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Country Profiles



Switzerland

Country Reports PDF

Report on Citizenship Law[pdf] by Achermann, Alberto - Achermann, Christin - D'Amato, Gianni - Kamm, Martina - Von Rütte, Barbara - Wichmann, Nicole

Published: May 2010 - Latest Update: June 2013

Report on Naturalisation Procedures[pdf] by Carrel, Noemi - Wichmann, Nicole

Published: January 2013

Reforming the Swiss Citizenship Act: Mission Impossible[pdf] by Wichmann, Nicole

Published: May 2013

Country expert(s)

Achermann, Alberto

Achermann, Christin

Carrel, Noemi

D'Amato, Gianni

Von Rütte, Barbara

Wichmann, Nicole

Kamm, Martina (assistant)

Current citizenship law

Federal Law of 29 September 1952 on the acquisition and loss of Swiss nationality (English consolidated version as amended 30 Sep 2011; entry into force 1 Jan 2013)[external link] LANGUAGE: uk

 

Federal Law of 29 September 1952 on the acquisition and loss of Swiss nationality (French consolidated version as amended 30 Sep 2011; entry into force 1 Jan 2013)[external link] LANGUAGE: France


Federal Law of 29 September 1952 on the acquisition and loss of Swiss nationality (German consolidated version as amended 30 Sep 2011; entry into force 1 Jan 2013)[external link] LANGUAGE: Germany


Federal Law of 29 September 1952 on the acquisition and loss of Swiss nationality (Italian consolidated version as amended 30 Sep 2011; entry into force 1 Jan 2013)[external link] LANGUAGE: Italy

Chronological table

Chronology of legislation

Terminology

Translations and a brief discussion of the use of the terms "citizenship" and "nationality" in legal documents and political debates

International Law

Treaties and conventions signed, ratified and reservations

Domestic case law Switzerland domestic case law
International and European case law Switzerland International and European case law
Citizenship statistics

Switzerland Statistics

Citizenship News

Newly elected member of the Swiss government renounces Italian citizenship even though the law does not demand it

Negative naturalisation decision lays bare the arbitrary and discretionary powers of local naturalisation committees in Switzerland

Moderate liberalization of citizenship law approved in Swiss referendum

Citizenship Links

Selections of links about citizenship

All links about citizenship