TIL Switzerland has 7 simultaneous “presidents”, each with equal power. Every year they rotate control of 7 federal depts & who acts as “head of state” (e.g. when dealing with other countries). They come from various parties — right now it’s 2 conservatives, 2 liberals, 2 socialists, and a centrist

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You see, we take it in turns, to act as a sort of… *executive officer of the week*


Technically we have a federal council with seven members, one of which takes on the title and role of president and head of state for the purposes of foreign affairs/interactions where a single representative is needed. That member has the official title of president, but has no more power than the other members. The job of president rotates between members of the council. Also, for those from the outside, the socialists are actually social democrats an not particularly socialist in the classical sense of the term, an the centrist is from a new centre right party that probably isn’t really the centre, but not as right as the conservatives. The composition of the federal council is not intentionally balanced like this an is chosen by the federal assembly (a bicameral institution of elected officials).


“To deal with other coubtries” there is a minister of foreign affairs, that may or may not be president that year. The president is mainly needed when another country expects one 😉 The rest is all correct!


Thank you – that was very informative. The bits of Switzerland I’ve visited have been serene, probably as a result of that cycling responsibility you describe.


What a bunch of losers. How are you going to start multiple pointless wars and rig their economy for rich people with a system like that?