The Federal Department of Justice and Police FDJP publishes a document "Public holidays and days treated as public holidays in Switzerland" (kant-feiertage.pdf), which is unfortunately interpreted by many as a valid list of public holidays.
According to the FDJP, the list in question is not a general list of public holidays, but the list that regulates the calculation of deadlines in the field of civil, commercial and administrative law. The list is based on corresponding information provided by the cantons and was notified to the Council of Europe accordingly.
Thus, the published list is not a list of holidays that are relevant, for example, in labor law.
The Council of Europe requires from Switzerland a list of public holidays for the calculation of deadlines. In Switzerland, however, there are also religiously mixed cantons and those which allow local holidays. Therefore, said directory is not a detailed picture of the Swiss holidays, but a kind of distillation: a simplified representation of the situation and the definition for dealing with legal deadlines.
Texts in square brackets were not translated yet:
If you know a suitable translation, please click in the menu on "Translations" and translate the text.
More information in the German version.
Feel free to ask by E-Mail or use our online contact form. Contact