Welcome to the information site of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). Thank you for your interest in the work of Switzerland's Federal Department for the infrastructure and the environment and its director, Simonetta Sommaruga.

In the DETEC there are more than 2500 persons devoted to the main concern of this department, namely, to assure the sustainable provision of primary services in Switzerland. We want to meet present requirements for infrastructures and at the same time to secure for future generations the chances of an intact environment.

We do our best to make information concerning the department available also in English. Regrettably, this is not always possible. However, if desired, staff members of the DETEC press and information service will put you in touch with an English-speaking representative. The DETEC press and information service can be contacted at the following phone number:

+41 58 462 55 11

Or by e-mail


New Gotthard railway tunnel

New Gotthard railway tunnel

The world’s longest railway tunnel was officially opened on 1 June 2016 – the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

New Gotthard railway tunnel

State visit by president of Ghana

At the end of February, Ghana’s head of state, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will pay a state visit to Switzerland.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Message by President Simonetta Sommaruga, 27.01.2020

Simonetta Sommaruga

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President of the Swiss Confederation

Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications

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