List of Presidents of the Swiss Confederation

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Alain Berset, 104th and current President of the Swiss Confederation

Below is a list of Presidents of the Swiss Confederation (1848–present). It presents the presiding member of the Federal Council, Switzerland's seven-member executive. Elected by the Federal Assembly for one year, the President of the Confederation chairs the meetings of the Federal Council and undertakes special representational duties.

Primus inter pares, he or she has no powers above the other councillors and continues to head his or her department. Traditionally, the duty rotates among the members in order of seniority and the previous year's vice president becomes president.

1848–1899

Jakob Stämpfli, when presiding the Federal Council in 1856, was just 35 years old, the youngest to date (as of 2013)
Karl Schenk, as the longest-serving member of the Federal Council, was President of the Confederation six times, a number only equaled by Emil Welti.
Wilhelm Hertenstein died during his term, on 27 November 1888. As of 2018, he is the only president not to complete his term.
Name
(Birth–Death)
Year
1 Jonas Furrer
(1805–1861)
1848
1849
2 Henri Druey
(1799–1855)
1850
3 Josef Munzinger
(1791–1855)
1851
(1) Jonas Furrer
(1805–1861)
1852
4 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff
(1802–1881)
1853
5 Friedrich Frey-Herosé
(1801–1873)
1854
(1) Jonas Furrer
(1805–1861)
1855
6 Jakob Stämpfli
(1820–1879)
1856
7 Constant Fornerod
(1819–1899)
1857
(1) Jonas Furrer
(1805–1861)
1858
(6) Jakob Stämpfli
(1820–1879)
1859
(5) Friedrich Frey-Herosé
(1801–1873)
1860
8 Melchior Josef Martin Knüsel
(1813–1889)
1861
(6) Jakob Stämpfli
(1820–1879)
1862
(7) Constant Fornerod
(1819–1899)
1863
9 Jakob Dubs
(1822–1879)
1864
10 Karl Schenk
(1823–1895)
1865
(8) Melchior Josef Martin Knüsel
(1813–1889)
1866
(7) Constant Fornerod
(1819–1899)
1867
(9) Jakob Dubs
(1822–1879)
1868
11 Emil Welti
(1825–1899)
1869
(9) Jakob Dubs
(1822–1879)
1870
(10) Karl Schenk
(1823–1895)
1871
(11) Emil Welti
(1825–1899)
1872
12 Paul Cérésole
(1832–1905)
1873
(10) Karl Schenk
(1823–1895)
1874
13 Johann Jakob Scherer
(1825–1878)
1875
(11) Emil Welti
(1825–1899)
1876
14 Joachim Heer
(1825–1879)
1877
(10) Karl Schenk
(1823–1895)
1878
15 Bernhard Hammer
(1822–1907)
1879
(11) Emil Welti
(1825–1899)
1880
16 Numa Droz
(1844–1899)
1881
17 Simeon Bavier
(1825–1896)
1882
18 Louis Ruchonnet
(1834–1893)
1883
(11) Emil Welti
(1825–1899)
1884
(10) Karl Schenk
(1823–1895)
1885
19 Adolf Deucher
(1831–1912)
1886
(16) Numa Droz
(1844–1899)
1887
20 Wilhelm Hertenstein
(1825–1888)
1888 (to 27 November)
Bernhard Hammer
(1822–1907)
1888 (from 27 November;acting)
(15) 1889
(18) Louis Ruchonnet
(1834–1893)
1890
(11) Emil Welti
(1825–1899)
1891
21 Walter Hauser
(1837–1902)
1892
(10) Karl Schenk
(1823–1895)
1893
22 Emil Frey
(1838–1922)
1894
23 Josef Zemp
(1834–1908)
1895
24 Adrien Lachenal
(1849–1918)
1896
(19) Adolf Deucher
(1831–1912)
1897
25 Eugène Ruffy
(1854–1919)
1898
26 Eduard Müller
(1848–1919)
1899

1900–1999

  Free Democratic Party
  Christian Democratic People's Party
  Liberal Party
  Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents
  Social Democratic Party
  Swiss People's Party

