Rise in social expenditure

Old age and sickness cause rise in social expenditure

The third Swiss social statistics report reveals an increasing trend of long-term unemployment and a rise in the number of single-parent households. The poverty rate has risen, whereas the social assistance rate has remained stable. In parallel with an increase in the population aged over 65, social expenditure on old age and sickness has grown.

UN Climate Conference in Poland

President Alain Berset at UN Climate Conference in Poland 

President Alain Berset and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will attend the UN climate conference being held in Katowice, Poland, from 3 to 14 December.

Visit in Rumania

Visit in Rumania

On Thursday, 1 November, President Berset paid a visit to Romania. The visit follows the tradition of establishing contact with the holder of the next EU Council presidency.

UN General Assembly


“There are no winners in a zero-sum game”

In his address to the General Assembly President Alain Berset stressed the importance to Switzerland of international cooperation and international law. He stated that the international community had much to lose in the current crisis facing multilateralism.

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Appearances and events

A listing of events attended by the head of Department.

Alain Berset

Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA


Speeches (in german)

Interviews (in german)