List of Cantonal Executives of Switzerland
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List of Cantonal Executives of Switzerland

This article lists the cantonal executives of Switzerland. Each canton of Switzerland has its own executive body, as well as legislative body. The Federal Council is the executive of the Swiss federal government, and is included for purposes of comparison.

The cantonal executives are collegial bodies, each with 5 or 7 members. They are generally called Regierungsrat (Executive Council) in German-speaking cantons and Conseil d'État (State Council) in French-speaking cantons.


The below list is up to date as of 17 February 2021.[needs update]

Presidents of the executives

In Switzerland the presidency of the cantonal (and the federal) governments functions as primus inter pares. That means that they preside over meetings and can cast tie breaking votes but other than that are equally powerful members of the executive. If nothing else is noted the official name of the office of president of the cantonal executive is president.

The noted elections can but do not have to directly elect the president. If so the president remains president for all 4 years between elections (e.g. Basel-Stadt). In the other cantons the presidency rotates according to seniority (e.g. Zürich).


The date of the elections is not the same as the date of the start of the tenure. For example the elections in the Canton Aargau were held in 2020 but the tenure of the new Executive began on 1 January 2021.

Canton Executive
Official name(s)
Members President Party Last election Next election
Aargau AG Aargau Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
5[1] Stephan Attiger[2] FDP 2020 2024
Appenzell Ausserrhoden AR Appenzell Ausserrhoden Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[3] Alfred Stricker[2] independent 2019 2023
Appenzell Innerrhoden AI Appenzell Innerrhoden State Commission
Standeskommission  (German)
7[4] Roland Inauen[2] independent
Basel-Country BL Basel-Landschaft Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
5[5] Anton Lauber Center 2019
Basel-City BS Basel-Stadt Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[6] Beat Jans[7] SP 2020 2024
Berne BE Bern Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
Conseil exécutif  (French)
7[8] Pierre Alain Schnegg[9] SVP 2018 2022
Fribourg FR Fribourg Council of State
Conseil d'État  (French)
Staatsrat  (German)
7[10] Jean-François Steiert SP 2017 2021
Geneva GE Geneva Council of State
Conseil d'État  (French)
7[11] Antonio Hodgers Greens
Glarus GL Glarus Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[12] Marianne Lienhard[2] SVP 2018 2022
Grisons GR Grisons Executive Council
Regierung  (German)
Regenza  (Romansh)
Governo  (Italian)
5[13] Mario Cavigelli Centre 2018 2022
Jura JU Jura Government
Gouvernement  (French)
5[14] Nathalie Barthoulot SP 2020 2024
Lucerne LU Lucerne Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
5[15] Reto Wyss Centre
Neuchâtel NE Neuchâtel Council of State
Conseil d'État  (French)
5[16] Monika Maire-Hefti SP 2017 2021
Nidwalden NW Nidwalden Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[17] ? 2018 2022
Obwalden OW Obwalden Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
5[18] Christian Schäli CSP OW 2018 2022
Schaffhausen SH Schaffhausen Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
5[19] Martin Kessler FDP 2018 2022
Schwyz SZ Schwyz Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[20] Petra Steimen-Rickenbacher[2] FDP 2019 2023
Solothurn SO Solothurn Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
5[21] Susanne Schaffner[2] SP 2017 2021
St. Gallen SG St. Gallen Government
Regierung  (German)
7[22] Bruno Damann[7] Centre 2020 2024
Thurgau TG Thurgau Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
5[23] Walter Schönholzer[7] SVP
Ticino TI Ticino Council of State
Consiglio di Stato  (Italian)
5[24] Norman Gobbi Lega
Uri UR Uri Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[25] Camenzind Urban[2] Centre 2020 2024
Valais VS Valais Council of State
Conseil d'État  (French)
Staatsrat  (German)
5[26] Christophe Darbellay Centre
Vaud VD Vaud Council of State
Conseil d'État  (French)
7 Nuria Gorrite SP
Zug ZG Zug Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[27] Martin Pfister[2] Centre 2019 2023
Zurich ZH Zürich Executive Council
Regierungsrat  (German)
7[28] Silvia Steiner[9] Centre 2019 2023
Confederation CH Confederation Federal Council
Bundesrat  (German)
Conseil fédéral  (French)
Consiglio federale  (Italian)
Cussegl federal  (Romansh)
7[29] Guy Parmelin SVP 2019 2023

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Gesamtregierungsrat - Kanton Aargau". Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h President officially called Landammann
  3. ^ "Regierungsrat - Appenzell Ausserrhoden". Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "Standeskommission". Appenzell Innerrhoden (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "Regierungsrat". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Der Regierungsrat heisst Sie willkommen!". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ a b c President officially called Regierungspräsident (Government president)
  8. ^ "Der Regierungsrat (Der Regierungsrat) Regierungsrat - Kanton Bern". Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ a b President officially called Regierungsratspräsident (President of the Government council)
  10. ^ "Les membres du Conseil d'Etat". (in French). Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "Page d'accueil". (in French). Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "Regierung - Kanton Glarus". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  13. ^ "Regierung - Regierung". Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ Jura, www jura ch, République et Canton du. "Le Gouvernement jurassien". (in French). Retrieved 2021.
  15. ^ "Der Regierungsrat des Kantons Luzern - Kanton Luzern". Retrieved 2021.
  16. ^ "Conseil d'État - République et canton de Neuchâtel". (in French). Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ "Regierungsrat". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  18. ^ "Kanton Obwalden Online: Übersicht". Retrieved 2021.
  19. ^ Schaffhausen, Staatskanzlei Kanton. "Der Regierungsrat - Kanton Schaffhausen". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ "Regierungsrat". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  21. ^ "Regierung des Kantons Solothurn - Kanton Solothurn". Retrieved 2021.
  22. ^ "Regierung |". Retrieved 2021.
  23. ^ Kantonsparlament, Portal Kanton Thurgau Sie finden auf diesen Seiten vielfältige Informationen über das; Regierungsrat, den. "Regierung". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  24. ^ "Stato e organizzazione - Repubblica e Cantone Ticino". Retrieved 2021.
  25. ^ "Regierungsrat". (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  26. ^ "Gouvernement". Retrieved 2021.
  27. ^ "Regierungsrat". Kanton Zug (in German). Retrieved 2021.
  28. ^ "Government Council". Kanton Zürich. Retrieved 2021.
  29. ^ Bundesrat, Der. "Startseite". (in German). Retrieved 2021.

See also

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