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political Party Canton
(21) Hauser.gif Walter Hauser
(1837–1902)
1 January 1900 31 December 1900 Free Democratic Party Zürich
27 Ernst Brenner.jpg Ernst Brenner
(1856–1911)
1 January 1901 31 December 1901 Free Democratic Party Basel-Stadt
(23) Josef Zemp.jpg Josef Zemp
(1834–1908)
1 January 1902 31 December 1902 Catholic-Conservative Party Lucerne
(19) Adolf Deucher.jpg Adolf Deucher
(1831–1912)
1 January 1903 31 December 1903 Free Democratic Party Thurgau
28 Robert Comtesse.gif Robert Comtesse
(1847–1922)
1 January 1904 31 December 1904 Free Democratic Party Neuchâtel
29 Ruchet40.gif Marc-Émile Ruchet
(1853–1912)
1 January 1905 31 December 1905 Free Democratic Party Vaud
30 Ludwig Forrer.jpg Ludwig Forrer
(1845–1921)
1 January 1906 31 December 1906 Free Democratic Party Zürich
(26) Eduard Mueller.jpg Eduard Müller
(1848–1919)
1 January 1907 31 December 1907 Free Democratic Party Bern
(27) Ernst Brenner.jpg Ernst Brenner
(1856–1911)
1 January 1908 31 December 1908 Free Democratic Party Basel-Stadt
(19) Adolf Deucher.jpg Adolf Deucher
(1831–1912)
1 January 1909 31 December 1909 Free Democratic Party Thurgau
(28) Robert Comtesse.gif Robert Comtesse
(1847–1922)
1 January 1910 31 December 1910 Free Democratic Party Neuchâtel
(29) Ruchet40.gif Marc-Émile Ruchet
(1853–1912)
1 January 1911 31 December 1911 Free Democratic Party Vaud
(30) Ludwig Forrer.jpg Ludwig Forrer
(1845–1921)
1 January 1912 31 December 1912 Free Democratic Party Zürich
(26) Eduard Mueller.jpg Eduard Müller
(1848–1919)
1 January 1913 31 December 1913 Free Democratic Party Bern
31 Arthur Hoffmann.gif Arthur Hoffmann
(1857–1927)
1 January 1914 31 December 1914 Free Democratic Party St. Gallen
32 Giuseppe Motta.png Giuseppe Motta
(1871–1940)
1 January 1915 31 December 1915 Catholic-Conservative Party Ticino
33 Camille Decoppet.gif Camille Decoppet
(1862–1925)
1 January 1916 31 December 1916 Free Democratic Party Vaud
34 Edmund Schulthess.gif Edmund Schulthess
(1868–1944)
1 January 1917 31 December 1917 Free Democratic Party Aargau
35 Felix-Louis Calonder.gif Felix Calonder
(1863–1952)
1 January 1918 31 December 1918 Free Democratic Party Grisons
36 GustaveAdor.jpg Gustave Ador
(1845–1928)
1 January 1919 31 December 1919 Liberal Party Geneva
(32) Giuseppe Motta.png Giuseppe Motta
(1871–1940)
1 January 1920 31 December 1920 Catholic-Conservative Party Ticino
(34) Edmund Schulthess.gif Edmund Schulthess
(1868–1944)
1 January 1921 31 December 1921 Free Democratic Party Aargau
37 Robert Haab.gif Robert Haab
(1865–1939)
1 January 1922 31 December 1922 Free Democratic Party Zürich
38 Karl Scheurer.gif Karl Scheurer
(1872–1929)
1 January 1923 31 December 1923 Free Democratic Party Bern
39 Ernest Chuard.gif Ernest Chuard
(1857–1942)
1 January 1924 31 December 1924 Free Democratic Party Vaud
40 Jean-Marie Musy.gif Jean-Marie Musy
(1876–1952)
1 January 1925 31 December 1925 Catholic-Conservative Party Fribourg
41 Heinrich Häberlin.gif Heinrich Häberlin
(1868–1947)
1 January 1926 31 December 1926 Free Democratic Party Thurgau
(32) Giuseppe Motta.png Giuseppe Motta
(1871–1940)
1 January 1927 31 December 1927 Catholic-Conservative Party Ticino
(34) Edmund Schulthess.gif Edmund Schulthess
(1868–1944)
1 January 1928 31 December 1928 Free Democratic Party Aargau
(37) Robert Haab.gif Robert Haab
(1865–1939)
1 January 1929 31 December 1929 Free Democratic Party Zürich
(40) Jean-Marie Musy.gif Jean-Marie Musy
(1876–1952)
1 January 1930 31 December 1930 Catholic-Conservative Party Fribourg
(41) Heinrich Häberlin.gif Heinrich Häberlin
(1868–1947)
1 January 1931 31 December 1931 Free Democratic Party Thurgau
(32) Giuseppe Motta.png Giuseppe Motta
(1871–1940)
1 January 1932 31 December 1932 Catholic-Conservative Party Ticino
(34) Edmund Schulthess.gif Edmund Schulthess
(1868–1944)
1 January 1933 31 December 1933 Free Democratic Party Aargau
42 Marcel Pilet-Golaz.gif Marcel Pilet-Golaz
