Government & Law

Delve into the politics of it all and check out these articles on Switzerland’s government, law, social security, public holidays, and more.

Swiss cantons

Swiss cantons: a guide to Switzerland’s regions

The Swiss Confederation is home to 26 fairly independent cantons. What exactly is the role of Swiss cantons in everyday life?

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Switzerland holidays

Public holidays in Switzerland in 2024 and 2025

Find out all about Switzerland’s public holidays 2024 and 2025, as well as other important dates to make a note of on your calendar.

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Switzerland government

A guide to Switzerland’s government and political system

Switzerland is home to autonomous cantons, four national languages, a long tradition of direct democracy, and a unique federal government.

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Registration Switzerland

Registering at your address in Switzerland

When moving to or within Switzerland, you need to register at your address. Learn about the registration process, documents and requirements.

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Swiss social security

Swiss social security and claiming benefits

From unemployment benefits to pensions, and everything in between, we explain how Swiss social security works in the alpine nation.

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Emergency number Switzerland

Emergency numbers in Switzerland

Do you know the emergency number in Switzerland? Find out this and more with our guide to Swiss services.

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Switzerland coronavirus

Coronavirus in Switzerland: COVID-19 information and support

Keep up-to-date with COVID-19 regulations, support, vaccines, and more with our guide to coronavirus in Switzerland.

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Switzerland crime rate

Crime rates and the legal system in Switzerland

Discover the legal system in Switzerland by getting to know more about its crime rates, trial processes, and common punishments.

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Switzerland LGBT

LGBTQ+ rights in Switzerland

From gay marriage to societal attitudes and recent laws, we explore all there is to know about LGBT+ rights in Switzerland.

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Women's rights in Switzerland

Women’s rights in Switzerland

From political and economic rights to protections against discrimination and violence, we explore women’s rights in Switzerland.

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Switzerland human rights

Human and civil rights in Switzerland

How are human rights protected in Switzerland? Find out what to expect in terms of political freedoms and attitudes towards different groups.

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Strange Swiss laws

10 strange Swiss laws

You may be surprised at some of the things that are illegal in Switzerland. Then again, some others are surprisingly legal.

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Switzerland drug laws

Switzerland’s drug laws

It took a controversial break from tradition for Switzerland to erase its national embarrassment: it started handing out heroin and drugs to addicts.

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