Presidential year 2015

Simonetta Sommaruga was elected president of the Swiss Confederation on 3 December 2014. This is the first time since 1997 that the head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police is elected president of the Swiss Confederation.

Tasks of the acting president

The president fulfils special tasks during his/her year of office, including cooperation within the government and representation of Switzerland to the outside world.

History of the Federal Presidency

Since the establishment of the Federal State in 1848, the function of the president has undergone a number of significant changes. Many traditions are actually far more recently established than you might think.