Talk:President of the Swiss Confederation
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First woman to hold the position?
- See List of Presidents of the Swiss Confederation. The first woman to hold this position was Ruth Dreifuss in 1999; in 2007, Micheline Calmy-Rey was the second, then Doris Leuthard in 2010 and again Calmy-Rey in 2011. Gestumblindi (talk) 05:16, 2 January 2011 (UTC)
Always interesting to follow the money: How much does this job pay?
- The President receives the same salary as the other Federal Councillors, see the respective section in the Federal Council article. Gestumblindi (talk) 01:28, 1 April 2011 (UTC)
Needs to be made explicit
Two term Swiss Presidents are rare. You only have to look at the list for yourself. It's not merely a matter of age (surviving); popularity is also involved. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 17:56, 6 June 2012 (UTC)
- actually, it's mostly a matter of surviving long enough... popularity isn't much of an issue anymore. since the beginning of the 20th century the federal councilors take turns as federal president, by a strict (but unwritten) rotation, you usually can predict for years in advance who will be president.... Two time presidents are rare because after one year as president, you'll have to wait about 7 years, until it's his turn again. For 2 turns as presidents, he'll have to stay in office as federal councilor for about a dozen years, for a 3rd term (even more uncommon, yet not unheard of) almost 20 years, for more terms even longer... since most federal councilors are not exactly young anymore when they get elected (in their late 50 or older), most of them would be in their early 70s for the second term, and almost 80 for the 3rd... so, a lot resign before or shortly after their 2nd term (and a very small number (2 if memory serves me right) get unelected before their first term. Of course, that was different in the early years (19th century), but nowadays the election of the federal president is rather boring. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 23:04, 21 May 2013 (UTC)