(1889–1958)
1 January 1934 31 December 1934 Free Democratic Party Vaud
43 Rudolf Minger.gif Rudolf Minger
(1881–1955)
1 January 1935 31 December 1935 Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents Bern
44 Albert Meyer.gif Albert Meyer
(1870–1953)
1 January 1936 31 December 1936 Free Democratic Party Zürich
(32) Giuseppe Motta.png Giuseppe Motta
(1871–1940)
1 January 1937 31 December 1937 Catholic-Conservative Party Ticino
45 Johannes Baumann.gif Johannes Baumann
(1874–1953)
1 January 1938 31 December 1938 Free Democratic Party Appenzell Ausserrhoden
46 Philipp Etter.gif Philipp Etter
(1891–1977)
1 January 1939 31 December 1939 Catholic-Conservative Party Zug
(42) Marcel Pilet-Golaz.gif Marcel Pilet-Golaz
(1889–1958)
1 January 1940 31 December 1940 Free Democratic Party Vaud
47 Ernst Wetter.gif Ernst Wetter
(1877–1963)
1 January 1941 31 December 1941 Free Democratic Party Zürich
(46) Philipp Etter.gif Philipp Etter
(1891–1977)
1 January 1942 31 December 1942 Catholic-Conservative Party Zug
48 Enrico Celio.gif Enrico Celio
(1889–1980)
1 January 1943 31 December 1943 Catholic-Conservative Party Ticino
49 Walther Stampfli.gif Walther Stampfli
(1884–1965)
1 January 1944 31 December 1944 Free Democratic Party Solothurn
50 Eduard von Steiger.gif Eduard von Steiger
(1881–1962)
1 January 1945 31 December 1945 Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents Bern
51 Karl Kobelt.gif Karl Kobelt
(1891–1968)
1 January 1946 31 December 1946 Free Democratic Party St. Gallen
(46) Philipp Etter.gif Philipp Etter
(1891–1977)
1 January 1947 31 December 1947 Catholic-Conservative Party Zug
(48) Enrico Celio.gif Enrico Celio
(1889–1980)
1 January 1948 31 December 1948 Catholic-Conservative Party Ticino
52 Ernst Nobs.gif Ernst Nobs
(1886–1957)
1 January 1949 31 December 1949 Social Democratic Party Zürich
53 Max Petitpierre.gif Max Petitpierre
(1899–1994)
1 January 1950 31 December 1950 Free Democratic Party Neuchâtel
(50) Eduard von Steiger.gif Eduard von Steiger
(1881–1962)
1 January 1951 31 December 1951 Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents Bern
(51) Karl Kobelt.gif Karl Kobelt
(1891–1968)
1 January 1952 31 December 1952 Free Democratic Party St. Gallen
(46) Philipp Etter.gif Philipp Etter
(1891–1977)
1 January 1953 31 December 1953 Catholic-Conservative Party Zug
54 Rodolphe Rubattel.gif Rodolphe Rubattel
(1896–1961)
1 January 1954 31 December 1954 Free Democratic Party Vaud
(53) Max Petitpierre.gif Max Petitpierre
(1899–1994)
1 January 1955 31 December 1955 Free Democratic Party Neuchâtel
55 Markus Feldmann.gif Markus Feldmann
(1897–1958)
1 January 1956 31 December 1956 Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents Bern
56 Hans Streuli.gif Hans Streuli
(1892–1970)
1 January 1957 31 December 1957 Free Democratic Party Zürich
57 Thomas Holenstein.gif Thomas Holenstein
(1896–1962)
1 January 1958 31 December 1958 Conservative-Christian-Social People's Party St. Gallen
58 Paul Chaudet.gif Paul Chaudet
(1904–1977)
1 January 1959 31 December 1959 Free Democratic Party Vaud
(53) Max Petitpierre.gif Max Petitpierre
(1899–1994)
1 January 1960 31 December 1960 Free Democratic Party Neuchâtel
59 Friedrich Traugott Wahlen.gif Friedrich Traugott Wahlen
(1899–1985)
1 January 1961 31 December 1961 Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents Zürich
(58) Paul Chaudet.gif Paul Chaudet
(1904–1977)
1 January 1962 31 December 1962 Free Democratic Party Vaud
60 Willy Spühler.gif Willy Spühler
(1902–1990)
1 January 1963 31 December 1963 Social Democratic Party Zürich
61 Ludwig von Moos.gif Ludwig von Moos
(1910–1990)
1 January 1964 31 December 1964 Conservative-Christian-Social People's Party Obwalden
62 Hans-Peter Tschudi.gif Hans-Peter Tschudi
(1913–2002)
1 January 1965 31 December 1965 Social Democratic Party Basel-Stadt
63 Hans Schaffner.gif Hans Schaffner
(1908–2004)
1 January 1966 31 December 1966 Free Democratic Party Aargau
