Federal Department of Finance

The Federal Department of Finance (FDF, German: Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement, French: Département fédéral des finances, Italian: Dipartimento federale delle finanze, Romansh: Departament federal da finanzas ) is one of the seven departments of the Swiss federal government. The department is headquartered in Bern and headed by a member of the Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland's finance minister. Initially, in 1848, the department was called "Department of Finance", then, from 1873 "Department of Finance and Customs", until it received its present designation in 1978.

Federal Department of Finance
(in German) Eidgenössisches Finanzdepartement
(in French) Département fédéral des finances
(in Italian) Dipartimento federale delle finanze
(in Romansh) Departament federal da finanzas
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The Bernerhof, headquarters of the Federal Department of Finance
Agency overview
Formed1848; 174 years ago (1848)
JurisdictionFederal administration of Switzerland
Annual budgetExpenditure: CHF 15.7 billion
Revenue: CHF 59.5 billion
Minister responsible


The Department is composed of the following offices:[2]

The following independent authorities are affiliated to the FDF for administrative purposes:

  • Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO): The federal government audit office. Examines accounting practices and verifies the proper and efficient use of resources by the administration, other public service institutions and subsidy recipients.
  • Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA): Regulates banks, insurances, securities dealers, investment funds and stock exchanges, as well as the disclosure of shareholding interests, public takeover bids and mortgage lenders.
  • Federal Pension Fund (PUBLICA): Provides insurance coverage to employees of the federal administration, the other branches of the federal government and associated organisations.[3]

List of heads of the departmentEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Swiss Federal Chancellery. "The Swiss Confederation – a brief guide 2009". Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Organisation chart". Federal Department of Finance. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008.
  3. ^ Federal Act on the Federal Pension Fund, of 20 December 2006 (status as of 1 January 2012), Federal Chancellery of Switzerland (page visited on 5 September 2016).

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