Terms and conditions


Although every care has been taken by the federal authorities to ensure the accuracy of the information published, no warranty as to it being accurate, reliable, up-to-date or complete can be given. The authorities reserve the right to alter or remove the content, in full or in part, without prior notice.

In no event shall they be liable for any loss or damage of a material or immaterial nature arising from access to, use or non-use of published information, or from misuse of the connection or technical faults.


Links to third party websites lie outside the scope of responsibility of the federal authorities. Access and use of such websites is entirely at the user’s own risk. The federal authorities expressly state that they have no influence whatsoever over the content of any linked site. Responsibility for information and services of linked sites rests entirely with the relevant third parties.

The federal authorities accept no liability in respect of the content of such websites.

Data protection

Based  on Article 13 of the Constitution of the Swiss Confederation and the  provisions of federal data protection legislation, everyone has the  right to the protection of their privacy, as well as to protection from  misuse of personal data. The federal authorities comply with these provisions. Personal data is treated as strictly confidential and is neither passed on nor sold to third parties.

In  close cooperation with the hosting provider, the federal authorities make every effort to protect the databases from outside access, data  loss, misuse or falsification.

When you access a website of the federal authorities, the following data is stored in log files: IP address, date, time, browser request and general information on the operating system and browser.

This  usage data forms the basis for statistical and anonymous evaluations, based on which the federal authorities make improvements to the  information on offer. Under the Federal Act on the Surveillance of Postal and Telecommunications Traffic (SPTA), there is a statutory duty to store data on all connections made in the past six months.

When you choose to make contact with us, your email address will be stored in a separate database not connected with the anonymous log files. You may delete your registration at any time.


Copyright: Federal authorities of the Swiss Confederation

Information on the websites of the Federal authorities is accessible to the public. Downloading or copying texts, illustrations, photos or any other data does not entail any transfer of rights on the content.

Copyright  and any other rights relating to texts, illustrations, photos or any  other data available on the websites of the federal authorities are the exclusive property of the federal authorities or of any other expressly mentioned owners. Any reproduction requires the prior written consent of the copyright holder.

If  no other source has been named, the pictures, photographs or images in question belong to the federal authorities of the Swiss Confederation, which retains the copyright and all other rights.

The maps used by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) are from the following sources:

City maps

Credits: OpenStreetMap; Our Airports (Megginson Technologies Ltd.)

Copyright: © OpenStreetMap contributors; © 2007-2014 by Megginson Technologies Ltd.

General remarks: The  boundaries and names shown as well as the designations used on this map  do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by Switzerland.

Maps, general country maps

Credits: Made  with Natural Earth; International Centre for Tropical Agriculture  (CIAT) – Consortium for Spatial Information (CSI)

Copyright: © 2014 Natural Earth

General remarks: The boundaries and names shown as well as the designations used on this map  do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by Switzerland.