64 Roger Bonvin.gif Roger Bonvin
(1907–1982)
1 January 1967 31 December 1967 Conservative-Christian-Social People's Party Valais
(60) Willy Spühler.gif Willy Spühler
(1902–1990)
1 January 1968 31 December 1968 Social Democratic Party Zürich
(61) Ludwig von Moos.gif Ludwig von Moos
(1910–1990)
1 January 1969 31 December 1969 Conservative-Christian-Social People's Party Obwalden
(62) Hans-Peter Tschudi.gif Hans-Peter Tschudi
(1913–2002)
1 January 1970 31 December 1970 Social Democratic Party Basel-Stadt
65 Rudolf Gnägi.gif Rudolf Gnägi
(1917–1985)
1 January 1971 31 December 1971 Swiss People's Party Bern
66 Nello Celio.gif Nello Celio
(1914–1995)
1 January 1972 31 December 1972 Free Democratic Party Ticino
(64) Roger Bonvin.gif Roger Bonvin
(1907–1982)
1 January 1973 31 December 1973 Christian Democratic People's Party Valais
67 Ernst Brugger.gif Ernst Brugger
(1914–1998)
1 January 1974 31 December 1974 Free Democratic Party Zürich
68 Pierre Graber.gif Pierre Graber
(1908–2003)
1 January 1975 31 December 1975 Social Democratic Party Vaud
(65) Rudolf Gnägi.gif Rudolf Gnägi
(1917–1985)
1 January 1976 31 December 1976 Swiss People's Party Bern
69 Kurt Furgler.gif Kurt Furgler
(1924–2008)
1 January 1977 31 December 1977 Christian Democratic People's Party St- Gallen
70 Willi Ritschard.gif Willi Ritschard
(1918–1983)
1 January 1978 31 December 1978 Social Democratic Party Solothurn
71 Hans Hürlimann.gif Hans Hürlimann
(1918–1994)
1 January 1979 31 December 1979 Christian Democratic People's Party Zug
72 Georges-André Chevallaz.gif Georges-André Chevallaz
(1915–2002)
1 January 1980 31 December 1980 Free Democratic Party Vaud
(69) Kurt Furgler.gif Kurt Furgler
(1924–2008)
1 January 1981 31 December 1981 Christian Democratic People's Party St- Gallen
73 Fritz Honegger.gif Fritz Honegger
(1917–1999)
1 January 1982 31 December 1982 Free Democratic Party Zürich
74 Pierre Aubert.gif Pierre Aubert
(1927–2016)
1 January 1983 31 December 1983 Social Democratic Party Neuchâtel
75 Leon Schlumpf.gif Leon Schlumpf
(1925–2012)
1 January 1984 31 December 1984 Swiss People's Party Graubünden
(69) Kurt Furgler.gif Kurt Furgler
(1924–2008)
1 January 1985 31 December 1985 Christian Democratic People's Party St- Gallen
76 Alphons Egli.gif Alphons Egli
(1924–2016)
1 January 1986 31 December 1986 Christian Democratic People's Party Lucern
(74) Pierre Aubert.gif Pierre Aubert
(1927–2016)
1 January 1987 31 December 1987 Social Democratic Party Neuchâtel
77 Otto Stich.gif Otto Stich
(1927–2012)
1 January 1988 31 December 1988 Social Democratic Party Solothurn
78 Jean-Pascal Delamuraz.gif Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
(1936–1998)
1 January 1989 31 December 1989 Free Democratic Party Vaud
79 Arnold Koller Portrait.jpg Arnold Koller
(1933–)
1 January 1990 31 December 1990 Christian Democratic People's Party Appenzell Innerrhoden
80 Flavio Cotti.jpg Flavio Cotti
(1939–)
1 January 1991 31 December 1991 Christian Democratic People's Party Ticino
81 René Felber.gif René Felber
(1933–)
1 January 1992 31 December 1992 Social Democratic Party Neuchâtel
82 Adolf Ogi.png Adolf Ogi
(1942–)
1 January 1993 31 December 1993 Swiss People's Party Bern
(77) Otto Stich.gif Otto Stich
(1927–2012)
1 January 1994 31 December 1994 Social Democratic Party Solothurn
83 Kaspar Villiger.gif Kaspar Villiger
(1941–)
1 January 1995 31 December 1995 Free Democratic Party Lucerne
(78) Jean-Pascal Delamuraz.gif Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
(1936–1998)
1 January 1996 31 December 1996 Free Democratic Party Vaud
(79) Arnold Koller Portrait.jpg Arnold Koller
(1933–)
1 January 1997 31 December 1997 Christian Democratic People's Party Appenzell Innerrhoden
(80) Flavio Cotti.jpg Flavio Cotti
(1939–)
1 January 1998 31 December 1998 Christian Democratic People's Party Ticino
84 Ruth Dreifuss.gif Ruth Dreifuss
(1940–)
1 January 1999 31 December 1999 Social Democratic Party Geneva

