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Annemarie Huber-Hotz (16 August 1948 – 1 August 2019) was a Swiss politician who served as the Federal Chancellor of Switzerland between 2000 and 2007. She was nominated by the FDP for the office, and elected to it on 15 December 1999. In 2011, she became President of the Swiss Red Cross and ex officio vice-president of the IFRC.[1]

Annemarie Huber-Hotz
Annemarie Huber-Hotz in Rapperswil.jpg
14th Chancellor of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2000 – 31 December 2007
PresidentAdolf Ogi
Moritz Leuenberger
Kaspar Villiger
Pascal Couchepin
Joseph Deiss
Samuel Schmid
Moritz Leuenberger
Micheline Calmy-Rey
DeputyOswald Sigg
Corina Casanova
Preceded byFrançois Couchepin
Succeeded byCorina Casanova
Personal details
Born(1948-08-16)16 August 1948
Baar, Switzerland
Died1 August 2019(2019-08-01) (aged 70)
Fribourg, Switzerland
Political partyFree Democratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Bern
Uppsala University
Graduate Institute of International Studies


Born in Baar, Zug, Huber-Hotz attended primary and secondary school in Baar, and the Gymnasium of Zug. She then studied sociology, ethnology and political science at the Universities of Bern, Uppsala (Sweden) and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and participated in various professional activities. She undertook advanced studies at ETH in Zürich in spatial planning.[2]

She held the following positions:[2]

  • 1976-1977: Studied spatial planning in Zug canton
  • 1978-1981: Worked for the General Secretariat of the Swiss Parliament, in the press service
  • 1981-1992: Worked for the secretariat of the Swiss Council of States
  • 1989-1992: Director of the scientific parliamentary service
  • 1992-1999: General Secretary of the Swiss Parliament
  • 2000-2007: Federal Chancellor
  • 2011- 2019: President, Swiss Red Cross

The Federal Chancellery, with about 180 workers, performs administrative functions relating to the co-ordination of the Swiss Federal government and the work of the Swiss Federal Council. The Chancellor is assisted by Vice-Chancellors and attends meetings of the Federal Council but does not vote. Huber-Hotz did not stand for reelection in December 2007 (after the general election), and was succeeded by Corina Casanova on 1 January 2008.

Huber-Hotz was married and had 3 children. She spoke English, French and Swedish in addition to German and Swiss German. Huber-Hotz died on 1 August 2019 at the age of 70 from a heart attack.[3][4]


  1. ^ Rotkreuzrat Archived November 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, Swiss Red Cross website.
  2. ^ a b Annemarie Huber-Hotz. Academia Englelberg Foundation. Retrieved 2010-12-11.
  3. ^ "Alt Bundeskanzlerin Annemarie Huber-Hotz ist unerwartet verstorben". Luzerner Zeitung. Retrieved Aug 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "Die ehemalige Schweizer Bundeskanzlerin Annemarie Huber-Hotz ist gestorben | NZZ". Aug 2, 2019. Retrieved Aug 3, 2019 – via NZZ.

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Political offices
Preceded by
François Couchepin
Chancellor of Switzerland
Succeeded by
Corina Casanova