Daniel Anrig

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Daniel Anrig
Born (1972-07-10) July 10, 1972 (age 46)
Walenstadt, Switzerland
Allegiance  Vatican City
Service/branch Pontifical Swiss Guard
Swiss Army
Years of service 1992–1994
Rank Colonel
Commands held Pontifical Swiss Guard
Other work Police officer
Banner of the Pontifical Swiss Guard of Pope Francis under the command of Anrig (2013–2015)

Daniel Rudolf Anrig (born 10 July 1972) was the thirty fourth Commandant of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 August 2008,[1] He replaced Elmar Mäder who had served as Commandant of the Swiss Guard since 2002.[2] He was succeeded by Christoph Graf as his term ended on 31 January 2015 and was not extended by Pope Francis.[3][4]

Anrig was born in Walenstadt (Canton of St. Gallen), Switzerland. He is married and has four children. Anrig served as halberdier in the Swiss Guard between 1992 and 1994.[5] He graduated in civil and ecclesiastical law from the University of Fribourg in 1999.

Anrig held the rank of a captain in the Swiss Army. He was head of criminal police in the canton of Glarus, from 2002 to 2006 when he became commanding general of the police body of the canton of Glarus.[6] Since July 2015 Anrig has been head of a section of the Zürich Airport corps of Kantonspolizei Zürich.[7]


  1. ^ Bunson, Matthew (2008-10-15). Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. pp. 261–. ISBN 9781592764419. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Swiss guard row over brutal police raid". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pope Francis removes Swiss Guard chief". Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/ex-swiss-guard-head-defends-leadership-style/41247358
  5. ^ "Swiss Guard — Organization". Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "New head of Pope's army under fire over allegations of police brutality against asylum seekers". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Ex-Kommandant beschäftigt Regierungsrat, Zürcher Unterländer 30 June 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by
Elmar Mäder
Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard
Succeeded by
Christoph Graf