The Federal Council
The Federal Council comprises seven members of equal standing. They are
elected by Parliament every four years, with a different member holding the post of president each year. The current
members of the Federal Council are drawn from four different parties. Four come
from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, two from the French-speaking part
and one from the Italian-speaking region.
The Federal Council normally meets every week. Especially demanding
issues are discussed in special sessions. Each year, it decides on more than
2500 items of business. The seven departments and the Federal Chancellery
support the Federal Council by helping to prepare the meetings.
Important datesElection of the president and
vice president:8 December 2021
of the Federal Council (following the parliamentary elections in October):December 2023
President 2021The President is of equal standing to the other members of the Federal Council, but chairs the meetings and represents the government in its external dealings.
Member of the Federal Council since 2016
Vice President 2021
Member of the Federal Council since 2017
Member of the Federal Council since 2009
Member of the Federal Council since 2010
Member of the Federal Council since 2012
Member of the Federal Council since 2019
Federal ChancellorThe Federal Chancellor is the Federal Council’s chief
of staff and heads the Federal Chancellery. He is also elected by Parliament.