We The People


Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation

Federal Constitution
of the Swiss Confederation

English is not an official language of the Swiss Confederation. This translation is provided for information purposes only and has no legal force 1.

of 18 April 1999 (Status as of 13 February 2022)


In the name of Almighty God!

The Swiss People and the Cantons,

mindful of their responsibility towards creation,

resolved to renew their alliance so as to strengthen liberty, democracy, independence and peace in a spirit of solidarity and openness towards the world,

determined to live together with mutual consideration and respect for their diversity,

conscious of their common achievements and their responsibility towards future generations,

and in the knowledge that only those who use their freedom remain free, and that the strength of a people is measured by the well-being of its weakest members,

adopt the following Constitution:

1 Adopted by the popular vote on 18 April 1999 (FedD of 18 Dec. 1998, FCD of 11 Aug. 1999; AS 1999 2556; BBl 1997I 1, 1999 162 5986).

Full document: https://www.fedlex.admin.ch/eli/cc/1999/404/en#lvl_u1

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