Federal Council (Switzerland)

Federal Council (Switzerland)

The Federal Council is the seven-member executive council which constitutes the federal government of Switzerland and serves as the Swiss collective head of state.

While the entire council is responsible for leading the federal administration of Switzerland, each Councillor heads one of the seven federal executive departments. The current members of the Federal Council are, in order of seniority:

Member of Council Joined Council Party Canton Function
Doris Leuthard 1 August 2006 Christian Democrats Aargau Head of Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications
Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf 1 January 2008 Conservative Democrats Graubünden President for 2012; Head of Federal Department of Finance
Ueli Maurer 1 January 2009 Swiss People's Party Zurich Vice President for 2012; Head of Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports
Didier Burkhalter 1 November 2009 FDP.The Liberals Neuchâtel Head of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Simonetta Sommaruga 1 November 2010 Social Democrats Bern Head of Federal Department of Justice and Police
Johann Schneider-Ammann 1 November 2010 FDP.The Liberals Bern Head of Federal Department of Economic Affairs
Alain Berset 1 January 2012 Social Democrats Fribourg Head of Federal Department of Home Affairs

Read more about Federal Council (Switzerland):  Assessment and Calls For Change, List of "firsts" in The Federal Council

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