Head of Department Ignazio Cassis

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis is head of the FDFA

Working at FDFA

The FDFA offers a wide array of interesting professional opportunities, both at home and abroad

History of the FDFA

Responsible for Swiss foreign policy since 1848, and for development cooperation since 1961

Aims and values of the FDFA

Safeguard Swiss interests, values and objectives, implement the foreign policy strategy of the Federal Council

Consultations and votes

The Federal Chancellery provides information about Swiss referendums, elections and hearing procedures.

Communication abroad

Public relations to promote Switzerland’s interests abroad

Foreign policy strategy and implementation

Safeguarding independence, peace, security and prosperity


Diplomats represent the interests of their own country in the host state. Approximately 170 countries have accredited an ambassador to Switzerland

FDFA Helpline contact form

Contact the FDFA

Organisation of the FDFA

Map of Bern with locations and the structure and responsibilities of the FDFA's administrative units

The FDFA website

Switzerland’s foreign policy on the web − the FDFA’s very diverse websites at a glance.