Swiss order of precedence

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The Swiss order of precedence is a hierarchy of important positions within the government of Switzerland. It has no legal standing but is used by ceremonial protocol. The order of precedence is determined by the Protocol Regulations[1] and the Table of Precedence[2] of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Unless otherwise noted, precedence among persons of equal rank is determined by seniority. As a general rule, spouses share the same rank.

Table of precedence[edit]

Color legend
Governments, Parliaments and Courts
of the Confederation, Cantons and Communes
Diplomats
Armed forces
Federal administration
Religious and educational authorities
Rank Position Incumbent (as of July 2016)
1 President of the Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann[3]
2 Vice President of the Federal Council Doris Leuthard[3]
3 Federal Councillors[note 1] Ueli Maurer, Didier Burkhalter, Simonetta Sommaruga, Alain Berset, Guy Parmelin[3]
Commanding General[note 2] vacant in time of peace
4 President of the National Council Christa Markwalder[4]
5 President of the Council of States Raphaël Comte[5]
6 Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr[3]
7 President of the Federal Supreme Court Gilbert Kolly[6]
8 Former Federal Councillors[note 1] see List of members of the Federal Council
9 Presidents of the cantonal governments[note 3] see List of cantonal executives
 
10 Vice Presidents of the National Council Jürg Stahl, Dominique de Buman[4]
11 Vice Presidents of the Council of States Ivo Bischofberger, Karin Keller-Sutter[5]
12 Vice President of the Federal Supreme Court Ulrich Meyer[6]
Bishops  
13 Chief of the Armed Forces André Blattmann[7]
Secretaries of State  
14 Members of the National Council[note 1] see List of members of the National Council
15 Members of the Council of States[note 1] see List of members of the Council of States
16 Judges of the Federal Supreme Court[note 1] see List of judges of the Federal Supreme Court
17 President of the Federal Criminal Court Daniel Kipfer Fasciati[8]
18 President of the Federal Administrative Court Jean-Luc Baechler[9]
19 President of the Federal Patent Court Dieter Brändle[10]
20 Heads of Swiss diplomatic missions  
Lieutenant Generals  
President of the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Fritz Schiesser[14]
21 Vice Presidents of the cantonal governments[note 3] see List of cantonal executives
22 Vice President of the Federal Criminal Court Tito Ponti[8]
23 Vice President of the Federal Administrative Court Marianne Ryter[9]
24 Vice President of the Federal Patent Court Frank Schnyder[10]
25 Members of the cantonal governments[note 3] see List of cantonal executives
26 Members of the Board of the Swiss National Bank Fritz Zurbrügg, Andréa Maechler[11]
27 Ambassadors  
Major Generals  
  • Delegates of the Federal Council
  • Directors of Federal Offices
  • Secretary-General of the Federal Assembly
  • Secretaries-General of the Federal Departments
  • Secretary-General of the Federal Supreme Court
  • Federal Vice Chancellors of the Confederation
  • Trade agreement delegates
see Federal administration
28 Mayor of Bern Alexander Tschäppät[15]
Rectors of universities and equivalent establishments  
29 Presidents of cantonal legislatures[note 3] see List of cantonal legislatures
Brigadier Generals  
Deputy directors  
30 University deans and directors  
31 Presidents of the cantonal courts[note 3]  
Deans of religious authorities  
32 Judges of the Federal Criminal Court[note 1] see List of judges of the Federal Criminal Court
Professors of universities and equivalent establishments  
33 Judges of the Federal Administrative Court[note 1] see List of judges of the Federal Administrative Court
34 Judges of the Federal Patent Court[note 1] see List of judges of the Federal Patent Court
35 Presidents of municipal executive authorities[note 3]  
36 Chancellors of cantons[note 3]  
Ministers  
Colonels  
Vice directors  
37 Members of cantonal legislatures[note 3] see List of cantonal legislatures
38
 
Lieutenant Colonels  
39 Majors  
Section heads  
Priests and Protestant Ministers  
40 Vicars  

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Precedence is determined by date of election.
  2. ^ A General is only elected in time of war, and is ranked after the Federal Councillors.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Precedence of cantonal authorities is determined by the order of cantons in article 1 of the Federal Constitution.

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