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The Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation

By clicking on www.admin.ch, you've come to just the right place for all the information you need on Switzerland's federal authorities and the way in which they function. You will also find direct links to the seven government departments and their affiliated federal offices, to the Federal Chancellery, to parliament and to the federal courts.

Information and communication are key tasks of government and of the administration. Citizens are legitimately entitled to expect, indeed they have a right, to be kept fully informed by the authorities in a timely manner. We therefore attach great importance to using modern means of communication and to always being up-to-date.

There is one thing about this site that you will probably notice straight away, namely its multilingual nature. Switzerland is a patchwork of four linguistic regions: German, French, Italian and Romansh-speaking. This blend is an important element of our country's cultural diversity. Consequently, our internet content is usually available in at least three languages and occasionally even in five languages as selected information is also provided in Romansh and English.

The Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation

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By clicking on the rubric the federal authorities, informations on Switzerland's federal authorities and the way in which they function are available. The rubric offers also direct links to the seven government departments and their affiliated federal offices, to the Federal Chancellery, to parliament and to the federal courts.

State Archives of Canton Bern - Online Inventory

This online inventory of the archives of Canton Bern offers full-text search, search by specific field and navigation through the hierarchical structure of the archives.

Parliamentary History

The website Parliamentary History highlights a few remarkable events in the history of the Swiss federal state since 1848. These events are grouped in three categories: (Parliament) Building, Politics and Stories. There is a short text for each event. For more detailed information, there are usually further links to photos, film documents and other resources from the internet.

DARIS - Data and Research Information Services of FORS

The Data and Research Information Services DARIS of the Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences (FORS) serves as a national resource center for research and teaching in the social sciences.

The unit maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of social science research projects in Switzerland.

In addition, the Data Services Archive Section is responsible for acquiring, processing, storing, and disseminating significant data files and metadata produced in the country.

The data can be researched by the means of a an online data catalogue.

Library and Research Service of the ICRC - Videos

Over the years, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has produced or coproduced a variety of films on its operations and on specific issues. The video catalogue can be consulted on the ICRC's Website. Some videos are available online.

Library and Research Service of the ICRC - Photos

The Library & Research Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) handles photo requests and orders from users both inside and outside the organization. It contains documents covering ICRC operations and conflicts from the 1850s to the present day. Some photograph collections are available online.

Journals of the Library and Research Service of the CICR

A search machine allows the research for journal which are collected in the Library and Research Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The list of the links gives an access to the websites of the journals.

Swiss National Bank - Publications

The Swiss National Bank allocates online publications to the following subjects:

Swiss National Bank - Biographical profiles

The Biographical profiles contain information on the professional and political careers of the Swiss National Bank Council and all of the members of its Governing Board, together with a photograph in all cases.

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