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The current members of the Swiss Federal Council (2003)

The Federal Council of Switzerland (in German: Bundesrat, in French: Conseil fédéral, in Italian: Consiglio federale is the a seven-member executive council which collectively assumes the office of head of state equivalent to that of a president or of a monarch, and the government of Switzerland.

Each of the seven members is heads a department:

One of the seven is elected to be president of the Federal Council (President of the Swiss Confederation) for a term of one year: he or she has no power above and beyond the other six, but rather is responsible for representing the country externally.

See also: List of members of the Swiss Federal Council (1848-present)

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