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Switzerland bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 4 months of 2019, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Switzerland Bank Holidays in 2019 Observance*
Jan.  1 Tue New Year's Day
      2 Wed Saint Berchtold's Day (AG BE FR* GL* JU LU NW* OW* SG* SH* SO* TG VD VS* ZG* ZH) Regional
      6 Sun Epiphany (SZ TI UR) Regional
Mar.  1 Fri Republic Day (NE) Regional
     19 Tue Saint Joseph's Day (NW SO SZ TI UR VS) Regional
Apr.  4 Thu Näfelser Fahrtfest (GL) Regional
     19 Fri Good Friday (AG AI AR BE BL BS FR GE GL GR* JU LU NE NW OW SG SH SO SZ TG UR VD ZG ZH) Regional
     22 Mon Easter Monday (AG AI AR BE BL BS FR* GE GL GR JU LU NW* OW* SG SH SO* SZ TG TI UR VD VS* ZG* ZH) Regional
May     Wed Labour Day (AG BL BS JU NE SH SO* TG TI ZH) Regional
        Thu Ascension Day (Auffahrt)
June    Mon Whit Monday (AG AI AR BE BL BS FR* GE GL GR JU LU NW* OW* SG SH SO* SZ TG TI UR VD VS* ZG* ZH) Regional
        Thu Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) (AG AI FR JU LU NE NW OW SO SZ TI UR VS ZG) Regional
        Sun Jurassic Plebiscite Commemoration (JU) Regional
        Sat St. Peter and St. Paul (TI) Regional
Aug.    Thu National Day
        Thu Assumption (AG AI FR JU LU NW OW SO SZ TI UR VS ZG) Regional
Sep.    Thu Jeûne Genevois (GE) Regional
        Mon Day after the Federal Fast (VD) Regional
        Wed Bruderklausenfest (OW) Regional
Nov.    Fri All Saints' Day (AG AI FR GL JU LU NW OW SG SO SZ TI VS ZG) Regional
Dec.    Sun Immaculate Conception (AG AI FR LU NW OW SZ TI UR VS ZG) Regional
        Wed Christmas Day
        Thu Saint Stephen's Day (AG AI AR BE BL BS FR* GL GR LU NW* OW* SG SH SO* SZ TG TI UR VS* ZG* ZH) Regional
        Tue Restoration Day (GE) Regional
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

12 May 2015 Switzerland March 16 Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Décisions du Conseil fédéral-Berne) The Conseil fédéral (the Executive Federal Council of Switzerland) has turned-down a proposal by Bern region Green MP, Aline Trede, to declare March 16 as a new annual non-working federal public holiday in Switzerland.  05 Sep 2014 Switzerland 2015 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays, most of which are also non-working public holidays, for the calendar year 2015 in Switzerland.  04 Nov 2013 Switzerland 2014 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays, most of which are also non-working public holidays, for the calendar year 2014 in Switzerland.  31 Oct 2012 Switzerland 2013 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays, most of which are also non-working public holidays, for the calendar year 2013 in Switzerland.  26 Oct 2012 Switzerland Bill To Extend May Day Public Holiday (Parlement du Canton du Valais-Sion) Four members of Switzerland's Valais Parliament, all from the Alliance De Gauche (ADG) party, have introduced a motion to further extend the observance of the May Day non-working public holiday to the Canton of Valais.  10 Oct 2011 Switzerland 2012 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays, most of which are also non-working public holidays, for the calendar year 2012 in Switzerland.  10 Apr 2011 Switzerland Bill Would Create Thanksgiving Public Holiday (20 Minutes Online-Bern) A member of the Swiss Parliament, Ricardo Lumengo, has announced he wants to introduce legislation to create a new annual non-working national public holiday to thank foreigners for their contribution to Switzerland.  31 Aug 2010 Switzerland 2011 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays for 2011 in Switzerland.  27 Aug 2009 Switzerland Asked To Relax Rules For 3 Public Holidays (kipa + apic-Freiburg) The business council of Switzerland's Canton of Solothurn (Office cantonal des arts et métiers-KGV) has petitioned the region's government to allow stores to open on 3 of the region's specific religious public holidays.  26 Mar 2009 Switzerland Adds Labour Day Public Holiday In Neuchatel Canton (Le Matin-Lausanne) Switzerland's State Council has decided that, starting in 2010, the Canton of Neuchâtel would observe the May 1st, Labour Day public holiday, currently observed by 9 of Switzerland's 26 Cantons.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Switzerland public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

When an asterisk (*) appears near the abbreviation of a Canton, for a regional holiday, it means that although it is not one of the legally recognized public holidays (gesetzlich anerkannte Feiertage), it should nonetheless be observed as such (Tage, die wie gesetzliche Feiertage behandelt werden).  Swiss Canton Abbreviations: AG: Aargau AI: Appenzell Innerrhoden AR: Appenzell Ausserrhoden BS: Basel-Stadt BL: Basel-Landschaft BE: Bern FR: Fribourg GE: Geneva GL: Glarus GR: Graubünden JU: Jura LU: Lucerne NE: Neuchâtel NW: Nidwalden OW: Obwalden SH: Schaffhausen SZ: Schwyz SO: Solothurn SG: St. Gallen TG: Thurgau TI: Ticino UR: Uri VS: Valais VD: Vaud ZG: Zug ZH: Zürich.  Switzerland International Codes CH and CHE (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ch (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Switzerland information and news: Swiss National Bank (Switzerland central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Switzerland maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Switzerland), and Wikipedia (includes Switzerland commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Switzerland, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2019 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Switzerland, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Switzerland, before planning any trip to Switzerland. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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