What is the capital of Switzerland?

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Main topic: Humanities
Other topics: Switzerland
Short answer:
  • Switzerland has no de jure capital
  • For practical purposes, Bern is considered its capital, or federal city
Bern, the de facto capital of Switzerland.

Switzerland's laws make no explicit mention of a capital, only a "federal city". Swiss laws only mention that " the Federal Assembly meets in Bern" and that "the official seat of the Federal Council, the departments and the Federal Chancellery is the City of Bern".[1][2]

Which leads to the questions: What is a capital, really? What effect is there if the capital of a province or nation is moved to a different city? What examples are there of attempts to move capitals that wholly or partly failed?


  1. "Why Switzerland has no capital and other questions you have about Switzerland". House of Switzerland. Retrieved 2022-10-26.
  2. Stephens), (Translated from French by Thomas. "Why is Bern the capital of Switzerland?". SWI swissinfo.ch. Retrieved 2022-10-26.