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SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is a federal state composed of 26 cantons (20 are "full" cantons and six "half" cantons for purposes of representation in the federal legislature) that retain attributes of sovereignty, such as fiscal autonomy and the right to manage internal cantonal affairs. Under the 1874 constitution, cantons hold all powers not specifically delegated to the federation. Switzerland's federal institutions are:

A bicameral legislature -- the Federal Assembly; A collegial executive of seven members -- the Federal Council; and A judiciary consisting of a single, regular court, the Federal Tribunal, in Lausanne and special military and administrative courts. The Federal Insurance Tribunal is an independent division for social security.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
President Couchepin, Pascal
Vice President Metzler-Arnold, Ruth
Chief, Federal Dept. of Defense, Civil Protection, & Sports Schmid, Samuel
Chief, Federal Dept. of Economic Affairs Deiss, Joseph
Chief, Federal Dept. of Finance Villiger, Kasper
Chief, Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs Calmy-Rey, Micheline
Chief, Federal Dept. of Home Affairs Couchepin, Pascal
Chief, Federal Dept. of Justice & Police Metzler-Arnold, Ruth
Chief, Federal Dept. of Transportation, Communications, & Energy Leuenberger, Moritz
Federal Chancellor Huber-Hotz, Annemarie
Chmn., Swiss National Bank Roth, Jean-Pierre
Ambassador to the US Blickenstorfer, Christian