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Swiss Parliament Language

What language (s) does the Swiss parliament conduct its business in?
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Re: Swiss Parliament Language

They are afraid, in future, English will be the language in parliamanet, as fewer young Swiss geneation learn French or German!
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Re: Swiss Parliament Language

German mostly.
All politicians on national level speak german, no matter where they come from
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You can speak french on a matter of principle if you want to, but if it's important and you really want to get your point across, use german.
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Re: Swiss Parliament Language

Sadly, I know a lot about this because I have followed an effing lot of parliamentary debate recently. It's mostly German and a bit of French. The Italian speakers often revert to a more widely-understood language - Fulvio Pelli speaks French, for example.

Some parliamentary documentation is available in English as well as German, French and Italian.

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Sadly, I know a lot about this because I have followed an effing lot of parliamentary debate recently. It's mostly German and a bit of French. The Italian speakers often revert to a more widely-understood language - Fulvio Pelli speaks French, for example.

Some parliamentary documentation is available in English as well as German, French and Italian.
Officially, it is German, French and Italian. But people like Fulvio Pelli who studied at the universities of Bern and Zürich often express themselves in German (or French when the topic is regarding the Romandie).

That many members of parliament in personal meetings speak English comes from the fact that both learnt the other language in school and has some minor ability in it, but that both speak excellently English.

Practically everything of relevance on the federal level is published in German, French and Italian anyway
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Re: Swiss Parliament Language

Too late to do a search, but I have read many complaints from Latin (Francophone/Italophone) parliamentarians that most working papers are exclusively in German.
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Too late to do a search, but I have read many complaints from Latin (Francophone/Italophone) parliamentarians that most working papers are exclusively in German.
This simply reflects the strength of the languages in reality, as shown here
under

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/d...em/02/03b.html

Let's add to that that the complainers usually are the French speakers, but with less than 22% of
total population, they are well enough represented in the Federal institutions. AND all relevant
papers in the Federal administration ARE translated into French and Italian. Beside the point
that the French-speakers can establish French translations of all the working-papers if they
want to have it in French.

The other way round works. When the BAZL (Federal CAA) got the new aircargo security regulations
of ECAC from the DGAC (who was ready many month before the British CAA or the German LBA, they
got it translated within 2 months into German and Italian (700 pages). And now, ECAC 300 also was
translated accordingly. BAZL usually takes such stuff from the first office possible and then does
the translating itself.

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