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Portrait of the canton of Bern

The Canton of Bern lies in the heart of Switzerland. It is a bilingual canton and thus acts as a major bridge between the country’s German- and French-speaking communities. That is one of the reasons why the city of Bern, as the federal capital, is also Switzerland’s main political hub.

Living in Bern

Would you like to settle in the Canton of Bern? Are you interested in the Bernese school system? Do you have questions about things like work and taxes? Here you will find useful information and guidance on important aspects of life.

Institutions

Bern is a democracy with one of the most modern cantonal constitutions in Switzerland. It was also the first canton in Switzerland to enshrine the principle of transparency in its basic law. The authorities and public service are required to provide information actively and openly to the public.


Further information

In 2017, a variety of events are being held to celebrate the 600-year jubilee of Bern’s Rathaus.

The Rathaus in Bern – Behind the scenes at the seat of parliament and government

 


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