2000–present

Political parties

  Swiss People's Party
  Social Democratic Party
  Free Democratic Party/FDP.The Liberals
  Christian Democratic People's Party
  Conservative Democratic Party

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political Party Canton
(82) Adolf Ogi.png Adolf Ogi
(1942–)
1 January 2000 31 December 2000 Swiss People's Party Bern
85 BR Moritz Leuenberger.jpg Moritz Leuenberger
(1946–)
1 January 2001 31 December 2001 Social Democratic Party Zürich
(83) Kaspar Villiger 2002.jpg Kaspar Villiger
(1941–)
1 January 2002 31 December 2002 Free Democratic Party Lucerne
86 BR Pascal Couchepin.jpg Pascal Couchepin
(1942–)
1 January 2003 31 December 2003 Free Democratic Party Valais
87 -Joseph Deiss - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2004-2.jpg Joseph Deiss
(1946–)
1 January 2004 31 December 2004 Christian Democratic People's Party Fribourg
88 BR-Samuel-Schmid.jpg Samuel Schmid
(1947–)
1 January 2005 31 December 2005 Swiss People's Party Bern
(85) BR Moritz Leuenberger.jpg Moritz Leuenberger
(1946–)
1 January 2006 31 December 2006 Social Democratic Party Zürich
89 Micheline Calmy-Rey, 2010.jpg Micheline Calmy-Rey
(1945–)
1 January 2007 31 December 2007 Social Democratic Party Valais
90 BR Pascal Couchepin.jpg Pascal Couchepin
(1942–)
1 January 2008 31 December 2008 Free Democratic Party Valais
91 Hans-Rudolf-Merz.jpg Hans-Rudolf Merz
(1942–)
1 January 2009 31 December 2009 FDP.The Liberals Appenzell Ausserrhoden
92 Doris Leuthard, 2009.jpg Doris Leuthard
(1963–)
1 January 2010 31 December 2010 Christian Democratic People's Party Aargau
(89) Micheline Calmy-Rey, 2010.jpg Micheline Calmy-Rey
(1945–)
1 January 2011 31 December 2011 Social Democratic Party Valais
93 BR Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.jpg Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf
(1956–)
1 January 2012 31 December 2012 Conservative Democratic Party Graubünden
94 Ueli Maurer 2011.jpg Ueli Maurer
(1950–)
1 January 2013 31 December 2013 Swiss People's Party Zürich
95 Didier Burkhalter 2011.jpg Didier Burkhalter
(1960–)
1 January 2014 31 December 2014 FDP.The Liberals Neuchâtel
96 Simonetta Sommaruga 2011.jpg Simonetta Sommaruga
(1960–)
1 January 2015 31 December 2015 Social Democratic Party Bern
97 Johann Schneider-Ammann 2011.jpg Johann Schneider-Ammann
(1952–)
1 January 2016 31 December 2016 FDP.The Liberals Bern
(92) Doris Leuthard, 2009.jpg Doris Leuthard
(1963–)
1 January 2017 31 December 2017 Christian Democratic People's Party Aargau
98 Alain Berset 2013.jpg Alain Berset
(1972–)
1 January 2018 31 December 2018 Social Democratic Party Fribourg

See also

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