Sommaruga heads the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). Prior to that, she headed the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP).

 
Ignazio Cassis

Ignazio Cassis

Ignazio Cassis (FDP/TI) has been a federal councillor since 2017. Ignazio Cassis heads the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

 
Alain Berset

Alain Berset

Alain Berset (SP/FR) has been a federal councillor since 2012. Alain Berset heads the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA).

Karin Keller-Sutter

Karin Keller-Sutter

Karin Keller-Sutter (FDP/SG) has been a federal councillor since 2019. Karin Keller-Sutter heads the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP).

 
Viola Amherd

Viola Amherd

Viola Amherd (CVP/VS) has been a federal councillor since 2019. Viola Amherd heads the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS).

 
Ueli Maurer

Ueli Maurer

Ueli Maurer (SVP/ZH) has been a federal councillor since 2009. Ueli Maurer has headed the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) since 2016. Prior to that, he headed the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS).

 
 
Guy Parmelin

Guy Parmelin

Guy Parmelin (SVP/VD) has been a federal councillor since 2016. Guy Parmelin heads the Federal Department of Economic Affairs. Prior to that he headed the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS).

 

Federal Council’s chief of staff

Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr

Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr

Walter Thurnherr has been Federal Chancellor, the Federal Council’s chief of staff, since 2016.

Last modification 23.12.2019

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