Federal Gazette (Switzerland)

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German: Bundesblatt
French: Feuille fédérale
Italian: Foglio federale
Swiss Copyright Law of 1883.pdf
The Bundesblatt on 7 July 1883.
TypeWeekly official journal
PublisherFederal Chancellery of Switzerland
Founded1849; 172 years ago (1849)

The Federal Gazette (German: Bundesblatt, BBl; French: Feuille fédérale, FF; Italian: Foglio federale, FF) publishes various official texts of the Swiss federal government, including:

  • reports of the Swiss Federal Council to the Swiss Federal Assembly, most notably the drafts of proposed laws with usually extensive explanations,
  • laws enacted by Parliament that are subject to an obligatory or facultative popular referendum,
  • reports and notifications by the Federal Council, parliamentary committees and various government agencies.

It is issued in the three official languages of Switzerland: German, French and Italian. All three language editions are equally valid. It is published by the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland in the form of weekly supplements to loose leaf binders.

Since 1999, they are also made available on the internet in PDF format. Since 1 January 2016, the electronic version (and not any more the printed one) of the Official Compilation and of the Federal Gazette is deemed authentic.

See also[edit]


  • Federal Publications Law of 2004-06-18, SR/RS 170.512 (E·D·F·I)
  • Federal Chancellery of Switzerland. "Schweizerische Bundeskanzlei - Publikationsrecht" (in German). Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  • Walther, Fridolin M. R. (15 November 2001). "Introduction to the Swiss Legal System: A Guide for Foreign Researchers". Law Library Resource Xchange. OCLC 753910374. Archived from the original on 11 October 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  • European Forum of Official Gazettes (2008). Directory of legal gazettes in Europe (PDF). Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. p. 60. ISBN 978-92-78-40518-2.

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